Blend the strawberries: To an 8-cup food processor, add the freeze-dried strawberries. Pulse for 20-30 seconds until no large pieces remain. 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.
Set aside some dust: Using a small spoon, scoop about 2 tablespoons of the finest strawberry dust from the food processor into a small bowl and set aside for rolling your balls. 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.
Blend the ball ingredients: 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 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. Finally, add dried cranberries to the food processor and pulse a few times to mix.
Form the balls: 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 in strawberry powder: Roll each ball in the freeze-dried strawberry powder for a pink color and extra strawberry coating!
Store: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and enjoy with 5-7 days.
If your dates are not sticky or if they particularly dry, soak them in hot water for 10-20 minutes and then drain before use. They’ll soften up nicely! Nutrition information estimated with My Fitness Pal.