These balls are simply divine and so easy to make! They are dairy free, gluten free and free from refined sugar a delicious treat and so simple to make that you can get the children involved too. Freddie and I made some before heading round to a friends for dinner the other night in about 10 minutes. It is so nice to be able to take something wholesome and homemade you know the family can enjoy as a gift.
Freddie was so disappointed we were giving then away I made another batch when we got home to take to the beach today. These balls make a perfect morning tea snack so are great for lunchboxes and if your school is nut free they are easy to adapt see below. You can also vary them by changing the dried fruit you use and nuts. If you blend the mixture fine enough toddlers will be able to eat them too, they are just the right size for little fingers!
As these are made with dates which are high in sugar (1tsp of sugar per date) these are definitely a sometimes food rather than an everyday snack.
Date, Coconut and Tahini Balls
Preparation: 10 – 15 minutes
Makes: 20 balls
1 cup dates
1/2 cup dessicated coconut
1/3 cup pecans*
1/3 cup almonds*
1/4 cup sugar free cocoa or cacao powder
1 tbsp tahini
1 tbsp honey or rice malt syrup or for a no added sugar version coconut oil
coating – dessicated coconut, sesame seeds, sugar free cocoa or almond meal
Place all the dried ingredients into the food processor and blend on high until you get a chopped up powdery mixture.
Add the honey and tahini and pulse to combine. The mixture won’t become a stick ball but when you start press it with your fingers it will hold together.
Roll about 1 – 1 1/2 tbsps of the mixture into a ball in the palm of your hand.
Keep the balls in an airtight container. If the weather is very warm keep in the fridge.
* For a nut free alternative replace the nuts with oats or to keep them gluten free quinoa flakes.