Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Recipe: Nut Free Choc Balls

I'm constantly on the look out for healthy snacks I can make for my kids. This becomes a slightly harder task when you're seeking refined sugar-free, gluten-free (so I can eat them too!) and, as per school policy, nut free as well.

Fortunately, I have a dear friend on a similar mission and a year ago she found this recipe for a Raw Brownie on the My New Roots blog.  Amazing!  Soon after she sent me a very similar one where the mix was rolled into balls and coated in coconut- perfect for kids, but the nuts meant I couldn't pop them in a lunchbox.

So, I did a bit of experimenting and came up with these...
 Nut Free Choc Balls

1. Place 1/2 a cup of Pepitas, 1/2 a cup of Sunflower seeds, 1/4 a cup of Chia seeds, 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds and 1/2 a cup of cacao in a food processor.
2. Give it a whiz until it's a fairly fine powder.  (I like to process the small seeds too because I find the Chia get stuck in your teeth less!)

3. With the processor running add 2 cups (about 20) seeded Medjool dates one at a time.  You may also need to add up to 1/4 a cup of filtered water until the mix comes together in a ball.

4. Now to get messy! Roll 1/2 tablespoon fulls of the mixture into balls and coat in coconut (You'll need about 1/ cup.  Dessicated coconut is best, but I only had shredded).  My kids love rolling things in coconut!

5. Enjoy! (Although it's hard to stop eating them, because of the high fibre content, you might want to limit yourself to 3 or 4).  These also freeze really well so you can pop them into lunchboxes when needed.

What's your favourite healthy lunchbox snack?  Do you need to keep things nut-free?

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