• ½ cup dates
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup ground almonds
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa
  • 2 Tbsp runny honey
  • 400g can Wattie’s Black Beans in Springwater, drained
  • Zest from 1 small orange

  • Toppings:
  • Finely chopped toasted pistachios
  • Cocoa
  • Coconut
  1. Put the dates, cranberries, ground almonds, cocoa, honey, Wattie’s Black Beans and orange zest into a food processor. Process until the fruit is finely chopped. The mixture will come together into a ball.
  2. Roll the mixture into small balls.* Roll balls in finely chopped toasted pistachios, cocoa or coconut. Store in a container in the fridge.

Top Tips

  • This recipe gets the Healthy Pick for Baking and Desserts.
  • *Make ahead and freeze balls on a tray in a single layer. Pack into an airtight container or resealable bags. Thaw and roll in coconut or cocoa before serving.

Made With

Black Beans

Wattie’s Black Beans are super versatile and are a great addition to or replacement for meat dishes.

Heated or eaten as is, they are delicious from morning to night in Mexican cuisine such as burritos and tacos or simply used in dips, salads, soups and casseroles. 

Rate and Review

11 Ratings

Reviews (11)

Teresa Montgomery's Rating
Grant's Rating
Donna's Review | Rating

Healthy tasty treat

Sheryl's Review | Rating

Those little black beans r so versatile. I had a few extra cans so made a double batch. Gone b4 I had a chance to taste more than 1

Justine's Review | Rating

Very chocolatey with a nice hint of orange zest. The kids loved them too!

Debbie's Review | Rating

Not my cup of tea

Kellie's Review | Rating

Who knew black beans would make such a delicious dessert!!! so easy and fast to whip up, the whole family loved it :) replaced honey with 2 tbsp stevia, still great!

Sarah's Review | Rating

I loved them they were pretty easy to make and I found them quite tasty. My brother wasn't as much of a fan but that just meant more for me!

Alexandra's Review | Rating

Great snack made with tasty ingredients

Anna's Review | Rating

My daughter and I made the black bean bliss balls together because I wanted a healthy wrapper free snack for her lunch box at kindy. She loved helping me roll the balls in cocoa and coconut. I love the fact that it's a simple recipe to follow. The dates and cranberries give them a naturally sweet flavour and the almonds and black beans mean she's getting some protein too. We splurged and added a quality manuka honey for added antioxidants. We made a few extras for her teachers and received some glowing compliments. Thank you watties!!

Kerryn Rosetta's Review | Rating

dont let the smell of the black beans put you off they are amazing!