I know, I know …… it is way too early to be thinking about Christmas!! Themselves however have had other ideas and they are super excited about it. They have even been buying each other presents and because of their excitement they have also been giving them to each other already. Clearly they are confident that there will be a supply of gifts coming on the actual day from us and others :).
All their chatter about December has started me thinking ahead though and what we are actually going to do this year which is a bit overwhelming, in the middle of work, at times. Thankfully in between all the Christmas talk they have been busy growing seedlings and getting their own garden plots ready. Today they got the frames all built with the help of himself, and began transplanting everything in. It has been great to see how eager they are to grow and care for their little seedlings and how excited they are to have their own gardens. Long may it last and fingers crossed that we have some delicious fresh, garden grown peas, beetroot, lettuces and carrots for our dinners soon.
Anyway …. with another week of Infant Massage to make snacks for and themselves chatter about Christmas kai I thought I would do a bit of a twist to my usual Snacker Ball recipe (click here to see that one). As regular supermarket cherries aren’t actually vegan due to the colouring in them I have opted for cranberries to give it a ‘cheery, red’ look. However you could always swap them out for cherries or other fruit and even add a bit of almond essence for a more ‘christmassy’ taste. It is one of those recipes that you can play around with easily to get it just how you and yours love it. So without further ado ….. here it is 🙂
- 1 Cup dried dates
- 1 Cup cranberries (or other dried fruit)
- 1 Cup boiling water
- 2 Cups desiccated Coconut
- 3 Tablespoons black chia seeds
- 2 Tablespoon psyllium husks
- 100gms dark chocolate (broken up into small pieces)
-Soak the dates, chia seeds and cranberries in the water for 10-15 mins and then mash into a smooth paste – of course if you have a blender this is easier 🙂
-Stir in the other ingredients and mix until fully blended
-Shape the mixture into small balls (makes around 50 with this recipe) and put into a container.
-Refrigerate and enjoy
Hope this finds you all calm and without any Christmas stress mounting.