Power balls – guilt free healthy bites

Power balls are an amazing choice for the afternoon snack or after lunch sweet treat. That’s really cool to have a jar of power balls in the fridge and reach for them after lunch instead of dessert or any time you are craving for something sweet. They’re moist, chewy and packed with healthy ingredients like dates, raisins, sunflower seeds and oatmeal.

Power balls are a really great snack for all ages but kids particularly. They are full of fibre, minerals and vitamin. Another reason I love power balls are that they are free of processed sugars, and get all their sweetness from natural sweeteners, in this case from dates and raisins.

Power balls look super cute and are made in a food processor, so, no cooking involved. You can make them with your kids, I’m sure they’ll love them more. Below I’m sharing a basic recipe using dates, raisins, oatmeal, sunflower seeds, cocoa powder and tahini, but you may experiment endlessly with it. You may use other seeds or nuts, such as sesame, walnuts, almond, or add a little bit honey, or replace tahini with other nut butters such as peanut butter or almond butter, you may add spices such as ginger or cinnamon, or vanilla, etc, etc.

Ingredients

  • 15 dates (pits removed and soaked in hot water for 10-15 minutes)
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbs cocoa
  • 2 tbs tahini
  • Cocoa powder , matcha, chokeberry powder, coconut to roll the power balls (optional)

Note : 1 cup – a standard cup of 240 ml

 Directions

  1. Remove dates from the soaking water.
  2. Combine dates, raisins, sunflower seeds and tahini in a food processor and blend well.
  3. Add oatmeal and cocoa and blend again.
  4. Remove the mixture from the food processor and start forming balls in the size of a tablespoon.
  5. Roll in cocoa, coconut, matcha or chokeberry powder if you like.
  6. These power balls keep very well in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  7. They’re perfect for children lunchboxes, hiking or picnics.

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