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”. Apple-Date, Carrot-Walnut 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. Here’s the recipe for Apple and Date Energy Balls ~ perfect for this season!
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… specially those little ones who may be fasting during this holy month of Ramadan. Happy Snack-Eating and Ramadan Kareem!
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)
- 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.
- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
- 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.
- 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.
[This story has been written exclusively for FoodeMag dxb. Image and recipe has been provided by author.]