healthy desserts

Chocolate Bliss Balls Recipe (Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free)

Dear Leah Renee, 

What’s a simple dessert ball recipe?  I’m not a baker by any means, so if you have something that requires minimal effort and is quick, it would be appreciated!  ~Debbie, WA

I like easy recipes, and this one fits the bill.  If you’re craving something sweet (and have already made the black bean brownies and raw cookie dough bites a million times now), here’s another one to add to your recipe book.  Full of chocolatey goodness, it’s not so bad for you either.  Certainly better than putting away a bar of commercial chocolate!  It’s got protein, fiber, and antioxidants.  The best part: it’s no-bake and simple to make.

Here’s what you’ll need (honey is optional if you like it extra sweet):

Bliss balls ingredients

Take 1/2 cup cashews, 6 soaked dates (just soak them in almond milk or water for a couple hours, or use un-soaked if that’s all that’s available), and cacao powder in a food processor or blender.  I used my Vitamix, but I’d rather have used a food processor since it’s more difficult to scoop out! Blend until smooth, or in my case, a little chunky, either one is fine!  Exhibit A:

bliss balls in vitamix


Transfer to a bowl (have a little taste and see if the sweetness is to your liking. If you like it sweeter, add a TB of raw honey): 

bliss ball dough

And roll into balls (that’s the fun part):

chocolate bliss balls

You can enjoy them this way, or roll them in cacao nibs (I ground mine finer), goji berries, maca powder, coconut flakes…whatever you like!  But, I like chocolate, so the opportunity to add more won 🙂

Bliss Balls

Share with others, or consume them all yourself (not all at once, of course) 😉


What’s your favorite healthy(er) dessert?



Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites (Raw, Gluten Free)

It was time for something sweet and I felt like whipping up something.  It came to mind I had yet to make a dessert using garbanzo beans (aka chickpea’s) so I searched the Internet for a good recipe.  It lead me to Texan Erin Baking, an amazing website where you can find healthier versions of not-so-healthy sweets (see my article here)!

I’m a fan of not-so-healthy sweets too.  I realize there are ingredients that aren’t good for me, but….I’m NEVER going to entirely give up peanut (or peanut butter or mint) M&M’s.  My eating habits are healthy 95% of the time–I will save the 5% for those once in a blue moon!  I have to say I REALLY liked these little dough bites.  I’m going to throw out a few tips though from my own experience.

Chickpea cookies

  • These are definitely best as BITES!  I tried to make cookies out of them–bad idea!  They’re too crumbly and are really best as little poppers!
  • I did NOT use vegan chocolate chips, just plain ‘ol real chocolate, so they are not dairy free.  I love chocolate too much and until the day I cannot tolerate dairy, chocolate will always be involved.  They are still grain free and gluten free!!!
  • I used maple syrup instead of honey.
  • The recipe calls for a high speed blender.  I do have a Vitamix but knowing how gooey they’d get I actually used my hand blender.
  • If you prefer to just eat it as cookie dough–I highly recommend!  I only made half the batch and saved the rest, I liked it that way even more.
  • You can use almond butter or other types in place of peanut butter, just make sure it’s all natural (I used peanut butter).


Here is the recipe (from TexanErin):

Grain-free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites
Prep Time: 8 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Ready in: 18 min
Yield: 14 1″ cookies


  • 1¼ cups canned chickpeas, well-rinsed and patted dry with a paper towel
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons (165 grams) natural peanut butter
  • ¼ cup (80 grams) honey
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder a pinch of salt if your peanut butter doesn’t have salt in it
  • ½ cup (90 grams) chocolate chips (use vegan and dairy-free chocolate chips, if needed)


1. Preheat your oven to 350°F / 175°C. Combine all the ingredients, except for the chocolate chips,
in a food processor and process until very smooth. Make sure to scrape the sides and the top to
get the little chunks of chickpeas and process again until they’re combined.
2. Put in the chocolate chips and stir it if you can, or pulse it once or twice. The mixture will be
very thick and sticky.
3. With wet hands, form into 1½” balls. Place onto a Silpat or a piece of parchment paper. If you
want them to look more like normal cookies, press down slightly on the balls. They don’t do
much rising.
4. Bake for about 10 minutes. The dough balls will still be very soft when you take them out of the
oven. They will not set like normal cookies.
5. Store in an airtight container at room temperature (or in the fridge) for up to 1 week.

***If you need grain-free baking powder, you can use 1 part cream of tartar + 1 part baking soda +2 parts arrowroot.

cookie dough bites