Dark choc and raspberry bliss balls recipe


2 minutes

07 October 2022

Dark chocolate date and raspberry bliss ball recipe

Loaded with sweetness to feel good about, there’s no need to skimp on the chocolate dusting when it comes to these CSIRO-approved bliss balls.

Dive into the ‘delicious healthy desserts’ menu of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet and you’ll find these dark and dreamy bliss balls. Packed with dates, cacao, coconut, and raspberries and made in under 30 minutes, they’re high in fiber and contain antioxidants and potassium. Just one of the 1000s of recipes you can access via the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet Premium Program.

Serves: 12
Prep time: 20 minutes
Refrigeration time: 30 minutes


  • 125g raspberries (1 punnet of fresh, or you can use frozen)
  • 130g dark chocolate
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 250g pitted, fresh dates
  • ¾ cups almond meal
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder, plus extra for dusting


  1. Place the chocolate and coconut oil into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, uncovered in 1-minute bursts on High/100%, stirring every minute with a metal spoon until melted and smooth. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool.
  2. Place the dates, almond meal, coconut, and cacao into a food processor. Pulse until dates are finely chopped. Add the raspberries and melted chocolate mixture and pulse until the mixture almost comes together.
  3. Transfer to a bowl, refrigerate for 1 hour, or until firm enough to roll into balls.
  4. Roll mixture into 36 small balls, approximately 20 g each. Place onto a tray.
  5. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until firm. Dust with cacao powder. Enjoy 3 chilled bliss balls per serve.

TIP: Bliss balls will keep for 10 days in an airtight container in the fridge. They also freeze really well, store in an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months, they may need a little dusting with cacao just before serving.

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This article contains general information only and does not take into account the health, personal situation or needs of any person. In conjunction with your GP or treating health care professional, please consider whether the information is suitable for you and your personal circumstances.