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Make a big batch of these delicious blueberry bliss balls as a healthy snack for the kids! They’re so easy to make and are loaded with real blueberry flavor your whole family will love!

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Kid-Friendly Blueberry Bliss Balls

Most kids love the flavor of berries, especially blueberries which tend to be sweet! These blueberry oat balls for baby have a fantastic color, flavor and texture, making them such a tasty treat!

Kids will love this bite-sized snack and parents will love how portable they are. They’re even appropriate for babies as young as 6 months old!

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Blueberry bliss balls

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Why We Love These Blueberry Breakfast Balls

  • Healthy: Made with oats, cashews, coconut, dates, and real blueberries, there are no questionable ingredients or even preservatives in these blueberry energy balls. Instead, they’re packed with fibre, healthy fats and antioxidants!
  • Naturally sweetened: The only sweetness in these blueberry bliss balls comes from dates and blueberries, so they won’t cause a sugar crash like other snacks.
  • Perfect for BLW: Especially if your baby is starting to show signs of wanting to eat solid foods, these blueberry protein balls are a fantastic choice for baby-led weaning! They can easily be held with little palms for a satisfying snack!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients required to make blueberry bliss balls.
  • Rolled oats: Start with a base of rolled oats, which offer filling fibre to support your little one’s digestive system.
  • Cashews: Unsalted cashews provide a creamy texture and nutty flavor that pairs perfectly with blueberry. Be sure to blend the cashews finely, especially if giving them to babies.
  • Unsweetened shredded coconut: Roll the energy bites in the desiccated coconut to keep them from sticking together.
  • Pitted Medjool Dates: This is the primary source of sweetness in this blueberry oat ball recipe. It can be helpful to soak the dates in hot water to soften them a little bit first.
  • Frozen blueberries: Mix in frozen blueberries right from the freezer! You can use regular or wild blueberries.
  • Vanilla extract: Add a splash of vanilla for a little extra flavor.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Add the oats, cashews and 3/4 cup coconut to a food processor and pulse until they’re fine and no large chunks remain.
  2. Next, add the dates and process until a sticky mixture forms.
  3. Add in 1/2 cup of the frozen blueberries and pulse until combined. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries and pulse until the mixture comes together and is sticky enough to form into balls. You may need to use a spatula to help fold the blueberries into the mixture since it will be thick.
  4. Roll mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls. If it feels too sticky, you can place it in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes to help it firm up a bit before rolling.
  5. Dip each ball into coconut flakes until well coated. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.
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RECIPE TIPS

  • Soak your dates in hot water for 10-15 minutes before blending for the best texture and easier blending.
  • You can use fresh blueberries instead frozen blueberries, but the color of the balls probably won’t be as vibrant.
  • Instead of raw cashews, you can also use another type of nut or even nut butter. If you opt for nut butter, you may need to add some extra oats to absorb some of the extra liquid.
  • To make this blueberry bliss ball recipe without nuts, substitute sunflower seeds.
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Recipe FAQs

What are bliss balls made of?

Most bliss ball recipes are made from a mixture of oats or almond flour, dates or another dried fruit, and nut butter. There are endless variations between these ingredients, and you can enjoy a wide variety of flavors.

Are bliss balls actually healthy?

Yes! Bliss balls can be a great healthier option as most are made from whole food ingredients and rarely include any refined sugars. They contain healthy fats, fibre, and even a little protein, making them a fantastic way to boost energy before exercising or to enjoy as a healthy snack.

Since they are higher in fat, they’re a great addition to your baby’s diet, as babies require extra fat each day to support their growing brains.

Can babies eat bliss balls?

Bliss balls are a fantastic first food for babies because they are made from simple ingredients without any additional sugar, salt, or preservatives. They also contain healthy fats and tummy-friendly oats to help support your baby’s digestive system.

Since they’re blended, your baby will have an easy time chewing and swallowing bliss balls, too. Just be sure to finely grind up the nuts so that no large chunks remain.

Storage Guidelines

  • Store extra blueberry bliss balls in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
  • You can also freeze the extras in a freezer bag for several months. To serve, let the frozen energy balls thaw in the fridge for a few hours to make them tender for babies and younger children.

Serving Suggestions

These blueberry energy balls are a tasty and healthy snack, but they can also be enjoyed as part of a balanced meal. They’d taste great with any of these other foods and recipes!

Recipe Variations

  • Blueberry Lemon Bliss Balls: Add fresh lemon juice and the zest of a lemon for a summery flavour.
  • Add seeds: To add some omega-3 fatty acids and a little protein, you can add a couple tablespoons of hemp hearts, flax seeds, or chia seeds to this recipe.
  • Toss them in blueberry powder: Roll these energy balls in blueberry powder for a bright purple color and extra flavor. You can make blueberry powder by finely grinding up freeze-dried blueberries.
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5 from 3 votes

Blueberry Bliss Balls

Created by Elysia Cartlidge
Servings: 24 balls
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Make a big batch of these delicious blueberry bliss balls as a healthy snack for the kids! They're so easy to make and are loaded with real blueberry flavor your whole family will love!

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsalted cashews
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups pitted Medjool dates
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For rolling

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Instructions
 

  • Add the oats, cashews and 3/4 cup coconut to a food processor and pulse until they're fine and no large chunks remain.
  • Next, add the dates and process until a sticky mixture forms.
  • Add in 1/2 cup of the frozen blueberries and pulse until combined. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries and pulse until the mixture comes together and is sticky enough to form into balls. You may need to use a spatula to help fold the blueberries into the mixture since it will be thick.
  • Roll the mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls. If it feels too sticky, you can place it in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes to help it firm up a bit before rolling.
  • Dip each ball into coconut flakes until well coated. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

Notes

  • Soak your dates in hot water for 10-15 minutes before blending for the best texture and easier blending.
  • You can use fresh blueberries instead frozen blueberries, but the color of the balls probably won’t be as vibrant.
  • Instead of raw cashews, you can also use another type of nut or even nut butter. If you opt for nut butter, you may need to add some extra oats to absorb some of the extra liquid.
  • To make this blueberry bliss ball recipe without nuts, substitute sunflower seeds.

Nutrition

Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 148mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
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