Do you find it challenging to limit ‘treats’ to special occasions? With three children, one being an eternally hungry three year old boy, I know I do. How about some no bake protein balls for kids. By Kristin Cosgrove from Mamacino
A treat is a treat, we get that. However, it can be so difficult to guide our kids away from the overly processed, sugar laden treats and snacks that seem to haunt us in every shop, supermarket or cafe we visit.
These Everyday’s a Party balls are a great portable treat that you can make in no time and have on hand for when you need them. They are party on the outside and goodness on the inside, and are a nourishing and delicious lunch box addition (and they’re not too bad with a cup of tea after everyone else is tucked up in bed).
You will need a Thermomix or food processor to make these yummy no-bake treats.
Makes approx. 10-12 Balls
1 cup of nuts (hazelnuts, almonds, cashews, walnuts – or a mixture) roughly chopped
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup medjool dates, pitted and chopped
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons carob powder or raw cacao powder
Juice of 1/2 an orange
Naturally coloured sprinkles or extra desiccated coconut to roll in.
* to make these balls nut-free substitute the nuts for 1/2 cup of oats and a further 1/2 cup of seeds or for gluten free, use all seeds (a combination of pepitas, sesame, chia, sunflower)
** Note honey should not be given to children under 1 year old
Add all of the ingredients (except the sprinkles or extra coconut) to your Thermomix or food processor and process until well combined and beginning to come together in a ball. The mixture should stick together when pressed with your fingers.
Roll tablespoons of mixture into balls (use damp hands for this), roll in the sprinkles or coconut and store in the fridge for up to a week or the freezer for a month.
Kristin Cosgrove is a whole food baker, blogger, educator and mum of three. She is a real food devotee and owns a small business, Mamacino Homemade, making whole food treats and snacks for those without the time (or inclination) to do so themselves. You can find Kristin at her blog or on Facebook.