chocolate chip banana bread bliss balls

chocolate chip banana bread bliss balls are an easy & totally wholesome snack! inspired by chocolate chip banana bread, but in the form of a healthy, raw energy bite, these chocolate chip banana bread bliss balls are loaded with dates, cashews, almonds, walnuts, and banana. the perfect little no-bake energy bites to keep on hand as an on-the-go snack during the week or as a healthy little dessert! chocolate chip banana bread bliss balls are an easy & totally wholesome snack! inspired by chocolate chip banana bread, but in the form of a healthy, raw energy bite, these chocolate chip banana bread bliss balls are loaded with dates, cashews, almonds, walnuts, and banana. #playswellwithbutter #blissballs #energybites #healthysnack #healthydessert #healthyrecipe #bananabreadbites #bananabread

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confession: balls have been totally saving my life this month. chocolate chip banana bread bliss balls are an easy & totally wholesome snack! inspired by chocolate chip banana bread, but in the form of a healthy, raw energy bite, these chocolate chip banana bread bliss balls are loaded with dates, cashews, almonds, walnuts, and banana. #playswellwithbutter #blissballs #energybites #healthysnack #healthydessert #healthyrecipe #bananabreadbites #bananabread

all 7th grade jokes aside, i’m totally being serious.

because holy smokers! this past month has been the craziest month i remember having in like…ages. it started with a week-long trip to milwaukee for some work projects. a few days after i got home from milwaukee, chris & i left for our trip to london. & while we’ve been back for a couple of days, i’m already packing up for a conference in salt lake city this week/weekend! so much travel!

& speaking of balls, london, by the way, was amazeballs. like, wow. i never expected to really enjoy london. honestly, everyone i talked to prior to our trip was so quick to say, “…you know the food there is terrible, right?!” london gets such a bad rap!

but we had the BEST time. seriously! the food? it was great! we ate lots of italian (pasta at padella in borough market was life changing 😭) & we had great indian (dishoom was incredible, omg. 😍).

aside from eating all the food? i really just loved strolling the city with chris. the architecture was beautiful – i especially loved the how lush & green the parks were, & the kensington neighborhood is what dreeeams are made of. & we even treated ourselves to a couple of tickets to see hamilton, which omg was incredible. slightly strange to see a show about the american revolution in a london theater alongside a crowd of full of brits, but it was really such a great show. we both ugly cried!

anyway.

all this to say: being so, so, so go-go-go makes me appreciate some good, healthy eats even more.

& healthy eats that have really saved me through all this travel? (& all the amazing, indulgent eating that comes with it?):

chocolate chip banana bread bliss balls. chocolate chip banana bread bliss balls are an easy & totally wholesome snack! inspired by chocolate chip banana bread, but in the form of a healthy, raw energy bite, these chocolate chip banana bread bliss balls are loaded with dates, cashews, almonds, walnuts, and banana. #playswellwithbutter #blissballs #energybites #healthysnack #healthydessert #healthyrecipe #bananabreadbites #bananabread

it’s no secret that i’m the queen of packing snacks for trips & flights. i love the assurance of knowing i have a good, healthy snack close by whenever hangry vibes start to creep up on me. (anyone else have hanger issues? 😂😬)

& bliss balls? they’re the perfect healthy on-the-go snack. chocolate chip banana bread bliss balls are an easy & totally wholesome snack! inspired by chocolate chip banana bread, but in the form of a healthy, raw energy bite, these chocolate chip banana bread bliss balls are loaded with dates, cashews, almonds, walnuts, and banana. #playswellwithbutter #blissballs #energybites #healthysnack #healthydessert #healthyrecipe #bananabreadbites #bananabread

these chocolate chip banana bread bliss balls taste just like are loaded with good-for-you ingredients:

