Cacao & Fig Bliss Balls (Gluten Free, Vegan Recipe)

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These 7 Ingredient Cacao and Fig Bliss Balls are ready in less than 15 minutes! They’re a perfect afternoon pick-me-up, evening treat, or lunch box snack.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a chocolate recipe on the blog…so I needed to fix that ASAP. You all know that I love chocolate, but I thought it would be fitting to give some attention to one of my other favorite foods too – FIGS!

Thus, this super-easy, super-delicious, super-simple (7 ingredients, heck yeah) recipe was born.

Cacao Fig Bliss Balls Gluten Free Vegan

These Cacao and Fig Bliss Balls are…SO. DANG. GOOD. Seriously.

Have you ever made Bliss Balls before? I love them because they make a great afternoon pick-me-up, smoothie bowl topper, or dessert! I usually make large batches and store them in my freezer. That way they last longer, and I can have a sweet treat whenever I want!

Cacao Fig Bliss Balls Gluten Free Vegan

Most balls are made with Medjool Dates, but I thought I would try using dried Figs instead. After you soak the figs in hot water for a bit, they become soft enough to blend into a paste! Plus, the figs naturally have these little crunchy bits in them, which adds a great texture to these bites.

Cacao Fig Bliss Balls Gluten Free Vegan

Plus, the fruity swap makes these Fig Bliss Balls a little less sugary. Don’t get me wrong, they’re still a sweet treat, but sometimes I find that dates can be a little too sweet for me. I’ve always been a fan of dark chocolate over milk chocolate anyways, so I think this works perfectly for this recipe.

What’s your favorite type of chocolate? Let me know in the comments below (though I will say, I may or may not judge you if you say White Chocolate. Ha!)

Cacao Fig Bliss Balls Gluten Free Vegan

A Few Final Thoughts:
  • I love the almost bitter taste of Cacao Nibs, but if you prefer something sweeter you can substitute them for regular chocolate chips. Just be sure they are vegan, and you may want to try to find mini ones!
  • If you do not have almonds on hand, feel free to sub with any other nut, or even sunflower seeds! Cashews or Hazelnuts would be absolutely delicious here
  • As I mentioned earlier, I prefer to store these balls in the freezer. They don’t get hard and can last for months! (Though I highly doubt they will actually last that long before you eat them all).

Finally, if you decide to recreate this recipe, be sure to tag me on Instagram @frommybowl + #frommybowl so I can see all of your hard work! 🙂

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Cacao & Fig Bliss Balls (Gluten Free, Vegan Recipe)

These 7 Ingredient Cacao and Fig Bliss Balls are ready in less than 15 minutes! They’re a perfect afternoon pick-me-up, evening treat, or lunch box snack.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 19 Balls 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup Dried Figs, stems removed
  • 1 cup Almonds
  • 1/4 cup Cacao Powder (Or Cocoa, Carob)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1/2 tbsp Cacao Nibs (or Vegan Chocolate Chips)

Instructions

  1. Trim the stems off of the dried figs, if there are any. Place them in a medium bowl, cover with hot water, and let sit for 5-10 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, pulse the Almonds in a food processor until the form a coarse meal. Add in the Cacao Powder, Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon, and Salt.
  3. Drain the Figs, then add to the food processor. Process all ingredients until a uniform, crumbly “dough” forms.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, then stir in the Cacao Nibs until evenly incorporated.
  5. Using a 1 tbsp measure, form the dough into even balls – mine made about 19. Note: it helps to have your hands slightly wet for this step so the mixture will not stick to them.
  6. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Notes

Almonds may be substituted with Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Cashews, or Hazelnuts.

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  1. Make these almost weekly. Such a great snack, just the right sweet to savory, chewy, crunchy mix. I usually add in 3-4 Tbsp. of cocoa nibs. Thanks so much!

  2. I had made another fig & ginger recipe, where you dip the balls in chocolate, but your recipe is much tastier and nutty. I added 1 Tbs. + 1tsp. of coconut honey to the mix and they turned out delish!!
    Thank you for your recipe.
    Carmen

  3. Great recipe, I made it without soaking the figs and added spiced rum for a bit of moisture, then coated in coconut. Tate’s great! ????????????

  4. I just made these for the first time, with a few modifications and wow, these are outstanding! Instead of 1 cup of almonds, I used 1/4 cup pecans, 1/4 cup walnuts and 1/2 oatmeal. I also added two tablespoons of peanut butter, used a bourbon infused vanilla and eliminated the cocoa nibs. I rolled in icing (powdered) sugar. All my ingredients were organic and I am so pleased with the results…definitely making these again!

  5. Love these and thought I would share my latest version. I infused some bourbon with figs and didn’t want to waste the figs or bourbon they absorbed. Well, let’s just say I found a great use for them and the bourbon bliss balls were great 🙂

  6. We have a lot of fresh figs. Can they be used instead of reconstituted dry figs in this recipe?

  7. These come everywhere with me since the first time i made them! It’s not the season for figs now so you can’t find them where i live and i had to make them with dates. They were delicious, and now that the summer is getting closer i’m super excited to try them again with figs as soon as i can get my hands on some. Thank you so much for the recipe!

  8. 5 stars
    Made this last week and froze them…down to my last one now and i’m so sad i’m going to the shops to get ingredients to made a new batch today!

  9. 5 stars
    We just discovered bliss balls on our trip to New Zealand… so happy to find this recipe. Thanks! Any idea how many calories each ball has?

  10. Nothing is better than fresh figs. Maybe fresh dates. I’m going to go to Croatia tomorrow, to the home of fig. It’s mediterranean contry so figtrees grow like grass, and so cheap! I definitely recommend you visiting once this amazing place.
    Petra xx
    ps.:I love your work, you are an amazing soul.