Healthy Nut, Seed and Date Balls

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Today is another beautiful, sunny Winters day in Cape Town. The branches of the oak tree that hangs over my house are almost bare and it feels like a familiar time of year when I’me grateful for every sunny day. I’ve caught myself making my third cup of tea before the afternoon has started… It’s the type of weather that just calls for a sweet treat with your tea and makes me wish I was able to snuggle on the couch for the afternoon with a good book. I have been enjoying the glories of my daughter having a two hour nap and am catching up on some long-overdue blogging and shoot-planning. Life with a toddler has left me missing little things like spending the afternoon baking without having to fight my way through Tupperwares and potatoes rolling on my kitchen floor. I must say though, I wouldn’t replace it for the world, and the busyness has somehow made me into a more focused and productive person.

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I’ve always been someone who enjoys eating regular meals and snacking on healthy, energy-dense foods, as my blood sugar levels use to fluctuate quite a bit in my teens. This is the perfect snack for a quick pick-me-up before a work-out or when the afternoon blues hit and you’re battling to concentrate and get through the last of your work day.

These treats were introduced to me by my sister-in-law as “Amazeballs”, a name given to them by her sister I think… They are packed with goodness and I’ve started to making them with chia seeds which also add a whole new dimension and crunch. This recipe is adapted from the recipe found on her blog, Duck and Bear, found on the link. I have made slight changes, but the great thing about them is that this recipe really allows you to play with the ingredients. ¬†As dates tend to differ in moisture, this recipe might need slightly more or less to allow them to bond. I have however added honey or maple syrup to the recipe, to allow them to form better truffles.

Optionally roll them in toasted desiccated coconut.

Enjoy!

 

Healthy Nut, Seed and Date Balls

Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted almonds

1 cup unsalted walnuts/macadamia nuts

1 cup unpinned merjool dates (8-10)

1/2 cup raw cocoa powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 tablespoon raw honey/maple syrup

1 tablespoon linseeds/chia seeds/sunflower seeds

1 cup toasted desiccated coconut, for coating (optional)

 

Method:

Start by blending the nuts finely in a food processor.

Then, add the pitted dates and the rest of the ingredients.

Blend until the mixture comes together and forms a ball, pulling away from the sides of the bowl.

If the mixture doesn’t do this, add some more honey or even a little bit of boiling water.

Roll into truffle sized ball and roll in a bowl of desiccated coconut or alternatively leave this step out. Store in the fridge in a sealed container. This is a great healthy snack for children and will keep in the fridge for about a week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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