  • medjool dates
  • old fashioned rolled oats
  • almonds
  • cashews
  • walnuts
  • banana
  • & some chocolate chips for good measure! 😉

like, hellooooooo, what’s not to love about all that goodness?! chocolate chip banana bread bliss balls are an easy & totally wholesome snack! inspired by chocolate chip banana bread, but in the form of a healthy, raw energy bite, these chocolate chip banana bread bliss balls are loaded with dates, cashews, almonds, walnuts, and banana. #playswellwithbutter #blissballs #energybites #healthysnack #healthydessert #healthyrecipe #bananabreadbites #bananabread

the dates, oats, almonds, & cashews make the perfect base for these banana bread bliss balls. once they’re pulsed up together, you add in a ripe banana (the kind you’d use in banana bread!) & some walnut pieces. (…& some chocolate chips, obviously.) 

the result? healthy little energy bites with just the right amount of sweetness & banana flavor. the walnuts add great texture – just like a slice of walnut banana bread! (& those chocolate chips? they don’t hurt either. obviously.)  chocolate chip banana bread bliss balls are an easy & totally wholesome snack! inspired by chocolate chip banana bread, but in the form of a healthy, raw energy bite, these chocolate chip banana bread bliss balls are loaded with dates, cashews, almonds, walnuts, and banana. #playswellwithbutter #blissballs #energybites #healthysnack #healthydessert #healthyrecipe #bananabreadbites #bananabread

plus!

you know the center of a loaf of banana bread? how it’s soft & kind of melts in your mouth? these banana bread bliss balls taste exactly like that. 😍 chocolate chip banana bread bliss balls are an easy & totally wholesome snack! inspired by chocolate chip banana bread, but in the form of a healthy, raw energy bite, these chocolate chip banana bread bliss balls are loaded with dates, cashews, almonds, walnuts, and banana. #playswellwithbutter #blissballs #energybites #healthysnack #healthydessert #healthyrecipe #bananabreadbites #bananabread

i, for one, am so about that.

tips for making banana bread bliss balls: chocolate chip banana bread bliss balls are an easy & totally wholesome snack! inspired by chocolate chip banana bread, but in the form of a healthy, raw energy bite, these chocolate chip banana bread bliss balls are loaded with dates, cashews, almonds, walnuts, and banana. #playswellwithbutter #blissballs #energybites #healthysnack #healthydessert #healthyrecipe #bananabreadbites #bananabread

key to making banana bread bliss balls is a good food processor. this is the one i use (almost on a daily basis!), & i love it. it’s powerful enough to break down the nuts in these banana bread bliss balls like a boss, which helps these bliss balls come together in less than 15 minutes. yes, please.

& while they’re full of nutrient-rich ingredients already, i like to add an extra punch of nutrients with collagen peptides. collagen is great for gut health & touts some amazing beauty benefits (stronger hair? ✔️stronger nails? ✔️). plus it’s totally flavorless, so you can sneak a few scoops into these banana bread bliss balls without affecting the flavor at all. this is the collagen i use – it’s great!

& if you’re gonna add some extra nutrients to your banana bread bliss balls, a few scoops of your favorite protein powder would be great. vanilla or chocolate would be fab! or even coconut! or peanut butter…because peanut butter banana bread, omg…😍

one the last bit of advice? store ‘em in the freezer. frozen banana bread bliss balls are ahhhhhmazing with morning coffee. chocolate chip banana bread bliss balls are an easy & totally wholesome snack! inspired by chocolate chip banana bread, but in the form of a healthy, raw energy bite, these chocolate chip banana bread bliss balls are loaded with dates, cashews, almonds, walnuts, and banana. #playswellwithbutter #blissballs #energybites #healthysnack #healthydessert #healthyrecipe #bananabreadbites #bananabread

i mean. just sayin. 😉

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chocolate chip banana bread bliss balls are an easy & totally wholesome snack! inspired by chocolate chip banana bread, but in the form of a healthy, raw energy bite, these chocolate chip banana bread bliss balls are loaded with dates, cashews, almonds, walnuts, and banana. #playswellwithbutter #blissballs #energybites #healthysnack #healthydessert #healthyrecipe #bananabreadbites #bananabread

