Bliss balls are a fantastic way to pack flavour and nutrition into a convenient snack. With the help of a food processor, they can be made in minutes. They’ll easily keep for a month in an airtight container in the fridge, so you’ll always have a healthy, nutrient-rich snack on hand.
The creamy, buttery texture of macadamias and their nutrient-dense character make them a perfect inclusion in bliss ball recipes.
Here are five of our favourite macadamia bliss ball recipes.
1. Probiotic macadamia bliss balls with white chocolate coating
To boost the gut health factor of this tasty snack we have added probiotics to the melted white chocolate. These are a great grab-and-go treat that satisfy those sweet cravings without being too naughty.
- ½ cup macadamias, roughly chopped
- 8 fresh dates, seeds removed, roughly chopped
- 4 dried figs, roughly chopped
- ¼ cup dried strawberries (or replace with cranberries or chopped apricot)
- ¼ teaspoon rosewater (optional)
- 200g white chocolate
- 2 probiotic capsules, powder contents only
Place all the ingredients into the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth and the mixture can form a ball. Roll heaped teaspoons of mixture into balls and set aside.
Place the white chocolate into the top part of a double boiler and melt over a saucepan of simmering water. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Stir in the probiotic powder.
Place a wire rack on top of a sheet of baking paper. Using wooden skewers, roll each ball in the melted chocolate and place on the rack to set. Refrigerate in a covered container.
2. Macadamia and goji bliss balls
In this bliss ball creation we’ve added a little protein powder to up the sustained energy boost. Protein bliss balls are a delicious option to have as a snack following a workout.
- 3 cups macadamias, roasted
- 3 tablespoons chocolate or vanilla protein powder
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon natural vanilla extract
- 16 medjool dates, pitted
- Chopped goji berries or cacao for rolling
Process the macadamias, protein powder, cacao and cinnamon in a food processor. Add vanilla extract and dates then process again until the mix starts to come together. Add 1-2 teaspoons of water if needed so that mixture forms a soft ball. Remove from food processor and form into 30g size balls. Roll in goji berries and store in the fridge for up to 4 weeks.
3. Macadamia and hemp bliss balls
Free from refined sugar, full of protein and healthy fats, these macadamia and hemp bliss balls are quick to make, will travel well and are absolutely delicious.
- ½ cup macadamias
- ½ cup hemp seeds
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder
- 7 fresh dates, stones removed
Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Roll approximately one teaspoon of mixture into balls and refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to eat.
4. Vegan macadamia bliss balls with cranberry and coconut
If you need a chocolate fix with extra health benefits these bliss balls are for you. Who would have thought something healthy could taste this good.
- 200g (about 10) Medjool dates, seeds removed
- 1 cup macadamias
- ½ cup cranberries
- ½ cup cacao powder
- ½ cup shredded coconut, toasted
- 150g vegan dark chocolate, melted
Place the dates, 1 cup of macadamias, cranberries and cacao in the bowl of a food processor and process until the mixture is smooth and rolls together to form a ball. Roll heaped tablespoons of the mixture into individual balls and refrigerate until cold.
Place the coconut in a small bowl. Place the melted chocolate in a second small bowl.
Dip the bottom of each bliss ball in chocolate and then into the shredded coconut. Repeat with all the eggs. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
5. ‘Taste of summer’ macadamia and peach bliss balls
The subtle, creamy flavour of macadamias shines through alongside tangy peach in this summer-themed bliss ball.
- 180g dried peaches, chopped
- Zest of 1 lemon or lime, finely grated
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon or lime juice
- 1 cup macadamia nuts
- 1 tablespoon white chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon macadamia oil
- 2⁄3 cup desiccated coconut
Place the peach, lemon zest and lemon juice in a small bowl to tenderise the peaches. After 10 mins, transfer peaches along with macadamias, chia seeds, macadamia oil and half the desiccated coconut into a food processor. Process until finely chopped.
Place remaining desiccated coconut onto a plate. Roll level tablespoonfuls of peach mixture into balls. Roll in coconut to coat.
Bliss balls will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.