Taste the Rainbow Bliss Balls (Gluten Free, Vegan)

The calendar might say that Spring has started, but Colorado Springs is making April Fool's Day a week-long event with the weather this week. So what's a girl to do besides whip up her own rainbow in the kitchen? 

To be honest, these bliss balls actually emerged by accident. It was a quiet weekday night and I needed something to soothe my mind and fill my belly...so, of course, there was no better option than playing around in the kitchen! Since I'd finished off my Iron-Packed Banana Bombs the previous week, bliss balls were a must...and they turned out even better than imagined. Not only are these gluten free and vegan, but they're also paleo, refined sugar free and easily adaptable to any other food allergies. Perhaps the best part? These colors are 100% NATURAL thanks to a variety of superfoods and fruit. What rainbow can be better than that? 

Taste the Rainbow Bliss Balls (Gluten Free, Vegan)

While they taste like dessert, my rainbow balls also pack gold-star worthy nutrition. Besides being packed with fiber, dates also offer high doses of potassium, copper, manganese, iron and Vitamin B6. Bananas have also been shown to boost heart health (thank you potassium) and aid digestion - and the added superfoods' health benefits are just a bonus!

If you're ready to brighten up a dreary winter day, start by gathering the following ingredients (to form around 20 nickel-sized bliss balls).

Basic base:

11 dates, soaked in water for a few hours or until tender
1/2 ripe banana, mashed
Liberal shake of cinnamon

Rainbow Bliss Balls Recipe (Gluten Free Recipe, Vegan Recipe)
That close up!
Extras

Enough coconut, buckwheat or rice flour to create a doughy texture 
Crunchy add-ins like chia seeds, puffed rice, cacao nibs, rice flakes or anything else your heart desires!
Flavorings like nutmeg, cacao, maca, vanilla extract, mint extract, etc.

As complicated as these colored bliss balls might look, they are actually super simple. Start by soaking your dates in a shallow bowl of water for a few hours or until extremely gooey. Then, pour out the date water (or save it for future baking or smoothies!) and mash your dates in a bowl. You could use a blender or food processor, but a fork works just as well! Then, add in your mashed banana and cinnamon. 

Rainbow Bliss Balls Recipe (Gluten Free Recipe, Vegan Recipe)
My kind of rainbow...
Now, for the fun part. To make separately colored bliss balls, I keep that base mix in one bowl and transfer small portions to another bowl for coloring and mixing. Add around a tablespoon of your date/banana mixture to a separate bowl. Then, mix in enough flour(s) to make the mixture more doughy than sticky (typically around a tablespoon or two), along with any of your other flavorings or crunchy toppings. 

Now, for part you're been dying to know about: the natural dyeing! Just follow the list below: 

  • Yellow - add a spoonful of turmeric to your separate mix 
  • Blue/green - spirulina powder 
  • Chocolate - a mix of maca and cacao powder or, like I did, a spoonful of Macaccino 
  • Indigo - mashed blackberries (you can add acai powder if you have it) 
  • Pink - mashed raspberries 
Rainbow Bliss Balls Recipe (Gluten Free Recipe, Vegan Recipe)

Add these final powders/berries in, mix well, and roll into balls! I kept mine nickel-sized ('cause then you get to mix and match flavors!), but feel free to make them as big as your heart (and mouth) desires.

I actually didn't initially plan to create a rainbow, but once I saw how beautiful the turmeric and spirulina balls turned out, I challenged myself to see how many other (natural) colors I could create. Some other colorful ingredients you could experiment with include:

Really the sky (rainbow pun intended) is the limit! 

Rainbow Bliss Balls Recipe (Gluten Free Recipe, Vegan Recipe)
My favorite breakfast!
The same can be said for how you eat these rainbow bliss balls. Because of their mix of easily digestible carbohydrates, they make perfect pre and post workout snacks, or an ideal pick-me-up during that 3 o'clock slump at work. You can also enjoy them on smoothies (because what can't you put on a smoothie, really?) or yogurt parfaits. 

To store them, you can put them in a sealed container in the fridge for one week or keep them in the freezer. Freezing them will ensure they stay fresh for at least a couple months. To eat, just pick out a few that you want and let them thaw at room temperature for around 10 minutes

There's a poem I recently discovered by Aberjhani that says: "Dare to love yourself/as if you were a rainbow/with gold at both ends." Now, I won't claim that these rainbow bliss balls are guaranteed forms of self love. 

Rainbow Bliss Balls Recipe (Gluten Free Recipe, Vegan Recipe)
Which would you eat first?
But I do think taking the time to experiment in the kitchen with zero expectations and filling your body with beautiful, healthy treats is a pretty good start! 

So, whether Spring has peeked its head in your neighborhood or winter is still the word, just know that rainbows can definitely be in your near future...and in your stomach! 


What would be your favorite colored bliss ball out of this rainbow? How do you show self love? Comment below! 

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, Whitney! Hope spring is treating you well!

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  2. Girl I LOVE this idea!! Love how super customizable they are as well~definitely going to have to give these bites a try. And since rainbow is my favorite color - I may just have to make one in each color ;)

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    1. Haha thanks Kat! I hope you try every color...and devour them all equally! ;)

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  4. Wow, could these be more beautiful?? So happy to have discovered your blog and will be eagerly awaiting more goodness. Now to round up the ingredients for Rainbow Bliss Balls AND Iron-Packed Banana Bombs...!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, Michaela! I hope you enjoy following along :) And love these recipes as much as I do!

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  5. Wow! Love how the colors turned out. How I missed your blog before is a mystery to me. I'll be watching for you from now on.

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    1. Awww thanks Amanda! Have a fabulous day!

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  6. THESE BALLS have caught my attention!!! Throw them in my direction! Lets play that game where you try and throw them in my mouth! hahaha! ;)

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    1. Haha! Hopefully you'd catch them because it'd be shame of any of these to go to waste ;)

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  7. Love this!! I never thought about putting all those add ins in my date balls that I make all the time. Great ideas.

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Mindy! I hope you try out these colors with your own date balls :)

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  8. Love the natural colours on these healthy snacks. Much better for you than sweets

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    1. Thanks Bintu! And these are definitely my kind of sweets!

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  9. What amazing natural colours in these bliss balls!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words Kate! Have a great week!

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  10. I love the use of natural coloring for these! Super fun and perfect for spring!

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    1. Thanks so much! I love your username - so cute!

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  11. These are SUCH a cute idea. Will try them for my son with food allergies - he'd love the different colors!

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    1. I hope your son loves them as much as I do, Kathryn! :)

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  12. These sound great and are adorable! I love the idea of the natural food coloring options.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words Lisa. Have a fabulous week!

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