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Hey, hi! Happy Friday!! Let’s talk chocolate things!

Winter Bliss Balls | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

I am so excited today is finally here. The weekend is very very much needed. But first, we have these crazy healthy winter bliss balls to chat about for one. These are basically superfood in dessert form, and I could not love them more. Plus, they’re incredibly easy…and fast 10 mins to chocolate paradise. Win. Win.

But…before I dive into these winter bliss balls and other weekend things, I just wanted to quickly address yesterday’s missing post. Some of you may or may not have noticed, but there wasn’t a new post yesterday, as there typically has been on Thursday for the past 4 1/2 years. I am so sorry! We made some major site adjustments on the back-end on Wednesday…hopefully to improve the site and the reader experience (meaning make it faster and easier for you guys to use!). however, late Wednesday night some malfunctions began to occur and we were unable to have the new post go live. Not going to lie, I am pretty bummed about it. This is the very first time in my four and a half years of writing this little blog that a new post has not gone live on a weekday. I know, things happen and it’s just one post, but I feel bad that I didn’t have something for you all to read! Plus, the recipe is pretty delicious!

Don’t worry, I will be sharing it next week, and I have a special Saturday post planned for this weekend, so you’re still going to get plenty of ME…whether you want to or not. 🙂

Thanks for being the bestest and kindest readers out there, and for sticking with me even when the site has being SO annoying, you guys are seriously the best! Hoping all the kinks have been worked out (fingers crossed) and we can now only chat about super fun chocolate things and weekend things too!

Winter Bliss Balls | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Winter Bliss Balls | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

OK! Let’s talk chocolate loaded bliss balls and Friday things. These chocolate balls have quickly become a new family favorite as both of my parents are now on a massive cacao kick after learning of its superfood characteristics and age reversing benefits. My mom has actually been drinking a 3/1 mix of cacao to cocoa for maybe two years now, but she recently read something to my dad that’s got him going now too. He is not one to “drink warm milk”, but I think he’s been sprinkling the cacao powder on things. I mean, I’ve only been telling them cacao’s benefits for the last year, but I guess they needed an online article to really convince them. Whatever, at least they are both on the superfood train now…cool, cool. I’m already dreaming up all the desserts I can make healthier!

Wondering what the heck cacao powder is? Like dark chocolate, cacao powder contains flavonoids, which are said to help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to the brain and heart. Cacao also contains an abundance of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Long story short, cacao is chocolate in its purist and rawest form. It’s bitter, but when paired with sweet dates, like in these bliss balls, it’s a guilt free superfood that we all need so much more of in our lives. <–truth.

Winter Bliss Balls | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Winter Bliss Balls | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

SO to solve all of our problems, I made use these delicious chocolate bliss balls!

Now we can eat all the chocolate we like and actually feel good about it, not an ounce of guilt here. Thank God because today needs lots and lots of chocolate. Busy week and and even busier weekend ahead. Meaning these winter bliss balls need to be made!

Here’s how these work. Take some dates, cashews, cacao powder, coconut, hemp seeds, chai seeds, maca powder (great for helping to balance hormones!), and orange zest. Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and pulse away until you have a dough that looks like well…chocolate dough!!

Roll the dough into balls, and then roll the balls in the toppings…simple as that. These are best straight out of the fridge, but still delicious at room temperature making them perfect for easy on the go snacking…which is just what is needed for this weekend!

Winter Bliss Balls | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

The family is headed to Aspen to watch Red compete at the Winter X-Games. Everyone’s pretty excited, and all of us could not be more proud. Qualifiers are today and if he makes it through those, then it’s off to finals on Sunday. If you feel the need, please say a little prayer for kid. He’s flying way too high over massive jumps made of snow and ice, and even though he’s got serious skills he needs all the good vibes he can get! OKOK and I worry about him way too much, so I’d greatly appreciate the extra positivity. I’m one of those people that covers their eyes while they watch. Like tell me when it’s over and he’s landed everything and is completely safe and sound, you know?

