Dessert Snacks

Cacao & Sesame Balls

October 5, 2017

Nut-Free Bliss Balls

Nut free bliss balls? Erm yes please!! These cacao and sesame balls are a nut-free snack that totally holds their own when it comes to their nutritional superpowers AND they only take 15 minutes to make, so they are a bit of an all-round winner in the snacks stakes!

The perfect on the go nut free snack!

Bliss balls make a perfect snack to keep you going when you get that mid-afternoon sugar craving and the combination of ingredients create a snack balanced with protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats to keep you feeling fuller for longer.

Nut free bliss balls

Nut-Free Bliss Balls – Key Nutrients

Sesame & Tahini – Supercharged with enough vitamin E to exceed your daily requirements, the primary function of vitamin E is to work as an antioxidant. Antioxidants are here to protect us against free radicals in the body caused by toxins, pollution, medications, drugs and alcohol. For the majority of us, these are pretty hard to avoid and this recipe has got your vitamin E needs covered.

Dates – Not only adding some sticky sweetness, dates contain traces of all major minerals, most vitamins AND some fibre. They also have antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties!

Cacao – Enter the chocolate…yes, I LOVE cacao! Cacao is also rich in minerals, in particular, magnesium and calcium, two minerals essential for their involvement in muscle contraction and prevention of cramps.

Cacao & Sesame Balls

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 balls


  • 12 dates (pitted)
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 4 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds


  • Remove stones from dates and place all ingredients (saving 1-2 tbsp sesame for rolling) into a food processor.
  • Blend until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed together.
  • Using hands and approximately 1 tablespoon of mixture to roll into 8 balls.
  • Roll balls in remaining sesame seeds to decorate.
  • Place in freezer for 30 minutes and then store in a refrigerator.
  • I would love your feedback and comments below on this recipe and don't forget to tag me in your photos @amysavagenutrition


Essential Equipment

Food processor/blender.


I use a standard cup measure. If you don’t have one you can use a mug and substitute the amount for ¾ of a standard size mug.

Find your Ingredients

Dates – fruit and vegetable aisle
Desiccated coconut - baking aisle
Cacao powder & tahini - health food aisle
Sesame seeds - herbs & spices aisle
Chia seeds - health food aisle

Course Dessert, Snacks

In need of more snack recipes? (please note the recipes listed below contain nuts)

For further information on nut allergies, please read here.


Amy Savage is a qualified Nutritionist with a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutritional & Dietetic Medicine and is available for consultations online and in Sydney CBD. Email for further details. 

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