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  • Makes 12 bliss balls

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to let cool.

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chloe6 days ago
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my actual favorite treat! can get a bit pricey from the dates, so sadly, I must ration them. Seriously amazing.

Robyn6 months ago
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Dry as others noted. I added water and shortened baking time, along with not rack cooling.

First round, following recipe exactly (except adding water) turned just a bit too crunchy.

Love that it isn’t sticky, however, I’m seeking the balance.

Barbara Ann Shinehouse7 months ago
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I made these today using dried apricots since I did not have dried cherries, baking for about 13-14 minutes, and they came out well. Ate one hot out if the oven. Might add a but more water next time. I will make these again.

Monica Sieg7 months ago
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Wondering if you could use date paste to “hold it together “ if so what quantity?
Also wondering if they must be baked. I did 12 minutes and should have stopped at 10-11.

Barbara7 months ago
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Couldn’t these be eaten uncooked? There are no ingredients that require cooking….

Denise A Diener4 months ago
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We always eat them uncooked! They are my daughters favorite. After processing for a while I add a little water while the food processor is still running.

Carmen7 months ago
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I wondered the same thing…

Niki7 months ago
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Very tasty! I don’t like super sweet so I doubled the recipe and used only half the amount of dates. Definitely added some water. I did find that the cooking time was too long. About 14 minutes is all I needed.

Judy9 months ago
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Yummy recipe, thank you Darshana! I doubled the recipe and added 1/4 water plus about 2 TBSP, otherwise they turn out too dry.

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Darshana Thacker is chef and culinary project manager for Forks Over Knives. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she is the author of Forks Over Knives: Flavor! She created the recipes for Forks Over Knives Family and was a lead recipe contributor to the New York Times bestseller The Forks Over Knives Plan. Her recipes have been published in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook, Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, and LA Yoga magazine online. Visit DarshanasKitchen.com for more.

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