Sister vibes I guess.

Anyway, that’s what I am doing this weekend, and since I promised Red that I would bring lots of treats with me, these balls are definitely coming on the road to fancy Aspen…along with pans of cookies, bars and brownies.

Follow along on Instagram! And then go make some winter bliss balls! 🙂

Winter Bliss Balls | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Winter Bliss Balls.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings: 18 balls
Calories Per Serving: 162 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 25-30 medjool dates, pitted (about 2 cups packed)
  • 1 1/2 cups roasted cashews
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoon maca powder
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • pinch of flaky sea salt
  • melted chocolate, nuts,seeds, dried roses, cocoa or cacao powder, for topping

Instructions

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add all the ingredients to a food a processor and pulse until fully combined and the dough easily holds together when squeezed in your hand.
  • Roll the dough into tablespoon size balls. If desired, roll on your desired toppings OR dip in melted chocolate and sprinkle your toppings onto the chocolate. Allow the chocolate to set in the fridge.
  • Store the balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.
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Winter Bliss Balls | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

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  1. Hello!

    I am making a lot of bliss balls- I love them! And I saw your recipe- I love it too! But with all the bliss balls that I do I can feel an after taste , hard to explain but maybe acidic. I was thinking that it may be because sometimes I leave the balls in the fridge for a few days (but none of the ingredients should problem a problem,?). I thought it was the coconut (maybe poor quality) mixed with the water (I replaced the milk with water, but maybe it is the water or milk together as I also add porridge oats.. If you have a recommendation or a tip it would be great !!! Thanks!!, Lucy

    1. Hi Lucy, I am so sorry, I am a little confused about what exactly you are asking or maybe just how to answer. The aftertaste? could it be from the dates possibly? Do you like dates on their own? IS this aftertaste in my recipe or in others recipes? Hope I can help figure out this issue for you!

    1. HI! Can you use a seed? I think an equal amount of hemp or sesame seeds would be awesome. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    These taste great!! I am liking the addition of the orange peel! I plan on keeping mine in the freezer so it will be more difficult to to eat 2-3 at once. ?

    1. Haha! Honestly I am not sure, I will find out. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! ?

  3. These sound amazing! Sometime will you take a picture with your ingredients so we can see them? I am new to doing healthy! So a little unsure what I buy is correct! I saw the Amazon list but like to see what you put out to make these! Thanks I am loving all of your ideas and gave a couple of friends you cookbook for Christmas!

  4. Made this today and rolled them in melted chocolate&almond butter. They are so delicious, I literally had to stop myself from eating all of them.

  5. Hi there! I love your recipes and posts. The chocolate bombs look yummy ? However, the amount of dates in the recipe seems excessive. I’m used to working in the metric system, but 25-30 cups seems A LOT…. Is it correct?

    1. Hi Cathy! Thank you SO much for pointing this out. That would be WAY too many dates. You only need about 25-30 dates. The recipe has been fixed. So incredibly sorry about that. Let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love these!

  6. Just finished making these bliss balls. Yum!! But they were to dry to roll into balls, so I just added a dash of almond coconut milk to moisten them. Worked like a charm!

    1. So happy you enjoyed these. so weird they where a little dry. Mine where so stick. Where your dates moist and plump?

  7. Glad that the blog is back and running! I am stoked to try making these bliss balls one day! Chocolate. ALL THE TIME.

  8. These bites look totally delicious Tieghan! That last photo….I want to grab that bliss ball right off the screen!

  9. I never feel bad about chocolate, just saying;) Ha, but these look awesome! I love love the flavor of dates and they are such an effective binding agent in recipes like this. I am wondering why you opted for roasted cashews? I love how almost cashew buttery the raw ones easily get when blended. Just curious:) (Also, I think yo mean chia seeds not “chai.”)

    1. Thanks Maria!! I use roasted cashews becasue I love the flavor, they just add so much! And yes, I mean chia, not chai, thanks for catching that! 🙂