Cocoa nibs and lime bliss balls

cocoa nibs and lime bliss balls

As I am slowly prepping myself up to let go of the current job, I need to get back to a few hours of an online course. Well, with multitasking as the keyword word for so long, I suddenly find myself incapable of concentrating on just one task at a time. I do agree, my mind is on different thoughts and apprehensions about the ongoing scenario but, being unable to get myself through a lecture was something I did not believe I would face one day.

The solution to the problem

Snacking is a great week to bridge the gap between meals. It is also a great way to break up that large one meal into smaller portions. The right snacks help to retain the pleasure of studying and of course the mood. Snacks richer in proteins wholesome grains with minimal sugar are what you need to keep up with. (Source). So chuck out the caffeine, those sugar-laden treats and all that packs of empty calories.
Keep some good fruits at hand, a couple of packs of nuts and seeds as a trail mix and of course a few other easy to keep recipes.
Here are some recipes you can rely on :

Baked oatmeal cups

Apple Nachos with grape salsa

Dates and Aval Ladoo
And of course this recipe, Lime andΒ  raw cocoa nibs bliss balls.

cocoa nibs
Some unique additions – cocoa nibs

Cocoa nibs are nothing but broken bits of the cocoa bean. The Theobroma cocoa or the cocoa tree is short perennials that produce the most decadent ingredient in the world the cocoa beans. Harvested and fermented producing the rich and chocolatey beans, these are the precursors for that melt in the mouth chocolates. Crushed raw beans produce a slightly bitter, these cocoa nibs are one of the least processed elements you can get out of the chocolate family on a supermarket aisle. These cocoa nibs are also low in sugar making them a great one to keep packed with flavonoids and antioxidants.

The challenge at hand

snack balls made with cocoa nibs
Priya Vijayakrishnan is my partner for the current session of the chocolate challenge at shh cooking secretly group. The challenge proposed by, Mayuri Patel, was a blessing to use a pack of cocoa nibs that I had picked up. Adding in the ingredients, milk powder and dry fruits that Priya proposed, these bliss balls just turned out so perfect.
I can feel the cocoa nibs and the combination with the milk powder makes chocolate in my mouth with that refreshing lime to run through it, it makes this snack a great one to munch on while studying or one for a postworkout snack.
Here is Priyas recipe for you – Priya’s blog

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cocoa nibs and lime bliss balls

Cocoa nibs and lime bliss ball.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Snacks, Sweets and savories
Cuisine American, Asian, Continental, diabetic friendly, Fusion, gluten free, International, Kids choice, One pot, Summer, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 20 balls


  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup cashewnuts
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/8 cup dessicated coconut
  • 1/8 cup milk powder ( optional, omit for the dairy free option)
  • 1/8 cup cocoa nibs
  • 10 soft Dates ( soft variety)
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 3-4 drops lime juice


  • Dry roast the almonds, cashew nuts and the sunflower seeds on a gentle heat (stovetop) or very low temperature for about 20 minutes in the oven.
  • Cool them and blitz them in the processor till they are a coarse mix, Add the cocoa nibs, milk powder, and lime zest and blitz further.
  • Remove a tbsp of coconut from the 1/8 cup and add the rest to the processor.
  • Add the lime zest, pitted dates and lime juice and blitz till they come together.
  • Make small balls of this mix and roll in the dessicated coconut.
  • Save in an airtight container and have as a snack
    cocoa nibs and lime bliss balls


Alternately, you can press them into a square basking dish line with parchment paper and chill. cut them into squares after about half an hour and save in airtight boxes.
If you choose to make them just with one type of nuts or seeds that works well too. I do the recipe just with sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds for my children for school as nuts are an allergen.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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Priya Vj
3 years ago

Absolutely lipsmacking..i can feel the refreshing flavor of lemon with chocolate melt in my mouth

Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth
3 years ago

I am so intrigued by the addition of the lime zest. That must have given an oomph of freshness to those bliss balls! May you be able to do what you wish to do… πŸ™‚

The Girl Next Door
3 years ago

Wow! The bliss balls look absolutely delicious! I can imagine the robust flavours. πŸ™‚ Totally love the addition of lime juice and a variety of seeds.

Poonam Bachhav
3 years ago

Citrus flavors work wonders with chocolate. Your bliss balls sound a refreshing delectable treat for sure.

3 years ago

These balls are absolutely irresistible. Never used cocoa nibs . Cocoa nibs with lime sounds interesting. Guilt free snack.

3 years ago

Very interesting recipe and nice write up, good to know more about cocoa nibs. Loved the crunchy taste of sunflower seeds and almonds. The flavors of lime and lime zest is just amazing.

Anu Kollon
3 years ago

This is such a healthy snacking option with all the natural ingredients. I am sure kids will love it because of the chocolate flavor.

3 years ago

Wow. cocoa nibs and lime balls looks so addictive snacks for anybody not only kids. So healthy and pure to use cocoa nibs with lot of nuts and seeds.

Jayashree T.Rao
3 years ago

Lovely snack to have anytime. Addition of lime juice is quite new to me.

3 years ago

Until I can get my hands on some cocoa nibs (as the husband absolulutely adores the bitter taste), I will simply ogle at these sweet nibbles (and hope that the days pass through soon :P)… lovely texture.. for a min, I thought it was dharwad peda.. πŸ™‚ lol

Shobana Vijay
3 years ago

Flavourful lemon with chocolate is amazing. They are awesome and delightful to taste.

3 years ago

These balls are absolutely irresistible Seema !
Cocoa nibs are totally new for me, thanks for sharing this .Use of lime sounds interesting….

Pavani Gunikuntla
3 years ago

Cocoa nibs looks so irresistible. I simple love the addition of lemon with chocolate. Will try it soon.

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