These rose bliss balls are the perfect sweet snack and a great way to indulge without feeling guilty! A delicious bite-sized superfood to keep you going throughout the day!
I’m not much of a health freak, but there are times when I want something sweet but healthy, too.
I’ve been experimenting with healthy, raw dessert treats lately. And apart from my vegan chocolate truffles, which have raw cashews, I'm not all that familiar with raw desserts.
So, I began playing around with flavors I love with dried Greek figs and turning them into energy balls.
Boy, was I totally blown away with the results!
These incredible, no-bake energy bites are heavenly!
Why you'll love these rose bliss balls
- simple, no-bake treats.
- sugar-free, yet sweet enough to satisfy any sweet tooth.
- incredibly quick and easy to make.
- perfect for a snack.
- easy to pack and they travel really well, too!
What makes these bliss balls stand out
Most bliss ball recipes are made with dates, but I decided to try using dried figs because they have a bit fewer carbs and less fat than dates and I honestly think they taste a lot better, too. Greek figs are considered one of the best in the world. So, if you can get a hold of Greek figs, you should definitely try them! I’m sure they’re available online or at Greek specialty shops.
In addition, unlike traditional bliss balls, this recipe doesn’t require soaking the figs at all. This makes it even easier and faster to make!
Best of all, though, these bliss balls have a unique flavor unlike anything I've ever had - a wonderful medley of unique flavors: figs and roses.
What do these rose bliss balls taste like?
If you like Fig Newtons, you’ll probably like these, too! They’re sweet and slightly spicy. The dried rose buds don’t taste great on their own, but when they’re mixed with everything else, they really bring out a wonderful, exotic flavor.
What I think makes these balls phenomenal, though, is the tiny amount of Kahlua. OMG!
Kahlua and figs are a match made in heaven!
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THEM - ONLY 5 INGREDIENTS:
I use all natural, unsweetened white dried Greek figs, that are naturally sun dried. The variety I use is one from the island of Evia.
Salt & spices:
I use a little cinnamon and just a small amount of salt to enhance the flavors.
Dried Rose Petals:
Dried rose petals really bring out a wonderful flavor! I've also made this recipe using the petals from dried rose buds.
I use a tiny amount of Kahlua, but if you want to avoid alcohol, you could easily replace this with water.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Yes! To me, these balls are tiny versions of an energy bar. They contain dried figs, which are excellent sources of iron and calcium and, most importantly, they are also rich in antioxidants.
Yes! Here are a few ideas:
Substitute Kahlua with orange juice or just water.
Instead of dried rose buds, about 1 teaspoon food grade rose water.
Add some of your favorite nuts or seeds or even unsweetened shredded coconut.
They can be stored in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. After that, they begin to dry out.
Yes! Spread them out on a baking sheet and put in the freezer. When they’ve frozen completely, put them in a freezer bag and then in a freezer-safe container. They can be frozen for about 2 months.
HOW TO MAKE ROSE BLISS BALLS
Put everything in a food processor and pulse until smooth.
It should come together when you pinch some together.
Form balls, about 1 tablespoon for each. I like to use a small cookie scoop for this because it’s easier and I get the same size for each ball.
Roll the balls in some crushed, dried rose petals or your desired topping.
How easy is that??
TIPS FOR SUCCESS
- The type of dried figs you use may affect the overall texture. If the mixture is too crumbly, add a lit bit of water, a teaspoon at a time, until it comes together.
- The dough is quite sticky. If you want, you could wet your hands or wear gloves so that they’ll be easier to roll.
IDEAS FOR TOPPINGS
- dried unsweetened shredded coconut
- sesame seeds
- chopped walnuts
- unsweetened cocoa powder - I use Dutch-processed as it’s less bitter than natural cocoa powder (To learn the difference between these two types of cocoa, check out this post I wrote.)
- melted dark chocolate
HOW TO ENJOY THESE ROSE BLISS BALLS
First of all, I already keep lots of different sweet treats in the freezer, just in case of an emergency, like chocolate pomegranate bark , and these fig balls make another great addition!
But apart from eating them on their own, I’ve discovered lots of other ways to enjoy them, too!
Here are a few ideas:
- Add them to Greek yogurt for a healthy breakfast or snack.
- Put 1 (or 2) bliss balls in your favorite smoothie.
- Add some over a mixed green salad drizzled with some balsamic vinegar.
MORE HEALTHY RECIPES
Let me know how these rose bliss balls turn out for you in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!
Easy Rose Bliss Balls (Healthy, Vegan, Raw, Sugar-free, Gluten-free, Oil-free)
- 10 dried figs, about 6.3 oz / 180 g
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ tablespoon Kahlua (or water)
- 1 tablespoon dried rose petals (+ extra to coat)
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- Put everything in a food processor and pulse until smooth.
- It should come together when you pinch some together.
- Form balls, about 1 tablespoon for each. I like to use a small cookie scoop because it’s easier and I get the same size for each ball.
- Roll the balls in some crushed, dried rose petals or your desired topping.
- They can be stored in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks