Healthy Salted Caramel Protein Balls

Deliciously Healthy Salted Caramel Protein Balls made from medjool dates, rolled oats, desiccated coconut and a pinch of salt! YUM!

A copper measuring cup filled with bliss balls

Salted Caramel Recipes

It’s no secret how much I love a salted caramel recipe (I’ve even put all of my favourite salted caramel treats together in one super yummy recipe collection – click here to check them out!!!!). And it’s also no secret that 99.99999% of the time, my salted caramel obsession is with ALL the naughty things… salted caramel sauce, salted caramel mud cake, salted caramel cheesecake slice… you get the idea, right!!??

Bliss balls on a plate.

Healthy Salted Caramel Recipes

But it just so happens that (very occasionally) my love of all things salted caramel takes a healthy twist (like that time I made a healthy salted caramel slice and swore it was better than the cheeky/sugar-filled original version).

Caramel bliss balls in a copper measuring cup.

4 Ingredient Recipe

And that’s just what has happened here… say hello to these 4 ingredient Healthy Salted Caramel Protein Balls. These are made from:

  1. medjool dates
  2. rolled oats
  3. desiccated coconut
  4. salt

…And best of all?? They taste like a totally decadent dessert!

A plate of nut-free bliss balls.

Nut-Free Protein Balls

Ooh and because they’re nut-free, they also make a really delicious lunchbox treat. And who doesn’t love a quick and easy lunchbox recipe!?

Most protein/bliss balls are made using almonds or cashews… but not these ones! Nope, they’re totally nut-free (making them perfect for anyone with a nut allergy!).

A half-eaten nut-free bliss ball.

So you know what you need to do right now, don’t you?? Yep, make a sneaky trip to the supermarket (even better if you already have the ingredients and can skip this step!!), take 5 minutes to whip up these Healthy Salted Caramel Protein Balls, grab a cuppa, sit down and relax with your totally guilt-free treat.

Deliciously Healthy Salted Caramel Balls made from medjool dates, rolled oats, desiccated coconut and a pinch of salt! YUM!

Healthy Salted Caramel Protein Balls

Deliciously Healthy Salted Caramel Protein Balls made from medjool dates, rolled oats, desiccated coconut and a pinch of salt! YUM!
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Bliss Balls
Cuisine: Healthy Snacks
Keyword: healthy salted caramel balls
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 10 balls
Calories: 168kcal


  • 200 g pitted medjool dates
  • 2/3 cup (65g) quick oats (or rolled oats)
  • 1/3 cup (35g) desiccated coconut
  • good pinch of salt


  • Add all ingredients into a blender or Thermomix.
    If using a blender, blitz until all ingredients are finely chopped and the mixture comes together (it will resemble small crumbs).
    If using a Thermomix, press Turbo until the mixture is finely chopped and comes together (it will resemble small crumbs).
  • Take large teaspoonfuls of the mixture and roll into balls (see notes). 
  • Store in the fridge for up to 5 days or in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months. 


Medjool dates can be bought from all major supermarkets. 
If you can't buy medjool dates, you can use dried pitted dates, however, you'll need to soak them in water for 15 minutes before using and may also need to add a little water to the mixture when blitzing. 
If your mixture is not easily rolling into balls, add a little water to the mixture and blitz again until it comes together easily. 


Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 231mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1.1mg
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A bliss ball made from dates and rolled oats.

A grey plate of round bliss balls, sitting on a square of hessian


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  1. Connie says:

    Why is the word caramel in the name

    1. Lucy says:

      They taste like caramel! 🙂

      1. Connie says:

        Ok I’m going to find out tonight, thanks

  2. Jess says:

    Do they actually taste anything like caramel???

  3. Hannah says:

    5 stars
    These are delicious! And I love that they use oats instead of nuts so that they are not as heavy. Thank you so much.

    1. Lucy says:

      Thank you so much!!

  4. Jennifer Lette says:

    5 stars
    Delicious, simple and a family favourite.

    1. Lucy says:

      Yay! Thank you xx

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