Coconut, Matcha, & Chocolate Chip Bliss Balls

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These coconut, matcha, and chocolate chip snack bites are perfect for a healthy and on the go snack! They also freeze well and are perfect for meal prep.

I’ll tell you a little secret: I think I’m addicted to Cacao Nibs. I bought a two pound bag of them on Amazon the other week, and it’s all been downhill from there. I just love their crunchy texture and deep chocolate flavor, okay? So when I decided to make some dreamy coconut and matcha bliss balls (snack balls, snack bites, whatever), I knew I had to add some in there as well.

Coconut + Matcha + Cacao Nibs? Now that’s a trifecta.

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Of course, if you prefer your chocolate to be sweeter, you can always substitute other dairy-free chocolate chips for the cacao nibs in this recipe. Or you can leave them out if you don’t have any on hand, as coconut and matcha are two great flavors that work well on their own. But let’s be real here – are you really going to pass up this opportunity to eat more chocolate?

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Recently (in addition to my chocolate addiction) I have been loving matcha powder as well. If you haven’t heard of it before, Matcha is a powder of finely processed green tea. Because you are drinking the entire leaf of the tea when you use it, you get SO much more health benefits and antioxidants! Once I found that out, it was easy to replace my occasional cups of diluted green tea with matcha lattés – plus, they’re really fun to make in your blender.

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Anyways, back to balls. These balls are so simple to make and are wonderfully delicious. I added  Moringa Powder to make them extra green and healthy, but that is totally optional. A lot more optional than the aforementioned Cacao Nibs 😉

Some Final Notes:
  • You can store these balls in the fridge or the freezer, but I prefer to keep them frozen. One, they last longer, and two, they get this really dense and fudgy texture to them. They will be a lot softer if you just keep them in the fridge…but delicious nonetheless!
  • If you’re feeling fancy you could roll these balls in some extra cacao nibs, chia seeds, or even hemp seeds! I was just feelin’ lazy and thought they were beautiful enough on their own.
  • Bliss balls are pretty much a foolproof recipe, so feel free to adapt according to whatever is in your pantry. These would also be great with some added Cinnamon, Maca Powder, or even Vanilla Extract. Yum!

If you end up making this recipe, be sure to post a photo on Instagram and tag me using @frommybowl + #FromMyBowl so I can see your delicious creation!

 

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Coconut, Matcha, & Chocolate Chip Bliss Balls

These coconut, matcha, and chocolate chip snack bites are perfect for a healthy and on the go snack! They also freeze well and are perfect for meal prep.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 19 balls 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup Oats, ground into flour (quick or rolled will work)
  • 1/2 cup + 2tbsp Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
  • 1/2 cup Almond Meal
  • 1 cup Medjool Dates, pitted
  • 1 tbsp Matcha Powder
  • 2 tbsp Cacao Nibs or Dairy Free Chocolate Chips
  • 2 tsp Moringa Powder (optional)

Instructions

  1. Pit your Dates, place them into a bowl, and cover them with hot water. Let sit for 10 minutes, then drain well.
  2. In a food processor or high-speed blender, blend the Oats until they form a fine powder. 
  3. Add in the Coconut, Almond Meal, Matcha Powder, and optional Moringa. Pulse until combined.
  4. Toss in the soaked and drained Dates into the mixture, and blend until a uniform paste is created.
  5. Pulse in the Cacao Nibs or Chocolate Chips until evenly distributed.
  6. Using a 1 tablespoon measure, scoop the dough out and roll it into balls. Note: it helps to have your hands slightly wet for this step! 
  7. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 week, or the freezer up to two months.

Notes

* I used reduced fat Shredded Coconut, but regular will work as well. ** If you do not have Almond Meal, process some almonds (or any other nut) in a food processor until you have a fine flour

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  1. Everything is all about the dates at the moment, absolutely loving it! They’re so delicious and versatile. Also, had to google what Moringa was, sounds interesting

    Jared | Matcha Tea

    1. Dates are the best! We managed to get our hands on some from fresh ones straight from the source, still dreaming about them!

  2. Thank you so much for this recipe. I am not vegan myself but I decided to try this recipe and see what it was like and I absolutely love it!!????

  3. 5 stars
    I made these last minute and due to a lack of resources on the spot so I substituted almond meal for coconut flour (1/4 cup instead of 1/2…it’s very absorbent).. And used Qi’a creamy coconut oatmeal – Still very good! Thank you for this recipe will make again! 🙂

  4. What can I use instead of rolled oats? Should I just add more almond meal, or will it be too soft? I found I can’t digest raw oats too well…?

    1. You can substitute almond meal, or more dried nuts! However you may need to adjust the liquid accordingly as I have not tested this recipe without oats.

  5. 5 stars
    Hi Caitlin,
    I just made these this morning, very yummy! Thank you for creating and sharing the recipe! I am a bit lazy however, so I didn’t soak the dates – instead I added a few tablespoons of coconut milk. I also didn’t have cacao nibs so just used dairy milk chocolate (maybe that’s why my kids said ‘they’re actually pretty good’!). Also squeezed in a teaspoon of vanilla bean paste. I can imagine a bit of white rum might also be good – for Xmas time! Cheers, Liz

  6. Hi Caitlin,
    What type of blender do you have? I know it’s a Ninja, but does it matter which one? I would like a blender that I can make banana ice cream, smoothies, soups, and hummus with. I trust your opinion because I love your recipes, so please let me know!
    Thanks 🙂

    1. I use the NINJA DUO – it’s a mini blender and mini food processor. I find that it is the perfect size as I cook for one, and I haven’t had any problems with it (other than that it is a little noisy). I have a link to the exact one I use on the “Shop” page of this website if you are curious!

  7. 4 stars
    Wonderful recipe. I’m allergic to tree nuts. So hard to be vegan with nut-allergy! Could you suggest anything in place of the coconut?

    1. Hi Cynthia! Obviously the recipe will taste very different without the coconut, but you could substitute it for ground sunflower seeds! You can substitute the almond meal with additional oat flour as well. You might want to add some cinnamon or other spices that you like to make them more flavorful 🙂

    1. At the moment, I do not! I don’t count calories and don’t want to encourage other people to do the same 🙂 Hope you understand!

  8. 5 stars
    Hi! I love your blog and your channel. I just had a quick question. I’m allergic to almonds, is there anything I can replace the almond meal with? Thank you!

    1. Thank you so much! You could grind up sunflower seeds if you’d like, or you could just replace the almond meal with equal parts oat flour

      1. Do you have nutritional Facts for these bites? I need them for my diet plan please and thank you

      2. Hi Natasha! I do not calculate the nutritional information for my recipes, but there are plenty of free online calculators that can help you out 🙂