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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Darshana Thacker

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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