Raw & Guilt-Free Peanut Butter Brownie Bliss Balls

These Raw & Guilt-Free Peanut Butter Brownie Bliss Balls are the perfect healthy treat… but best of all… they taste super naughty!

A plate of peanut butter chocolate bliss balls.

Bliss balls are the ultimate healthy snack on-the-go! Simply prep a batch of Lemon & Coconut Bliss Balls,  Salted Caramel Bliss Balls, ‘Nutella’ Bliss Balls or these Peanut Butter Brownie Bliss Balls and you’ll have healthy lunch box fillers, post-gym snacks or a sneaky late night treat ready to go! 

Ingredients For Peanut Butter Brownie Bliss Balls

  • dates (medjool or dried and pitted)
  • cocoa powder (or cacao powder)
  • peanut butter
  • raw almonds
  • rice malt syrup *see recipe notes below

*scroll down to the recipe card at the end of the post for quantities and method

The ingredients for peanut butter brownie bliss balls.

Making Bliss Balls In A Food Processor, Blender or Thermomix

The easiest way to make bliss balls is to use a food processor, blender or a Thermomix… they’ll do all the chopping and mixing for you!

Step 1 – Make a paste from the dates, cocoa powder and peanut butter

Use a food processor, blender or Thermomix to mix the ingredients until they resemble a sticky paste.

Step 2 – Add the almonds and rice malt syrup

Add the ingredients and blend until desired chunkiness is achieved. 

Chopped dates, almonds and cocoa in a food processor.

Step 3 – Check the mixture 

If your mixture is too dry, add 1 extra tablespoon of rice malt syrup (or honey) and pulse to mix through. Note: the mixture should be a little sticky and roll easily into balls when squished together. 

Bliss ball mixture in a bowl.

Step 4 – Roll into balls

Use a spoon to roll the mixture into tablespoon sized balls.

A hand holding a round bliss ball.

What type of dates are best to use for bliss balls? Medjool or dried and pitted?

You can use either type of dates when making bliss balls, however, they hold different amounts of moisture which means that you’ll need to adapt the recipe slightly depending on which type of dates you’re using. 

Medjool dates are a soft, sticky date that can be bought from the fruit and vegetable section of the supermarket. If you’re using medjool dates in this recipe, you will only need a tiny bit of rice malt syrup (or none at all). 

Dried pitted dates contain little to no moisture and can be bought from the dried fruit aisle of the supermarket. If you’re using dried dates in this recipe, you’ll need to add rice malt syrup to make the mixture sticky enough to roll into balls. 

Almond, date, peanut butter and cacao protein balls on a plate.

Storing Peanut Butter Brownie Bliss Balls

Bliss balls can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 3 months. 

FAQ

Can you freeze bliss balls?

Yes! Bliss balls freeze perfectly for up to 3 months in an aright container – making them a great snack-on-the-go!

Can I replace the peanut butter with almond butter?

Yes – simply substitute the peanut butter for almond butter. 

Can I use nuts other than almonds?

Yes – cashews, pecans, almonds and walnuts are all popular options for bliss balls. 

Can you make bliss balls without nuts?

Yes you can! Here’s some yummy nut-free bliss ball recipes: Apricot, Coconut & Chia Bliss Balls, Weet-Bix Balls, Chocolate Bliss Balls

A plate of bliss balls with a jar of peanut butter in the background.

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These Raw & Guilt-Free Peanut Butter Brownie Bliss Balls are the perfect healthy treat... even though they taste super naughty! Includes a simple step by step recipe video!

