Cook this: coconut, cacao & raisin bliss balls

Let me preface this post with the following statement: I hate the term “bliss balls.” I hate the idea of only eating “clean.” I hate that there are people out there who think a protein ball or a bowl of blended frozen banana is a proper substitution for a chocolate chip cookie. I think people who refuse to eat carbs or fat or chocolate or burgers are complete lunatics. Not saying that I’ve got my shit completely together, especially when it comes to food (working in the health and fitness industry for 10 years has messed me up more than I ever thought possible and left me an anxious and disordered eater). All that said, I didn’t know what else to call these little balls, and apparently the correct term is a “bliss ball,” so that’s why we’re here.

NOW, food. I came to make these little guys because:
a) my stomach hates me and is allergic to goodness only knows what these days
b) I had some left over vanilla protein powder that has a bit of lactose in it, so it’s no longer good for use every day in my morning oats and chia puddings, so I’ve started to use it in baked good, like these cookies.
c) they’re healthy, so I can have more than one
d) they’re a great little quick nibble when I need something between getting home from work and dinner time to stop the grumbling stomach and hold me over, or after dinner with a cup of tea when I’m still a bit hungry but don’t actually need a heap more food
e) they can easily adapt to special diets – gluten free, lactose free, refined sugar free, low FODMAPS, easy!
f) they’re actually really delicious


You’ll need (makes around 25 of them):
– 200g golden raisins
– 1 tbsp golden or maple syrup
– 2 tsp vanilla extract
– ½ cup rolled oats
– ½ cup shredded coconut, cashews, almonds, or any nuts you prefer, really
– ¼ cup vanilla protein powder
– 2 – 3 tbsp toasted cocoa nibs
– vanilla protein powder and/or cocoa powder to roll the balls in


And then:
1. Place the raisins in a bowl and cover with very hot (almost boiling) water. Leave them to soak for 5 minutes, then drain them and pat them dry with paper towel.

2. Put the raisins, syrup and vanilla extract into a food processor, and process until the raisins start to break down a little.

3. Add the oats, coconut and protein powder, and process until they all come together into a sticky ball.

4. Take the mixture out of the food processor and place it into a bowl with the cocoa nibs and mix together well.

5. Roll teaspoons of mixture into balls, and then roll in the protein powder/cocoa powder to coat.

6. Place the balls on a baking paper covered plate/tray and rest in the freezer for 5 – 10 minutes, then transfer to a plastic tub and keep in the fridge for up to a week (if they last that long).


7 thoughts on “Cook this: coconut, cacao & raisin bliss balls

  1. I love the fact you dislike the clean eating retort. But, must say that they are bliss balls when alcohol is added in.

    Thank you for adding the extra information about FODMAPS. I was trying to get a friend to try this and she has a very restrictive food list. If you have any means on making it FODMAP friendly, then I am keen to read more.

    1. Hehe thanks Nigel – after a decade as a personal trainer, I’ve learnt that balance is necessary! It’s already pretty FODMAPs friendly, but to be 100% certain, you’d need to ensure your oats are wheat as well as gluten free, check the protein powder is gluten/lactose free, and perhaps replace the raisins with shredded coconut instead, as a lot of FODMAPs intolerant folk can’t stomach too much dried fruit. I’ve got a few more FODMAPs friendly recipes on the blog too, if that helps her 🙂

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