When it comes to sweeteners in baking, I am reluctant to use dried fruit. In short, drying fruit concentrates the sugars and whilst natural sugars, it is still fructose and should still be regarded as an absolute treat. I received the best christmas present this year-a dehydrator. If you don’t have one, get one! I have been experimenting flat out with all sorts of fruits, nuts and meats and just for the ease of activating nuts and seeds it has changed my life. I dehydrated some bananas last night as Daz said he loved them as a kid. Into the bliss balls some went this morning and while very high in fructose combined with the dates in the recipe, the dates have a high fibre content, they are easily digestible foods, unrefined and can’t really be demonised when used as a vehicle for all of the healthy omegas and vitamins that come from the nuts and seeds in the recipe too, just don’t let your little one go too crazy on them. The mixture taste reminded me of a combo of cookie dough, sticky date pudding, and banoffee pie. Brydie is coming to visit in the next couple of days and whilst she doesn’t like the flavour of banana in baking, I will be making her try these as I know I will change her mind!
Place all of the following ingredients in the food processor and pulse until at a consistency to roll in to balls:
6x dates (soaked for 15 mins in boiling water), 1/4 cup walnuts (activated), 1/4 cup cashew nuts (activated), 1 dessertspoon chia seeds, 1/2 cup almond meal, equivalent of 1x banana dehydrated in pieces.
Get your little one to participate by helping to roll the mixture in to balls in coconut thread and then refrigerate before eating. (I did think while eating these that a little ground coffee would go so well in these for Mumma bears only mmmmmmm).
xx Aunty Lonnie.