At Dharma Bums HQ we are all too familiar with the mid-afternoon slump that has us reaching for a snack to get us through the tail end of our workday.

Our favourite afternoon treat, Bliss Balls, are not only a quick, healthy, convenient snack for the time poor, but also packed full of raw, plant-based superfoods and a great way to maintain energy throughout the day. Best of all, they keep in the fridge for up to 3 weeks so you can make a big batch and enjoy them throughout the month!

- You can adapt the recipe to fit any kind of diet – raw, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free and everything in between

- A typical bliss ball contains nuts or seeds as a base, providing a good dose of healthy fats, which delay your stomach emptying and linger in the mouth so you feel full and satisfied for longer

- Bliss Balls also tend to be high in fibre due to their nut, seed and fruit content. Fibre breaks down slowly, helping keep blood sugar stable, and is essential for good gut health

- You can ensure your ingredients are of high quality and a high nutritional value to make anything from a protein-rich pre-workout snack to a healthy dessert that satisfies your sweet tooth

- They’re quick and easy to make (and eat!) - a great way to add extra vitamins and minerals to your diet

- Portion control!

One of our favourite recipes is for our Energy-Boost Superfood Raw Cookie Dough Bites. These delicious treats are not only filling but packed full of superfoods to make a great, easy-to-make, grab-and-go snack.

These raw, vegan and gluten free treats are full of protein and energy boosting nutrients, low in fructose (thanks to the lack of high fructose fruits commonly found in bliss balls like medjool dates or sultanas) and include all nine essential amino acids for a tasty and healthy snack!

Makes 14 Bliss Balls

Time to make: 10 mins

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • ½ cup quinoa flakes
  • 2/3 cup almond butter
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup cacao powder
  • ¼ cup cacao nibs
  • 3 tbs lucuma powder
  • 1 tbs rice malt syrup
  • 1 tbs vanilla esstence
  • 3 tbs oat milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  1. In a high speed blender or food processor, pulse the cashews and quinoa flakes until a fine meal forms
  2. Place the mixture in a large mixing bowl and stir through the lucuma powder, cinnamon and sea salt
  3. Add melted coconut oil, almond butter, vanilla essence, rice malt syrup and oat milk and stir through until a thick dough forms
  4. Fold in the cacao nibs
  5. Using your hands shape the mixture into balls and dust with cacao powder
  6. Place in freezer for 10 minutes to allow them to solidify more, or eat them straight away!
Matthew Guthrie