Orange Ginger Bliss Balls (CBD optional)

Orange Ginger Bliss Balls (CBD optional)

Full of flavor and easy on the stomach, these healthy orange ginger bliss balls are a nutritious snack or sweet treat. Find out how to make them now. 

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These orange ginger bliss balls are a healthy snack or sweet treat. 

If you loved these healthy lemon bliss balls then you’ll be equally pleased with this orange ginger recipe!

Made with just a handful of whole, nutritious ingredients, these orange ginger bliss balls are naturally sweetened with dates and perfect for a pre-workout or mid-day snack. I’ve even brought them as a dessert to parties. 

I also find that the ginger is really nice on my stomach. 

Bowl of orange ginger bliss balls

Can ginger settle an upset stomach?

Ginger has been used for thousands of years to help with digestive issues. Personally, I’ve found that drinking ginger tea when I’m sick is one of the best ways to manage nausea. 

But what does the research say? In two reviews (1, 2), ginger was found to be effective in the treatment of nausea and vomiting. 

However, most of the research has been in specific populations including pregnant women, chemotherapy patients, and post-surgical patients. 

But as ginger has been shown to be safe in doses that are less than 1,500 mg/day, it’s a generally safe option for otherwise healthy individuals to try for an upset stomach as well. 

Times when ginger is generally not recommended include:

  • Ginger supplements in pregnant women close to labor.
  • Individuals on blood thinners (small amounts may be fine, but you should first talk with your doctor).

Are energy balls good for you?

These vegan energy balls are for sure a healthy option as they’re: 

  • Naturally sweetened.
  • Filled with fiber and healthy fats.
  • Made with mostly whole ingredients. 
  • Flavored with fresh ginger root. 

As I’ve been trying to up my calories recently for health reasons, these ginger bites have been a life-saver. Not only are they nutrient-dense, but the flavor is just so good. 

Trust me, when you’re trying to up your calories, it’s super helpful to have foods that provide calories as well as help with nausea. 

Of course, if weight gain isn’t your goal, then these are also a great swap for less healthy sweet options. Just pop one or two in a bag and take them with you to work or when traveling.

Tray of orange ginger bliss balls

What you’ll need

To make these healthy orange ginger bliss balls, you’ll need a handful of whole ingredients:

  • Medjool dates: Dates are the key to the texture and sweetness of these healthy energy bites. I haven’t tried other dried fruits. 
  • Raw cashews: While you can use roasted cashews if that’s all you have, I strongly discourage using salted cashews. Want to save money? Buy cashew pieces instead of whole ones. 
  • Chia seeds: It’s no secret that I love adding chia seeds to almost all of my recipes. Packed with healthy fats and important minerals, they’re just such an easy way to add extra nutrition. I recommend buying them in bulk online
  • Fresh ginger: When adding fresh ginger, I recommend starting with a smaller amount, tasting, and then adding more as you see fit. I haven’t tried these with powdered ginger, but you can buy pre-grated ginger at the grocery store. 
  • Orange and vanilla extracts: For a strong orange flavor, I use orange extract. However, you can also play around with adding fresh orange juice and zest.
  • Salt: Use just pinch – trust me, it’ll help balance out the sweetness of the dates.
  • CBD oil: While 100% optional, I like adding CBD to my healthy orange ginger bliss balls to help with my anxiety during the day. 

How to make these healthy vegan bliss balls

If you’re new to making energy bites/bliss balls, don’t worry as they’re super simple to make! As long as you have a high-powered food processor then you’re good to go! 

Step 1: You’ll start by pulsing cashews into a coarse sand-like texture. I like to think of it as smaller than pea-sized but before it turns into a flour-like consistency. 

pulsed cashews in food processor

Step 2: After that, you’ll just add all the other ingredients, pulse, scrape, pulse, scrape — you get the idea. 

If you notice that your food processor is getting hot, be sure to take a break to let the motor cool down. I’ve actually broken smaller, less powerful food processors before making a similar recipe. 

Orange ginger bliss ball mixture in food processor

Step 3: Before rolling into balls, I recommend tasting your bliss ball mixture to make sure it’s your perfect balance of orange and ginger. 

Step 4: Finally, roll into balls and place them in the freezer for 15 minutes to help them firm up a bit. 

To store: After that, you can either keep them stored in the fridge for 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 4 months. Just make sure that they’re in an airtight container. 

Tray of orange ginger bliss balls

Why add CBD to bliss balls?

Adding CBD is 100% optional. 

If you’re not sure what CBD is or how to pick a good-quality product, be sure to check out my previous articles on the subject. 

Personally, I occasionally use CBD to help manage my anxiety. But there are other reasons why someone may choose to use CBD, including:

  • To help reduce chronic inflammation.
  • Aid in the management of chronic pain. 
  • Help with sleep. 

Topically, CBD creams can also be helpful for reducing muscle soreness. If you’re curious to try CBD or need to re-stock, CBDistillery is currently offering New Mind readers 15% off when they enter NEWMIND at checkout! 

Bowl of orange ginger bliss balls with CBD in background

How much CBD to add to these vegan bliss balls

I used 2 full drops of their THC-Free 83mg CBD tincture. That means that each bite has about 10 mg of CBD. 

To put that in perspective, studies have shown CBD effectiveness at doses between 20-600 mg. That’s a big range! As a result, make sure to adjust the amount you add to your personal needs. 

Holding an orange ginger bliss ball

More healthy energy bite recipes

Looking for more no-bake healthy energy bites in your life? Here are a few more recipes to try out: 

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Healthy Orange Ginger Bliss Balls

Full of flavor and easy on the stomach, these healthy orange ginger bliss balls are a nutritious snack or sweet treat. Option to add CBD oil.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Snack
Keyword: Healthy Bliss Balls, Healthy CBD recipe, Healthy Energy Bites
Servings: 16

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup medjool dates pits removed (about 10-12 dates)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger or more to taste (I use close to 1 tablespoon)
  • ¼ teaspoon orange extract or more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • teaspoon salt
  • THC-Free CBD Oil optional

Instructions

  • If dates are a bit dry, first soak them in a bowl of hot water for 10 minutes.
  • Place cashews in a food processor and pulse until they form a sand-like texture.
  • Next, add dates, chia seeds, ginger, salt, orange extract, vanilla extract, and CBD oil (if using).
  • Pulse until the mixture is well-combined and sticky. If the mixture isn’t coming together, add 1 teaspoon of water at a time. You may need to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula between pulses.
  • Once the mixture is ready, roll into 16 balls and place them on a baking sheet or Tupperware container. Freeze for 15 minutes, or until slightly firm. Option to store bliss balls in the freezer for up to 4 months or the fridge for about 2 weeks.

Notes

For CBD dosing, see notes in post.

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My name is Kelli McGrane, and I’m a Denver-based registered dietitian with a Master’s degree in nutrition.

As a foodie with a background in nutrition research, I’m a firm believer that what we eat affects nearly every aspect of our wellbeing, and that food should taste freaking delicious.

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