chocolate chip banana bread bliss balls


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chocolate chip banana bread bliss balls are an easy & totally wholesome snack! inspired by chocolate chip banana bread, but in the form of a healthy, raw energy bite, these chocolate chip banana bread bliss balls are loaded with dates, cashews, almonds, walnuts, and banana. the perfect little no-bake energy bites to keep on hand as an on-the-go snack during the week or as a healthy little dessert!


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Ingredients

  • ½ cup pitted medjool dates (5-6 large dates)
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • ½ cup raw walnut pieces
  • 1 small ripe banana, mashed
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • optional: 8 scoops collagen peptides

Instructions

  1. Soak the dates: Add the pitted dates to a medium bowl. Cover with 1 cup of warm or hot water. Let the dates sit and soak for a minute or two, until they’re completely softened and pliable. Drain off the water, reserving it for later use, and set aside.
  2. Make the banana bread bliss bites: Transfer the soaked dates to a food processor. Add in the oats, almonds, and cashews. If you are using collagen peptides add them in at this time too. Pulse the mixture a few times, to break down the large nuts, then let the food processor run for a minute, until the mixture is flour-like. Add in the banana and the walnut pieces, pulsing to combine. The mixture should be slightly wet with larger pieces of walnuts remaining, but will hold once formed into a ball. If you are using mini chocolate chips, stir them in by hand at this time.
  3. Roll the bliss balls into 2-tablespoon sized balls. I use a small cookie scoop to ensure the bliss balls are uniformly sized. Enjoy immediately, or store in an airtight container or bag in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. I store mine in the freezer – I love them when they’re cold, perfectly delightful with hot coffee!

Notes

  • A good food processor is key for making bliss balls SO EASILY at home. This is the one I use – highly recommend it!
  • Collagen peptides boast wonderful health & beauty benefits including stronger hair & nails. I love using them in smoothies & bliss balls. This is my favorite brand!
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i help modern gals turn everyday moments into celebrations with recipes that are just as easy as they are elegant.

12 Comments

  1. I just made these last night… Omg. They are so amazing!! I froze mine and had them with coffee this morning, so wonderful.

    • YESSSSS!!!! this makes my day. that’s exactly how i like to enjoy them, too – the perfect start to a week! happy monday, jillian! xoxo

  2. Nice energy balls, plenty of good fats from chocolate and the other nuts. I find these kinds of balls keeps me satiated too so I don’t need to snack on junk food.

  3. I just made these to have as a snack this week, and they are amazing! I love the nutty banana flavor. They’re just the right amount of sweet and don’t taste “healthy”, even though I’ll be eating them guilt-free! Thanks for the awesome recipe!

    xx Allison

    P.S. If you’re forming the balls with your fingers (instead of using a cookie scoop), I found it much easier to do with damp fingers so that the “dough” didn’t stick to my hands as much.

    • allison!!! yassss girl, thank you so much for sharing this! i’m so glad they are going to be a great guilt-free treat for you this week – that’s exactly how i feel about them too. great tips for forming with your hands – the mixture is a little sticky, but that goes away once they’re formed. enjoy!!! xo

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  8. I need these in my life!!! Lately I’ve been dipping into the cookie jar for a snack instead of something healthy. These would help me out! Also, why do you suppose London/England has a bad reputation for food??? I’ve never been, but it’s on my list for sure!

    • they are definitely perfect for cookie cravings – trust me, i’ve been there too!!! just the right amount of sweet without derailing your day. & i’m totally not sure about the bad reputation for food in london/england – i mean the traditional dishes don’t use spices & are on the more comforting end of the spectrum, but we ate amazing food our whole trip. you’ll love it there!!! xo

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