These no bake Salted Caramel Bliss Balls are quick and easy to make using only real wholesome ingredients. Make these bliss balls ahead of time for the perfect dessert or snack. With only 5 ingredients these bars are vegan, gluten-free, and naturally sweetened with medjool dates.
I love making my own bliss balls at home because they are so easy and quick to make. Although I often buy bliss balls at my grocery stores I find that they are often packed with a lot of sugar. When making my own I like to make sure to minimal ingredients and use the least amount of ingredients as possible, sugar being one of them.
For this recipe I did not add maple or agave syrup as a sweetener. Instead I decided to use naturally sweet medjool dates instead. If your dates are slightly dry just soak them in warm to hot water for 15-20 minutes before adding them to the food processor or high powered blender. The warm water will slightly rehydrate them making them sticky enough to make a dough like texture to roll into bliss balls.
I do have to admit it wasn’t until I was in my 20s when I first tried a date. Once I tried it I was automatically obsessed. They literally taste like nature’s candy! You might ask, just like I did, what is a medjool date? Medjool dates is a sweet fruit that has a soft and chewy inside with a caramel brown color outside. They originated from the Middle East and North Africa and are very popular around the world. Dates are not only deliciously sweet but are said to have a lot of health benefits including being packed with potassium and fiber.
TIPS WHEN MAKING YOUR BLISS BALLS
- If your dates are dry at all I highly recommend soaking them in warm water for 15-20 minutes before adding them to the food processor or blender.
- As a binder in these energy bars I used creamy almond butter. However, if you do not have almond butter any other nut butter will work as well.
- I used almond flour in the recipe. If you do not have almond flour you can use unsalted sliced almonds as a substitute. The sliced almonds will turn into the same consistency when blended in the food processor or blender.
- If your dough feels dry add an additional Tablespoon of almond butter to your bliss ball dough. If it feels too wet add additional almond flour.
- To measure the amount of your salted caramel bliss balls I used a small cookie scoop so that every bliss ball would be about the same size. A tablespoon measurement spoon will also work.
- I rolled some of my bliss balls in shredded coconut to add additional texture to the outside. Other great opinions include, sprinkles, chopped chocolate, and chopped nuts.
These Salted Caramel Bliss Balls are:
Quick & Easy
Perfect Snack or Dessert
If you make these bliss balls I would love it if you would snap a photo of your food and share it with me on instagram @itsallgoodvegan.com. I can’t wait to see how you like it!
Salted Caramel Bliss Balls
- 1 cup (250 mL) pitted medjool dates, soaked in water for 15-20 minutes
- 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
- 2 Tbsp (30 mL) almond butter
- ¼ tsp (1.2 mL) salt
- ¾ cup(180 mL) almond flour
- 2 Tbsp (30 mL) shredded coconut (optional)
- Combine all ingredients together in a food processor or high powered blender. Pulse until the mixture turns into a cookie dough like texture. If your dough is dry add additional almond butter.
- Using a cookie scoop or spoon scoop and roll dough into small balls and place them on a plate. Roll your bliss ball in shredded coconut or any of your favorite toppings.
- Leftovers will last in an airtight container for up to one week in your fridge and 1 month in the freezer.
- Do you notice your dates are a little dry? Soak them in warm water for 15-20 minutes before placing them in your food processor.
- Roll your bliss balls in shredded coconut, sprinkles, chocolate, or chopped nuts.
- Substitute almond butter for any other nut butter.