I love these easy to make snacks. I use them as a great excuse to feed my children flaxseed and coconut oil in an acceptable (or more importantly unrecognisable) form. Needless to say most of you probably know the benefits of flaxseed as a good source of omega 3, coconut oil is a good fat as well as being antibacterial. I like to use dried apricots because they are so high in Vitamin A and brazil nuts because they are one of the best plant sources of selenium.
The key to these groovy little balls is to use roughly half nut/seed to half dried fruit in your recipe. So you can choose your favourites or use up whatever is in the cupboard and reaching its best before date. I use an American cup measure for ease or 100 grams. The ones above were
1 cup dried apricots ( no sulphites) & 1 cup dried blueberries
1 cup brazil nuts & 1 cup whole almonds & half cup ground flax seeds
Put all the ingredients in the food processor and add a tablespoon of coconut oil. Whizz it up and then once it has all blended roll it into little balls in your hands and roll the balls in desiccated coconut or chia seeds (less popular in this house!) and ta dah! perfect little balls to gobble after school or on the run. Easy to transport and will keep in the fridge or an airtight container for at least a week – but they probably won’t last that long.
Other combinations are sour cherries, apricots, macadamia nuts & brazil nuts or dates, apricots, dessicated coconut, pumpkin seeds and almonds.
Yummy and good for you. Amazeballs!
p.s. 3 at one time is the max anyone should enjoy – they are still a dense portion of dried fruit which is very high in sugar and dried apricots are natural laxatives. You have been warned!