Give this super snacks a go! They’re packed with loads of good fats and nutrients for an afternoon snack, with a healthy energy boost.
Dairy and Sugar Free
Prep time: 10-20 mins
Cook time: Up to 10 mins
Makes: Approximately 10-12 balls
1/3 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup Bioglan SuperFood Chia Seeds
1/3 cup each of 3 chosen nuts (I have used almonds, cashews and walnuts)
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup pepitas
1/3 cup sesame seeds
1/3 cup poppy seeds
1/3 cup tahini
1/4 cup raw honey or maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil
3 pitted dates
4 tbs water
1 heaped tablespoon cacao nibs
1/4 cup goji berries/dried mulberries/cranberries/raisins (optional)
To make the balls
If you are using activated nuts and seeds, you don’t need to lightly roast them, so skip the first 2 steps.
Set the oven to 180 degrees and roast the nuts, sunflower seeds and pepitas until lightly roasted (about 7-10mins). Check frequently as all ovens are different.
Once lightly roasted remove from the oven and sit for 10mins to cool.
Add all seeds and nuts, cacao nibs, oats, dates and optional berries to a Vitamix or high-speed blender and blitz/pulse for 2 seconds.
Stop and stir mixture and blitz again for 2 seconds. Do this until it is mixed well but still has some lumps for texture.
In a small saucepan, heat the tahini, honey/maple syrup and coconut oil until warm and smooth.
Remove mixture from Vitamix into a mixing bowl and add in water and ingredients from the saucepan.
Mix well until it’s a sticky texture. Add a little more water or coconut oil if necessary.
Roll 1tbs of mixture into a small ball and place on a baking tray. Repeat for entire mixture.
Put the baking tray in the fridge for 30mins-1hr until chilled
Then eat up
I love making these on a Sunday afternoon after I have done my local grocery shop up to have as healthy, sweet treat during the week…especially before a workout.
As an athlete, I was always on the look out for healthy and nutritious snacks that will keep me going and also satisfy me from a taste point of view. Unfortunately when you buy a lot of the pre-packaged products of the shelf, they tend to have lots of hidden sugars, preservative and ingredients you don’t want. The great thing about these super seed balls is that you can have a play with different seeds, nuts, fruits, oats and booster powders to create a snack that you really love personally.
Because they are full of protein and good fats, they are great for a good natural energy boost and are perfect for the afternoon pick me up with a cup of tea or coffee.
You could also make them into some handy bar-size snacks and even freeze them for fantastic muesli bars for the kids and add in some Cacao nibs or carob pieces for a choc-chip version.
My 5 Tips for making the best, healthy snacks for the family:
• Use un-processed ingredients
• Kids like sweet, so add in cacao nibs, sultanas or honey
• I like to use oats as the core of the mixture because its Low GI
• Involve the kids in making them because kids love to feel apart of it and more often that not, want to eat what THEY made.
• Have fun with the shape – you can make the mixture into balls, use cookie cutters, flat lay it and make bars, triangles or soldiers.