Chia Power Bliss Balls

Close up of hand placing chia seed balls onto parchment paper with a white bowl in the background.

A Taste of Wild - Pacific Northwest

Jon Moore and Aubrey Gigandet bring you restaurant-worthy recipes you can make on the road, inspired by their travels in the Pacific Northwest.

Chia Power Bliss Balls

With a gasp, we hiked through the thick evergreens onto an open cliff into a world wrapped with water and sky. And for a minute, we stood, gazing over the timeless Pacific as it churned. Then I wiped my brow, threw my heavy pack to the ground, and let my shoulders relax. I was tired. Aubrey was tired too, but smiling. And then she handed me an on-the-go nutrition bar. And as I tore into the plastic, the list of ingredients on the back of the wrapper caught my eye.

“We should make our own,” she said.

She read my mind.


  • 1 cup dried dates or figs
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts or other nuts
  • 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoon oats
  • 4 tablespoons nut butter
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder


  • Mortar and Pestle (or food processor)
  • Cutting board
  • Chef’s knife
  • Medium bowl
  • Reusable wax paper


Crush the nuts and oats into a fine dust using the mortar and pestle. Set aside in the medium bowl.

Using your mortar and pestle, mash the dates or figs into a smooth paste.

Add the paste to the medium bowl and mix all ingredients thoroughly.

Take a tablespoon of dough at a time and roll into balls.

Yields 8 pieces.