raw energy balls on a tray

Whoever is responsible for the idea that we should mash a bunch of healthy ingredients into one little ball as a snack is an absolute genius in my book. Bliss balls (or energy bites) are one of the easiest things to make, and they are a perfect little nutrient-dense bite! They are a good balance of healthy fats, plant-based protein, and complex carbohydrates for an actually satisfying and beneficial snack!

raw energy balls on a plate on a baking tray
raw energy balls on a plate on a baking tray
raw energy balls on a plate on a baking tray

This post includes a recipe for bliss balls, 3 ways: protein pumpkin spice, chewy chocolate walnut brownie, and peanut butter oatmeal raisin cookie.

I can’t pick a favorite with these little guys! Lucky me, I have all 3 prepped and ready in a big container in my freezer for easy snacks. They are all sooo good, and so satisfying as a little sweet treat. But sweetened naturally with things like dates and raw honey 🙂

raw energy balls on a plate

I can’t wait to hear which one is your favorite! xx

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Bliss Balls, 3 ways

  • Author: Mia Zarlengo
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 912 balls 1x
  • Category: Snacks


Perfect little bliss ball bites, 3 different ways! Made with simple ingredients for a satisfying and tasty snack! 



Protein Pumpkin Spice

  • 5 dates (soak in warm water for a few minutes if they are cold)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1/2 cup roasted cashews
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 serving of vanilla collagen or protein powder
  • 1 tbsp brain octane (or use melted coconut oil)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Chewy Chocolate Walnut Brownie

  • 1 + 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 6 dates
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

  • 3/4 cup old fashion rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup raisins


For the protein pumpkin spice: 

  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until a ball of “dough” forms or everything is smooth well combined.
  2. Scrape all of it out into a bowl, let set in fridge for 30 minutes (helps to form into balls).
  3. Roll into balls (I like to roll them in some extra cinnamon) and store in fridge or freezer!

For the chocolate walnut brownie:

  1. Add walnuts to a food processor and pulse into a crumbly meal. Add all other ingredients and process until a smooth dough forms.
  2. Note, walnuts will naturally produce some oils. Try not to over process. If there is excess oil, they may be a little messy to make but they will still turn out delicious 🙂
  3. Roll into balls, then store in refrigerator or freezer.

For the peanut butter oatmeal cookie:

  1. In a large bowl, stir together everything besides the raisins until everything is well combined.
  2. Fold in the raisins, then allow dough to chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  3. Roll into balls, then store in refrigerator or freezer.

Dairy Free, Dessert, Gluten Free, Recipes, Snacks, Vegetarian


Nov 3, 2019

Bliss Balls, 3 ways

Did you make this recipe? Be sure to tag @gatherednutrition on INstagram so I can see what you made! Leaving a rating and review on the site is a huge help too!

  1. Kate says:

    Dates don’t agree with me, is there any good substitute for them?

    • Mia Zarlengo says:

      Hi Kate,

      Unfortunately you need the dates for the texture here, so there isn’t a good substitute. So sorry! xo

  2. Katrina says:

    Another go-to for me!! these make my mouth water!

  3. Vicky says:

    A staple in my weekly meal prep. The brownie are so delicious

  4. Victoria says:

    I’ve only made the chocolate walnut version but they were divine ????

  5. Sofia says:

    Do you have nutrition information for any of these?

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Is there a good substitute for the shredded coconut in the peanut butter oatmeal raisin recipe?

    • Mia Zarlengo says:

      I haven’t tried them any other way, so I can’t say for sure. You could try subbing hemp seeds, but you will lose some of the sweetness/flavor.

  7. Gabby Paolini says:

    Ok, I LOVE these ???????? They’re the perfect sweet treat after dinner or just when you need a lil snack without going overboard. I added peanut butter to some and they turned out sooo good.

  8. Caroline says:

    I made the chocolate brownie ones but subbed almonds since that was what I had on hand- absolutely yum! do you have the calorie count for the recipe?

  9. Tia says:

    Made the PB oatmeal raisin balls and I am SO impressed! They’re too easy to be so tasty!! 10/10 recommend

  10. Tia says:

    Made the PB oatmeal raisin balls and I am SO impressed! They’re too easy to be so tasty!! 10/10 recommend

  11. Avriel says:

    these look so good! Mine are chilling in the fridge now I had a taste of the mixture and it was delicious!

  12. Shannon says:

    I made the PB oatmeal bliss balls earlier this week to begin easing out of my holiday sweet tooth and these did just the trick! A delectable post-meal treat to curb any sweet cravings. Thank you, Mia!

  13. Ava says:

    I made the oat ones and for oat flour just blended up some rolled oats! worked out super well and would make again

  14. Jess says:

    Made the chocolate walnut and THANK YOU! So easy and delicious and quick too. Truly just love all your recipes because they make me actually enjoy baking and cooking!

  15. Shu-Chun says:

    This is a wonderful three ways of making bliss balls.
    Gonna try out this recipe soon. Thanks!

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