Energy Balls ~ Mix, chill and roll, that is how we snack-eat!

By Prachi Grover“Don’t eat those biscuits now or you will spoil your appetite!” Raise your hands if you grew up listening to this or find yourself saying the same to your little ones. Snacks – I struggle with them the most, you know those in-between meal times when children are hungry and dinner and lunch is still a few hours away.

These are the times that they need to nibble on something small, energy packed, healthy and filling. Also, they want them real fast. Snack time is a great opportunity to help kids to try out new foods and new flavours, specially if you involve them to prepare. My chefling Sara loves making what she calls ‘cake balls”.  Carrot-Walnut, Apple-Date and Banana-Chocolate are three of her favourite flavours. The upside? She gets to eat these desserts whenever she wants and mum doesn’t seem to mind – and that sort of makes me the coolest mum ever!

I love the fact that these tiny balls of goodness are not only a powerhouse of flavor and nutrition but also keep her little belly from rumbling until dinner time. She loves to measure, mix and shape, and the fact that she can make them independently as they don’t involve any ‘cooking’, she will find any excuse to make them eat them. And that works perfectly for me!

Try these energy balls once and I can assure you your children will reach out for these instead of that packet of chips or a store bought bar when hunger pang strikes… specially those little ones who may be fasting during this holy month of Ramadan. Happy Snack-Eating and Ramadan Kareem!

Carrot and Walnut Energy Balls

Carrot and Walnut


Carrot and Walnut


Banana & Chocolate Energy Balls

Banana & Chocolate

Carrot and Walnut Energy Balls


Apple & Date

Makes 8-10 balls (depending on your preferred size)

You will need 

  • ½ tsp coconut oil
  • 1/8 cup of cashew butter (or a nut butter of your choice)
  • ½ cup dates, deseeded and chopped into pieces
  • 1 cup grated apple (squeezed to remove all the juice)
  • 1/8th tsp all spice powder
  • 1 tsp bee pollen (optional)

Method

  1. Melt the cashew butter along with the oil. If you don’t have coconut oil you can substitute that with cashew butter or a nut butter of your choice.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes. It will make the process of rolling this mixture into balls much easier and also allow all the flavours to mingle well.
  4. Divide the mixture into equal parts. To get equal portions, I like to use a measuring spoon. One tablespoon for each bite. Feel free to increase or decrease the size.

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Banana & Chocolate Energy Balls


Banana & Chocolate Energy Ball

Makes 8-10 balls (depending on your preferred size)

You will need 

  • ½ tsp coconut oil
  • 1/8 cup of cashew butter (or a nut butter of your choice)
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • ½ cup ripe banana, mashed
  • ½ cup dark chocolate (chopped into pieces) or chocolate chips
  • ½ tsp cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp bee pollen (optional)
  • Extra desiccated coconut to roll the balls in (optional)

Method

  1. Melt the cashew butter along with the oil. If you don’t have coconut oil you can substitute that with cashew butter or a nut butter of your choice.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes. It will make the process of rolling this mixture into balls much easier and also allow all the flavours to mingle well.
  4. Divide the mixture into equal parts. To get equal portions, I like to use a measuring spoon. One tablespoon for each bite. Feel free to increase or decrease the size.

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Carrot & Walnut Energy Ball

Makes 8-10 balls (depending on your preferred size)

You will need

  • ½ tsp coconut oil
  • 1/8 cup of cashew butter (or a nut butter of your choice)
  • 1/8 cup of honey
  • ¼ cup of old fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup grated carrots (squeezed to remove all the juice)
  • ¼ cup walnuts (broken into little pieces)
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp bee pollen (optional)
  • Extra oats to roll the balls in (optional)

Method

  1. Melt the cashew butter along with the oil. If you don’t have coconut oil you can substitute that with cashew butter or a nut butter of your choice.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes. It will make the process of rolling this mixture into balls much easier and also allow all the flavours to mingle well.
  4. Divide the mixture into equal parts. To get equal portions, I like to use a measuring spoon. One tablespoon for each bite. Feel free to increase or decrease the size.

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The method for making all the three balls is identical. Mix, Roll, Chill and Pop them into your mouth!

You can store these balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a week. You can also freeze a batch of these for a month and simply thaw them overnight in the fridge and enjoy.


[This story has been written exclusively for FoodeMag dxb. All images provided by author]
[This story has been written exclusively for FoodeMag dxb. All images provided by author]

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