Cherry Chocolate Chip Bliss Balls

| | Makes 12 bliss balls


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 12 dates, pitted (½ cup)
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds
  • ¼ cup grain-sweetened chocolate chips
  • 16 dried cherries (1 ounce)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt

These chocolate chip treats are so yummy that I call them bliss balls. They are so delicious that it’s nearly impossible to stop at one and even difficult to stop at two. I suggest you make a double batch to enjoy throughout the week. They store well, so they are ideal for lunch box treats, quick snacks, potlucks, and picnics.


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  1. Combine the oats, dates, almonds, chocolate chips, cherries, vanilla, and salt in a food processor. Pulse until coarsely chopped and the mixture starts to bind. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water if needed, to help bind.
  1. For each bliss ball, scoop 1 tablespoon of the mixture, gently roll it into a ball, and place on the prepared baking sheet. Be careful not to compact the balls.
  1. Bake for 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to let cool.

Photo by LA Food Photography.