My daughter started school this year and so began the routine of scratching my head for a “morning tea” snack every day. If I ever had grandiose ideas about packing lovingly hand-baked goods accompanied with sweet hand-written notes every day in her school bag, they were dashed very early on into the school term. She’s lucky if she gets a packet of brown rice cakes (at least they are brown!!) thrown hastily in there.
One thing I can whip up easily are these date, oat and seed bliss balls which I have modified from Cooking From Busy Mums’ recipe. I didn’t have sultanas so I substituted with half a cup of extra dates, and half a cup of sunflower seeds, and I also added chia seeds. Really, you could throw in any seeds you like which would add extra fibre and protein into the bliss balls. They are nut free and free from refined sugar although the dates are extremely high in “natural” sugars. However, there’s also plenty of fibre in there which will slow down the absorption of sugar. My kids helped me roll the balls so it was very quick work with no baking and minimal mess. Enjoy!
Date, Oat and Seed Bliss Balls
1 1/2 cups dates
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup pumpkin, chia or sunflower seeds – anything you like, really
1/4 cup cocoa (or cacao, if you wish)
3 tbsp water or enough so that it isn’t dry and holds together well
Extra desiccated coconut for rolling in
Just throw everything into a blender or food processor and process until smooth.
Kids love rolling these so enlist their help in rolling small amounts into balls (about 1 heaped teaspoon is good) and roll in desiccated coconut.
They will freeze well for 3 months.
Enjoy in moderation!