These Apple Pie Bliss Balls are the perfect healthy snack that is super easy to make. Full of apple flavour with a hint of warming cinnamon. All you need are just a few pantry ingredients and you have yourself a healthy snack that will also satisfy your sweet tooth.
Bliss balls, or energy balls are the perfect energy boosting snack. This Apple bliss ball recipe uses all natural ingredient and they are filled with plant-based protein, fiber and vitamins. Use fresh apples like gala, honey crisp or other sweet and crisp apples. Using fresh apples instead of dried, makes this recipe budget friendly.
Make these tasty and healthy Apple Bliss Balls with just a few ingredients. Take a look at the ingredients and instructions below. The full written recipe and quantities, scroll down to the recipe card.
- Apples, use fresh apples like gala, honey crisp or other sweet and crisp apples.
- Old fashioned oats, great for texture and nutrients in this recipe. To make these apple bliss ball gluten-free, use certified gluten-free rolled oats.
- Almonds or pecans, adds a nice crunch and protein to this recipe. Any kind of nut works in this oat ball recipe.
- Dates, gives these bliss ball a slight caramel flavour and creamy texture. I have used normal dates without pips for a budget friendly option. Sometimes they can be a little dry and firm, this is easily solved by soaking them in some boiling water for 5-10 minutes before draining them and adding to the food processor. If you want to go all out on the caramel flavour, use medjool dates.
- Ground flax seeds, adds extra nutrients and helps these bliss balls hold together.
- Nut butter of your choice. I used natural peanut butter, other great options are cashew butter or almond butter.
- Cinnamon, love the cinnamon and apple flavour combo. Apple pie spice can also be used.
- Sea salt, just a little pinch to balance all the flavours.
- Desiccated Coconut, this recipe works best with unsweetened finely shredded coconut, also called desiccated coconut. I do not recommend using sweetened coconut.
Making these Apple Pie Bliss Balls is really easy. Just follow the instructions below.
For the full written instructions, see the recipe card at the bottom.
Place the nuts in a food processor and blend on high until they are broken down to small pieces.
Add the apple.
Blend until it is finely minced, scrape down the sides as needed.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor.
Blend until it starts coming together and can be shaped into balls.
Scoop out about 1 tablespoon and roll into balls, coat them in coconut.
Hint: No need to peel the apples for this bliss ball recipe, these a lot of nutrient in the peal. I recommend using organic apples in this recipe.
Substitutions and Variations
Spices – This recipe calls for cinnamon but you can also use cardamon or apple pie spices.
Oats – Old-fashioned (rolled) oats works best in this bliss ball recipe. They have a coarser texture and will help create a nice texture and heap soak up the liquid from the apples. But other oats can also be used, like quick oats or whatever you have in the pantry.
Dates – another option is to use raisins or dried apricots. I like to pre-soak these in boiling water first for about 10 minutes so they easily can be blended until smooth and creamy.
Allergy friendly – This apple balls contain both nuts and nut butter, for an allergy friendly option, use more oats, sunflower seeds and sunflower seed butter.
Gluten free – To make these apple bliss ball gluten-free, use certified gluten-free rolled oats.
Store in and airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. They freeze well and will last around 2 to 3 months. Let them defrost in the fridge or on the counter if eaten straight away. I do not recommend defrosting them in the microwave since they will melt.
Blend these apple pie bliss balls as much, or as little as you want. I still like some texture, so I blend them until they just start coming together. If you like a smoother texture, run the blender a little longer until the oats break down a little more.
They taste delicious either way!
These apple balls are filled with healthy ingredients like fresh apple, oats and nuts. They are refined sugar free by using the natural sweetness from the apples and the dates. Nuts provide a lot of plant-based protein and the oats and fruit are hight in fiber, vitamins and minerals, but also good quality sugars and fats. Keep in mind that they are quite high in energy, and thereof in calories because of the use of nuts, dried fruit and coconut. These apple balls are naturally vegan and gluten-free too (if using certified gluten-free oats).
Bliss ball are the same as energy balls, normally made from dates, fruit and nuts. They are usually high in natural fats and plant-based protein from the nuts. They will give you an energy boost when you need it. Great for a snack after lunch, before and after, a workout. When you need a little pick me up!
Yes you can, these apple balls contains fresh apple so the texture might change a little after they have been frozen.
Healthy breakfasts to try:
I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!
Let me know what you think by leaving a comment, rating, and tagging me at @thedeliciousplate in your picture on Instagram. Your feedback is so helpful! Also, don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter to be sure not to miss my latest recipes!
These Apple Pie Bliss Balls are the perfect healthy snack. Full of apple flavour with a hint of warming cinnamon. They are super easy to make. All you need is just a few pantry ingredients and you have yourself a healthy snack that will also satisfy your sweet tooth.
- 150 g (1 heaping cup) Apple, cored and roughly chopped
- 1 ½ cups (160g) Old fashioned oats
- ½ cup (60g) Pecans or almonds
- ½ cup (100g) Dates without pips
- 1 tablespoon Ground flax seed
- 2 tablespoon Nut butter of your choice (I used peanut butter)
- ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
- pinch of sea salt
- ½-1 cup Desiccated coconut, for rolling
Place the nuts in a food processor and blend on high until they are broken down to small pieces or the texture you like. Add the apple and blend until it is finely minced. Add the rest of the ingredients (except the coconut) and blend until well combined.
Let the mixture rest for 10 minutes to thicken. If your mixture is too wet to form into balls, all a little more oats and let them rest for another 10 minutes.
Scoop out about 1 tablespoon and roll into balls. Coat them in coconut and place or a baking sheet or plate and place the fridge for at least 1 hour to set. Once set, place the bliss balls in the an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.