Salted Caramel Bliss Balls Recipe – a no bake snack or a quick breakfast you can have on the go. Tasty and healthy salted caramel protein balls loaded with caramel flavor and naturally gluten free, grain free, vegan and paleo compliant. These salted caramel bliss balls are made with real food ingredients like dates, peanut butter, seeds, maple butter and maca – known for enhancing energy and mood.
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Salted Caramel Bliss Balls With Peanut Butter
The idea of these vegan salted caramel protein balls comes form my chocolate caramel slice recipe which is a healthier version of Twix bars, and I wanted an easier dessert – hence the BLISS BALLS. Whether you call them energy bites, bliss balls or power bites, they make a lighter and easier dessert (or snack) but without processed sugar. Instead they are filled with lots of fiber, good carbs, protein and healthy fats which mostly come from peanut butter and dates. I have another version of protein balls in my Cookbook.
The peanut butter is usually salty, sweet, nutty and earthy and when paired with sweet dates and a few additional ingredients it produces delicious satiating peanut butter bliss balls. And due to caramely taste given by dates, you could also call them caramel protein balls.
If you’re looking for a nut free version of vegan bliss balls, then check out these strawberry flavored bliss balls.
I also gave these salted caramel bliss balls a healthy makeover by using a mix of chia seeds, flax seeds and maca powder. Maca (a cruciferous vegetable) has tons of health benefits like providing antioxidants, enhancement of energy level, mood, plus naturally balances hormonal levels.
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Salted Caramel Bliss Balls Ingredients
- Medjool Dated – pitted – they have a subtle, caramel-like flavor and are perfect for mimicking the caramel in bliss balls without using any added sugar.
- Pink salt – for that salty taste.
- Peanut butter (or cashew butter) – it pairs well with dates providing a boost of protein and healthy fats. If the peanut butter is made from roasted peanuts it will have a more pronounced flavor.
- Chia seeds and flax seeds – the seeds provide fiber, nutrients and extra bulkiness for making healthy bliss balls.
- Maple butter (or cream) – is the special ingredients with amazing caramel flavor. It’s basically spreadable maple syrup with a creamy almost peanut butter like texture. Nothing else is added.
- Maca powder – has an earthy nutty taste and pairs well with caramel like flavors. But it’s totally optional.
- Vanilla extract – for extra flavor.
- Coconut shreds – for coating. It will also prevent the bliss balls from sticking to each other.
How To Make Salted Caramel Bliss Balls
- Make The Dough: Add all the ingredients to your food processor and blend until a thick “dough” starts to form, about 3-5 minutes of processing. If the dough isn’t coming together, try adding a teaspoon of water at a time (up to a tablespoon) scraping the sides occasionally.
- Form The Bliss Balls: When the ingredients are well incorporated, remove the blade from the food processor. Using lightly greased hands roll the mixture into a long rope and cut into bite sized pieces. Or make round bliss balls, it’s up to you.
- Coat The Salted Caramel Bliss Balls: Place shredded coconut in a shallow dish and roll each energy bite log completely in the coconut until is evenly coated. Serve immediately or place in the fridge to firm up a little bit.
Video: How To Make Salted Caramel Bliss Balls
Make Healthy Salted Caramel Protein Balls – Raw Vegan & Paleo
Just like on the paleo diet, I’m used to make my treats from scratch. Since I’m avoiding dairy and certain grains, I had to come up with an alternative. And my daughter and I both love to have little sweet bites once in a while.
Making healthy paleo salted caramel bliss balls is a lot easier than it sounds. You don’t have to make a caramel sauce from scratch for that.
You just need a food processor and a few healthy ingredients (dates, chia seeds, flax seeds, peanut butter, maple butter, maca powder, salt and vanilla extract) and at the end, shape them and coat them with coconut shreds or anything else you like.
Can You Make Healthy Bliss Balls Without Flax Seeds?
The role of flax seeds in this healthy salted caramel bliss balls recipe is to bind everything better and provide more nutrition.
Just 1 tablespoon of flax seed provides roughly 8 grams of fiber and are also loaded with healthy fats and nutrients. But you can definitely omit them if you don’t like them, just increase the amount of chia seeds instead.
Can You Make These Healthy Salted Caramel Bliss Balls Peanut Butter Free?
I noticed that the taste of caramel comes out more when I use peanut butter, but yes, feel free to substitute any nut butter for the peanut butter in this recipe.
Cashew butter and almond butter works great too! The butter helps bind the ingredients too, adds healthy fats, and make these peanut butter bliss balls sustaining. If you decide to use seed butters, the taste will differ though.
Can You Make Peanut Butter Bliss Balls Without A Food Processor?
No. You will need a food processor in order to break down the ingredients into a cookie dough-like mixture.
Do These Salted Caramel Bliss Balls Have To Be Refrigerated Or Frozen?
These healthy salted caramel bliss balls do need to be refrigerated as the peanut butter gets soft at room temp and hardens when chilled.
The bliss balls can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for about a month, and in the freezer up to 3-4 months.
I love to eat my bliss balls cold out of the freezer, although they keep well at room temperature during transportation too.
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Healthy Salted Caramel Bliss Balls With Peanut Butter
Make The Bliss Ball Dough:
- Add all the ingredients to your food processor and blend until a thick “dough” starts to form, about 3-5 minutes of processing. If the dough isn’t coming together, try adding a teaspoon of water at a time (up to a tablespoon) scraping the sides occasionally.
Form The Bliss Balls:
- When the ingredients are well incorporated, remove the blade from the food processor. Using lightly greased hands roll the mixture into a long rope and cut into bite sized pieces. Or make round bliss balls.
Coat The Salted Caramel Bliss Balls:
- Place shredded coconut in a shallow dish and roll each energy bite log completely in the coconut until is evenly coated. Serve immediately or place in fridge to firm.
Tips For Making Healthy Caramel Protein BallsThe maple butter has a natural caramel like taste so it’s an important ingredient for replicating the caramel flavor. Maca powder contributes to the taste as well, it has a distinct caramel or malt-like flavor which I really love, plus the extra benefits as bonus! If the mixture looks to crumbly after processing add 1 tsp of water. If it feels too soft add more flax seeds or chia seeds. Keep the caramel bliss balls in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a month or in the freezer for 3-4 months.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator.
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