These Almond and Strawberry Bliss Balls are super quick and easy to make in the food processor, with 5 ingredients only. They are a great dairy-free and egg-free healthy snack for toddlers and kids (and parents too!)
Why we love this recipe
These Strawberry Bliss Balls are great in every way: fun colour, super soft texture and lots of nutrients - just like these Raspberry Bliss Balls.The recipe can easily be adapted to suit most dietary requirements with a few simple substitutions.
This recipe is great because:
- It uses Frozen Strawberries - so you can make this recipe all year round.
- The bliss balls are dairy-free, egg-free and are gluten-free friendly with the use of gluten-free certified oats.
- The treats are no bake are are super quick to make in the food processor.
- They have a very soft texture, making them great for younger toddlers.
There are 5 basic ingredients required to make this recipe (scroll down to recipe card for all quantities):
- Strawberries: using frozen strawberries is not only great for convenience but is actually required here to create the perfect texture. Fresh strawberries will turn into liquid when blended, so the balls would be too soft to roll.
- Almond Meal: or Almond Flour. Adds a lot of naturally sweet flavour and a great soft texture.
- Oats: use (old fashioned) Rolled Oats. If required, use gluten-free certified oats. For a finer texture, you can substitute the oats for oat flour.
- Desiccated Coconut: unsweetened coconut, great for both flavour and texture. I also used it to coat some of the bliss balls.
- Maple Syrup: can be discarded to make these bliss balls completely sugar free.
I also use some Strawberry Powder (made from blended freeze dried strawberries) to coat some of the balls. This is completely optional but adds a super fun colour and boost of flavour to these treats.
- Almond Meal: to make this recipe nut-free, replace the Almond Meal with Oat Flour.
- Coconut: replace with the same amount of Almond Meal.
- Maple Syrup: can be replaced with honey (for babies over 1 year old) or discarded all together for a fully sugar-free treat.
How to make No Bake Strawberry Balls
- Place the frozen strawberries in a heat-proof bowl and put in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute. They need to still be mostly frozen, but very slightly softened.
This will help blending the frozen strawberries into the rest of the ingredients. This recipe will work with strawberries straight out of the freezer as well.
- Photo 1: Put the Strawberries, Almond Meal, Oats, Desiccated Coconut and Maple Syrup in the bowl of your Food Processor.
- Photo 2: Blend for 2 to 3 minutes, or until you get a thick paste. Stop to scrape the bowl if required.
If you want a very smooth texture, continue to blend until the frozen strawberries and oats are completely blended.
- Prepare a small tray with baking paper or a baking mat - or a large container.
- Photo 3: Using a small ice cream scoop (I used a 1,5 tablespoon scoop), pick up some of the mixture.
Alternatively, just use a spoon or your fingers. Using the scoop is a simple way to create evenly sized bliss balls.
- Photo 4: Gently roll the mixture between your hands to create small balls. If needed, press on it slightly to make sure it sticks together.
- Photo 5: Optionally, roll the balls in more Desiccated Coconut or some Strawberry Powder.
Note that the strawberry powder will absorb some of the moisture from the balls and get a bit sticky. I would avoid using it for younger toddlers.
- Photo 6: Place the bliss balls on the tray and place in the fridge to set for 1 hour.
- Transfer into an air-tight container and keep stored in the fridge.
Yes, simply replace the almond meal with more rolled oats (will need to be blended for a little bit longer) or some oat flour.
Although Oats are technically gluten-free, there is often cross-contamination during the production process. If you need to make these bliss balls gluten free, make sure to use gluten-free certified oats. Note that for Oats are not usually recommended for people with Celiac disease.
I don't recommend using fresh strawberries here - or freeze the fresh strawberries first. You actually need them to be quite hard when you blend all the ingredients together, or the fruits will release too much juice and make them too soft to roll.
Yes, you can just discard the Maple Syrup if you want to make these fully sugar-free.
Tips for Success
- The more you blend the ingredients, the softer the strawberry bliss balls will be. But you don't want the mixture to get too warm or the strawberries will start releasing moisture.
- For a stronger strawberry flavour, add about 1 to 2 teaspoons of freeze-dried Strawberry Powder to the mixture before blending it.
- For a different flavour, add some Vanilla extract or a little bit of cocoa powder to the mixture. You can even dip them in melted chocolate for older children!
Storing & Freezing
These bliss balls should be kept in the fridge in an air-tight container. I recommend eating them within 2 to 3 days.
This recipe yields 16 strawberry balls; if you don't think you will eat them all within 3 days, you can simply make a half batch!
It is generally not recommend to re-freeze thawed uncooked food, so I personally do not freeze these bliss balls. They will also tend to break apart after being frozen.
More Healthy Snacks
- Raspberry Baked Oatmeal Cups
- Pear and Banana Muffins
- Raspberry Bliss Balls
- Flourless Banana Oatmeal Muffins
- Baked Banana Chips
- Banana and Oat Muffins
Strawberry Bliss Balls
- 150 gr (1 1/2 cup) Frozen Strawberries
- 75 gr (3/4 cup) Almond Meal
- 75 gr (3/4 cup) Rolled Oats
- 30 gr Desiccated Coconut
- 15 ml Maple Syrup
- desiccated coconut or strawberry powder for coating, optional
- Place the frozen Strawberries in a heat-proof bowl and put in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute. They should be very slightly soft, but still mostly frozen. Discard any liquid.
- Put the Strawberries, Oats, Almond Meal, Desiccated Coconut and Maple Syrup in the bowl of your Food Processor. Blend for about 2 to 3 minutes or until you get a thick paste (see note 1). Stop and scrap the bowl with a spatula if required.
- Pick up a little bit of the mixture with a small scoop (1 to 1 1/2 tablespoon scoop) and roll between your hands to form balls, lightly pressing on it so the mixture sticks together.
- Optionally, roll the bliss balls in extra desiccated coconut or strawberry powder (see note 2).
- Place the balls on a flat tray or container and chill for 1 hour. Keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- Depending on the age of your little one and the texture you are after, you can stop at around 2 minutes for bliss balls that have small chunks of oats in them, or continue to blend until completely smooth (or until you reach your desired consistency). Alternatively for fully smooth balls, replace the Rolled Oats by Oat Flour.
- I made my own strawberry powder by blending freeze dried strawberries. Note that when the balls start releasing some moisture, the strawberry powder will become a bit sticky. I don't recommend using it for smaller children as it might be too sticky for them.