Healthy Kids Snacks = raw cacao balls
10 Nov, 2014
My father loved chocolate and introduced me to dark and minty varieties at an early age. It was our special treat and something I still recall with joy now. From a young age, I got my son involved in the kitchen. I wanted to pass on my love of food and help him to have a healthy relationship with food and find the joy in cooking. We’ve made these cacao balls zillions of times and it never gets boring. Its always tasty and we both have a great sense of achievement afterwards. He always puts them proudly in his snack box.
Best Cacao Balls ever recipe
¼ – ½ Cup raw cashews / almonds – chopped (almond meal is also a good and easy replacement)
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract or the seeds of about ½ pod
Handful of dates (chopped finely and soaked in water for about half an hour – discard water when adding to mix)
2-4 tablespoons raw cacao powder ( I grind cacao beans)
2 tablespoons of organic cold pressed coconut oil (if the weather is cold, you will have to warm this to make it liquid. To do this place in a bowl and sit over a saucepan with a little bit of simmering water – it melts very quickly) Add a bit more if you think there is not enough liquid
Mix all the ingredients together.You can blend it all together for a smooth consistency. I just mix it so the balls are chunky. Roll small amounts in your hands to make a ball.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge. (When the balls chill they will become more firm)
There are so many variations to this recipe.
Goji berries, chopped-up dried apricots, spirulina powder, soya milk if you like a more mild flavour. We like to roll them in a mix of ingredients; some cocoa powder or sesame seeds, coconut or plain raw!
Experiment with things you like and different amounts of the ingredients to make some yummy and healthy treats!
Hope you all enjoy these and if you’re interested in a healthy holiday with the family, please do get in touch.
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