As winter closes in, we find ourselves indoors more often, thinking of comforting memories that revolve around feel-good foods. It is therefore only natural that making desserts with children is a popular pastime at this time of year.
It drives me a little crazy when people think my kids miss out as I don’t buy chemical-laden biscuits, cakes and ice-creams. I make all of the above for them, ones that taste and feel better than their DNA-changing counterparts, and this is one of those recipes.
It’s not all celery and hummus in a healthy diet Even though this recipe contain mineral-rich green powder, the balls do not taste and are not green, but look a delicious chocolate-y colour.
These snowballs are also a great source of protein, iron, calcium and energy!
These snowballs are quite sweet. If you like you can exchange some of the coconut, dates or raisins, for more nuts and roll in sesame seeds rather than desiccated coconut.
You will need:
- Food processor
- A tub or bowl for rolling the balls in
- 1 cup of medjool dates, pitted
- 1/4 cup raisins (can use dried cherries, goji berries or any other dried fruit)
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar
- 2 tbsps raw almond butter (can use tahini or any other nut butter)
- 2 tbsps organic virgin sesame oil (or coconut oil if melted)
- 1/2 cup sesame seeds
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 tbsps hemp protein powder
- 2 tbsps green powder (I love and use one by kiki)
- Desiccated coconut, 1 tablespoon for the mixture, 2-3 tbsps for coating (or can use sesame seeds)
- 1/2 to 1 tsp of Himalayan pink salt (according to taste)
- 1 tsp vanilla essence (optional)
- Grind up the nuts and seeds into almost a flour.
- Add all the other ingredients, EXCEPT the desiccated coconut for rolling the balls in to coat
- Pulse and mix the ingredients, you may need to scrape down the sides
- If the mix is too wet, add some more powders/ sesame seeds/ coconut.
- If too dry, add some more pitted dates or agave, until mix is a doughy consistency
- Roll the mixture into balls in between your palms
- Roll the ball in the coconut shreds until it resembles a snowball
- Pop one in your mouth, adjust ingredients to taste if necessary, and enjoy!