Peanut Butter Protein Balls

These Raw & Guilt-Free Peanut Butter Protein Balls are the perfect healthy treat... but best of all... they taste super naughty!
5 from 12 votes
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Course: Snacks
Cuisine: western
Keyword: peanut butter protein balls
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 35 balls
Calories: 55kcal

Ingredients

  • 175 g (1 cup) pitted dates (dried or medjool)
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder (or cacao powder)
  • 4 tbs peanut butter
  • 150 g (1 and 1/2 cups) raw almonds
  • 3-4 tbs rice malt syrup see notes

Instructions

Conventional Method

  • Place the dates, cocoa powder and peanut butter into a food processor or blender. Blend until the mixture resembles a paste.
  • Add the almonds and rice malt syrup and blend until desired chunkiness is achieved. 
  • If your mixture is too dry, add 1tbs extra of  rice malt syrup (or honey) and pulse to mix through. The mixture should be a little sticky and roll easily into balls when squished together. 
  • Use a spoon to roll the mixture into tablespoon sized balls.
  • For best results, store in an airtight container in the fridge and consume within a week.

Thermomix Method

  • Place the dates, cocoa powder and peanut butter into the Thermomix bowl and mix on Speed 6, 20 seconds (scraping down the sides of the bowl partway through). 
  • Add the almonds and rice malt syrup and press Turbo 10-15 times or until desired chunkiness is achieved. If your mixture is too dry, add 1tbs extra of  rice malt syrup (or honey) and pulse to mix through. The mixture should be a little sticky and roll easily into balls when squished together. 
  • Use a spoon to roll the mixture into tablespoon sized balls.
  • For best results, store in an airtight container in the fridge and consume within a week.

Notes

RECIPE NOTES & TIPS
Ingredients Info:
  • dates – you can use either medjool or dried and pitted dates in this recipe. If using medjool dates, omit the rice malt syrup as they have a soft, moist texture when compared to dried pitted dates. 
  • cocoa powder – you can use either regular cocoa powder or cacao powder for this recipe.
  • peanut butter – natural and organic or regular creamy peanut butter (crunchy or smooth) can be used for this recipe.
  • raw almonds – these almonds are raw (not roasted). They give the protein balls a delicious crunch.
  • rice malt syrup – if using dried pitted dates, you may find that you need to add a small amount of rice malt syrup (or honey) to bring the mixture together and allow it to be rolled into firm balls.
More Recipe Tips: 
Equipment - use a food processor, blender or a Thermomix.
Types of dates - You can use either medjool dates or dried pitted dates when making protein balls, however, they hold different amounts of moisture which means that you’ll need to adapt the recipe slightly depending on which type of dates you’re using. 
If using medjool dates - you will only need to add a tiny bit of rice malt syrup (or none at all). 
If using dried pitted dates - you’ll need to add rice malt syrup to make the mixture sticky enough to roll into balls. 
Storage - keep protein balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Freezing - protein balls freeze perfectly for up to 3 months in an aright container.
Almond butter alternative - if preferred, you can substitute the peanut butter for almond butter. 
Other nut options - replace the almonds with cashews, pecans or walnuts.

Nutrition

Calories: 55kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
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120 Comments
  1. Laura says:

    5 stars
    Excellent recipe. Thanks so much!

    1. Wendy says:

      Love these little treats…reminds me of Toblerone

  2. Claudia says:

    5 stars
    Just made these, so good and easy! And husband stole off with a few before I’d even finished rolling! Good thing I doubled it! Thanks!

    1. Lucy says:

      Very good thing you doubled it!

  3. Ash says:

    5 stars
    I never ever leave reviews but these were literally perfection….

    Just had to add a dash of water to get them a touch less dry and I don’t like them too sweet with extra honey.

    I doubled the recipe and got around 18 balls

    1. Lucy says:

      Ohh thank you SO much! You’ve made my day! xx

  4. Irene says:

    Beautiful bliss balls! Thanks for the great recipe! I made 7 batches for a fundraiser so I really appreciated being able to make them with dry dates as they are so much cheaper than medjools! They worked a treat!

    1. Lucy says:

      Fantastic!!! Thank you so much!!!

  5. Laurice Gea Gea says:

    5 stars
    Love this recipe. Easy to make and they taste delicious. I also choose to roll them in coconut afterwards and it was a great idea! Thank you, will definitely make these again!

    1. Lucy says:

      Fantastic! I’m so thrilled that you like them!

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