Mix, chill and roll; that is how we snack!

“Don’t eat that or you will spoil your appetite”. Raise your hands if you grew up listening to this or find yourself saying the same to your little ones. I am talking about those times when the children are hungry and dinner is still a few hours away.

Snacks; I struggle with them the most. It is in-between meals so they need something small, energy packed, healthy, filling and they need it fast. Snack time is also a great opportunity to help the kids try out new foods and new flavours. The key to fulfilling so many parameters is being prepared and involving them.

My little chefling loves making something she calls “cake balls”. Carrot and Walnut, Apple and Date and Banana and Chocolate are three of her favourite cakes and when she gets to eat these “desserts” whenever she wants and her mum doesn’t seem to mind sort of makes me the coolest mum ever!!

Carrot and Walnut Energy Balls

And the fact that these tiny balls of goodness are not only a powerhouse of flavor and nutrition but also keep her little belly from rumbling until dinnertime keeps me stress-free!

Apple and Date Energy Balls

She loves all the measuring, mixing and shaping and more importantly the fact that she can make them independently since they don’t involve any “cooking” and will find any excuse to eat them.

Banana and Chocolate Energy Balls

Try them once and I can assure you your children will reach out for these instead of that packet of chips or a store bought bar when hunger pang strikes!

“Carrot and Walnut” Energy Balls

Makes 8-10 balls (depending on the size of the balls)

Ingredients

  • ½ tsp coconut oil
  • 1/8th cup of cashew butter (or a nut butter of your choice)
  • 1/8th cup of honey
  • 1/4th cup of old fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup grated carrots (squeezed to remove all the juice)
  • 1/4th cup walnuts (broken into little pieces)
  • 1/8th tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp bee pollen (optional)
  • Extra oats to roll the balls in (optional)

“Apple and Date” Energy Balls

Makes 8-10 balls (depending on the size of the balls)

Ingredients

  • ½ tsp coconut oil
  • 1/8th cup of cashew butter (or a nut butter of your choice)
  • ½ cup dates, deseeded and chopped into pieces
  • 1 cup grated apple (squeezed to remove all the juice)
  • 1/8th tsp all spice powder
  • 1 tsp bee pollen (optional)

“Banana and Chocolate” Energy Balls

Ingredients

  • ½ tsp coconut oil
  • 1/8th cup of cashew butter (or a nut butter of your choice)
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • ½ cup ripe banana, mashed
  • ½ cup dark chocolate (chopped into pieces) or chocolate chips
  • ½ tsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4th tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp bee pollen (optional)
  • Extra desiccated coconut to roll the balls in (optional)

The method for making all the three balls is identical. Mix, Roll, Chill and Pop them into your mouth!

Instructions:

  1. Melt the cashew butter along with the oil. If you don’t have coconut oil you can substitute that with cashew butter or a nut butter of your choice.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes. It will make the process of rolling this mixture into balls much easier and also allow all the flavours to mingle well.
  4. Divide the mixture into equal parts. To get equal portions, I like to use a measuring spoon. One tbsp. for each bite. But feel free to increase or decrease the size.
  5. You can store these balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a week. You can also freeze a batch of these for a month and simply thaw them overnight in the fridge and enjoy.

Happy Snacking!

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