Spiced Berry Bliss Balls are the perfect bite sized snack that both kids and adults will love! Full of nuts, sweetened with fruit, and blended with freeze-dried strawberries for a unique pink treat!
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Thought I’d hop on the pink/red for v-day food train! And here it is. I was inspired by freeze-dried strawberries from Trader Joe’s, and my older date/nut bar recipes. This time I tried to go for a more festive look – which finally occurred when I decided to roll the ball in some of the freeze-dried strawberry dust. BEST IDEA.
These Spiced Berry Bliss Balls are sweetened with:
- deglet noor dates – all the love to Costco when they stock pitted dates
- those freeze dried strawberries I’ve been talking about – they have no sugar added, the entire bag is one serving, and they are crunchy like chips. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.
- and some dried cranberries – the ones I had on hand were reduced sugar, but definitely use no sugar added dried cranberries if you can find them
Also present in the bliss balls:
- nuts – I used walnuts and cashews, but you can use your favorite nuts 👍
- spices – just putting the ‘spiced’ into Spiced Berry Bliss Balls with some cinnamon and nutmeg
- a little water – to hold it together. you can also use a small amount of coconut oil but that adds extra calories.
Like I said, this creation is pretty similar to my other date nut recipes. However, this one has the best color, and I’m thinking I like ball form instead of bar form.
Here’s why I’m liking the ball shapes a little more than the bars:
- they’re easier to consume in one bite
- smaller portions
- easier to store
- you can roll them in things (like freeze-dried strawberry dust)
PS: Good for all times of year, not just February ❤
Meal prep recipes from Project Meal Plan:
- How to Turn Cheese and Crackers into DIY Adult Lunches
- Easy Cashew Chicken Meal Prep
- 5 Make-Ahead Fruit and Greek Yogurt Recipes to Try for Breakfast
Spiced Berry Bliss Balls are the perfect bite sized snack that both kids and adults will love! Full of nuts, sweetened with fruit, and blended with freeze-dried strawberries for a unique pink treat at 80 calories each!
- 2 cups unsweetened freeze-dried strawberries (equals about 1 bag of TJ’s Freeze Dried Strawberries)
- 1 cup raw walnuts
- 1/3 cup unsalted cashews
- 1 cup pitted deglet noor dates (18-19 dates) see note
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup unsweetened dried cranberries
- 2-4 tablespoons cold water
- To an 8-cup or larger capacity food processor, add freeze-dried strawberries. Pulse for 20-30 seconds until no large pieces remain. Be careful – the strawberries will start to form a dusty powder. Let your food processor sit for a couple seconds so the dust inside settles before opening.
- Using a small spoon, scoop the finest strawberry dust from the food processor into a small bowl and set aside for rolling (you only need a couple tablespoons worth). Larger pieces won’t stick to the bliss balls very well, so be sure to only scoop out the fine dust powder that gathers along the outside rim of the food processor.
- Add all remaining ingredients except the dried cranberries. Pulse and blend ingredients together for at least 1 minute. The longer you process the ingredients, the smaller they’ll become and the better they’ll stick together.
- Add dried cranberries to the food processor and pulse a few times to mix but not chop the dried cranberries.
- Add 1 tablespoon of water at a time and pulse between additions. The water will help the mixture begin to stick together. Pulse again until the mixture becomes sticky and holds together in your hand. Add another tablespoon of water if the mixture isn’t sticky enough.
- Use gloves or clean hands to form the mixture into 16-18 balls, approximately 1 inch in diameter. When forming the bliss balls, it works best to first squeeze the mixture tightly together in your hand a couple times and then work on forming the ball.
- Roll each ball in the freeze-dried strawberry powder for a pink color and extra strawberry coating! Keep refrigerated and eat with 5 days.
If your dates are not sticky or if they particularly dry, soak them in cold water for 20 minutes and drain before use.
Nutrition information estimated with My Fitness Pal.
- Serving Size: 1 ball
- Calories: 80
- Sugar: 3g
- Fat: 6g
- Carbohydrates: 5g
- Protein: 2g
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