Thursday, February 6, 2014

Nut Free Bliss Balls

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I love me a bit of pinterest, but I try to restrain myself to pinning just the things I am actually going to try making, treating it as a bit of a to do list.

 Before school started back I went on a search for some new ideas for lunches and snacks. We buy very very little packaged foods, so I make most of their snacks and throw in some fruit and chopped vegetable sticks or cheese and biscuits each day.

I am very grateful we have three easy eaters... they are willing to try anything and most things are gobbled up, so I like to try new recipes for them. Trying to find healthy snacks, I am amazed just how many lovely recipes include nuts, a big no-no at our school and from talking to most other friends it is the same at most schools now, yet most "healthy" recipes have nuts in them...

I have made the kids (many many times) date and coconut balls, easy peasy, but after something different I came across a recipe for Nut Free Bliss Balls, full of dried fruit which the kids LOVE. I modified the recipe a bit, here is my version
Nut Free Bliss Balls

150g pitted dates
100g dried apricots
50g prunes
50g dessicated coconut
50g rolled oats
1 tablespoon tahini
2 teaspoons cacao nibs

Place everything in a food processor with a blade attachment and process until everything is chopped up. The mix will still feel a bit dry but it comes together as you shape it into balls. You can make the balls however big or small you like, and they can be rolled in a little bit of extra coconut if wanted.