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Bittersweet, chocolatey, and full of texture, these Chocolate Orange Bliss Balls are perfect snacks and sweets whenever you fancy!
I love the combination of chocolate and orange. It’s like taste fruit covered with chocolate. Well, I know it’s not the same, but well, you know, it’s just a simple analogy.
I just bought a few beautiful, juicy oranges and I was fancying some simple treat, so here are these Chocolate Orange Bliss Balls.
Ingredients You Need
- Dates: It’s best if you have Medjool dates, but other dates sure can work.
- Rolled Oats: Oats are one of my go-to ingredients. They provide a slew of nutrients and I love the slightly nutty flavor.
- Walnuts: I looove walnuts. You can also use pecans.
- Desiccated Coconut: I feel the taste of coconut suits well with the orange flavor.
- Cacao Butter: I use cacao butter to give these bliss balls the chocolate note. You can also use coconut oil if you don’t have it.
- Nut Butter: You can use any nut butter you like. I use Caramel Pecan Macadamia Nut Butter.
- Orange Zest: It’s the magic ingredient for these bliss balls. Freshly zested orange zest is unreplicable.
- Fresh Orange Juice: We also need some fresh orange juice to add a bit of a sweet and fruity taste.
- Salt: Let me just say… a pinch of salt will do more than you have imagined.
How to Make Chocolate Orange Bliss Balls
It’s quite easy to make these bliss balls. It all happens in a food processor.
- Chop the dates in the food processor.
- Add the roll oats, walnuts, desiccated coconut, and cacao powder. Blitz again.
- Add the melted cacao butter, nut butter, salt, and orange zest, and juice. Blend until all things come together.
- Scoop out a tablespoon of the mixture and roll it between your palms. Repeat to finish all.
- Roll the bolls in some extra desiccated coconut.
You can enjoy them directly. But I personally like to put them in the fridge for at least 15 minutes to let them get a little bit cold and harder in texture.
How to Store Chocolate Orange Bliss Balls
Store these bliss balls in a food container in the fridge. They should be fine in a week. If you want to save them for longer, put them in the freezer for 3-4 weeks.
Questions You Might Have
Is there another substitution for cacao butter?
You can use coconut oil instead of cacao butter if you cannot find it. But keep in mind that it might end up with a slight coconut taste. One solution for that is to use refined coconut oil.
But still, I recommend using cacao butter for the authentic chocolate note.
Can I use other nuts to replace walnuts?
Yes, you can. I find walnuts and pecans are the best two options but feel free to try it with other nuts if you want.
These bliss balls are on the bittersweet side, aka adult flavor. The rich cacao flavor with the orange fruity note is something I think many of us will enjoy.
I hope you will like these bliss balls. If you make them, let me know how it went in by commenting down below or tag me on Instagram! (@barrelleaf)
Other Vegan Snacks:
- One-bowl Vegan Chocolate Sweet Potato Bread
- Apple Pie Energy Balls (7 ingredients)
- Matcha Granola Bars (8 ingredients, naturally-sweetened)
Chocolate Orange Bliss Balls
- 120 g (2/3 cup) pitted dates
- 45 g (1/2 cup) rolled oats
- 70 g (1/2 cup) walnuts
- 48 g (8 Tbsp) desiccated coconut, plus more for rolling
- 24 g (1/4 cup) cacao powder
- 40 g (2 Tbsp + 2tsp) nut butter, I use Caramel Pecan Macadamia Nut Butter
- 24 g (2 Tbsp) cacao butter, or coconut oil, melted
- 8 g orange zest, 1 large orange
- 2 Tbsp fresh orange juice
- 1/8 tsp salt
- In a food processor, add the pitted dates. Blitz the dates until they are chopped into small pieces.
- Add the rolled oats, walnuts, desiccated coconut, and cacao powder. Continue to chop the ingredients.
- Add the nut butter, melted cacao butter, orange zest, and fresh orange juice, and salt. Process again to bring all ingredients together. Scrap down the sides as needed.
- Use a tablespoon to scoop out the mixture and roll it between your palms to shape it into a ball. Place it on the plate. Repeat to use up all mixture.
- Roll the balls in extra desiccated coconut.
- Enjoy them directly or put them fridge for 15 minutes to set up a little.
- Storage: Store in the fridge for 1 week or 3 weeks in the freezer.