The sun is still shining here and for the end of May the days are surprisingly warm …. especially in our little sun trap. So with the temperature outside being balmy for this time of year and the temperature inside being hot, due to babies needing to be fully undressed for massage, I thought that a cooler treat would be ideal last week.
These super easy treats came about, as many things do, through my resistance to pay for something that I was sure I could make at home. That ‘give it a go’ mentally is definitely a kiwi trait I think, definitely a very strong trait of mine anyway, and combine that with a bit of frugal living and … well … you end up trying to create at home (making 45 of them) what would cost you $9 in the supermarket for just 10 balls. Back then I named these little treats Snackerballs, after themselves telling me that they weren’t ‘Frooze balls’ ….. then low and behold a year or two later I see that ‘Snackaballs’ appeared on the shelves. Obviously onto a good thing with the name back then, shame I didn’t trademark it 🙂
These are another ‘one pot wonder’ which you can whip up quickly and easily, adjusting them to your taste-buds pretty easily. I just store them in the fridge so they can be made whenever and last for ages … if they aren’t gobbled up before that. Over the years of making these we have tried lots of variations; adding different things like cranberries at Christmas, grated chocolate, nuts, seeds, carob and recently ground LSA (Linseed, Sunflower seeds and Almonds). We found Healtheries LSA Superfruits , which is super yum, a while ago when making some apple crumble and I have to say that adding this did give the snackerballs a bit more firmness which I quite liked. Though it does have a bit of sugar added to it (in the blueberries for some reason) which some of you may what to avoid.
Anyway here is the basic recipe I worked out and then the only limit is your imagination!
- 1 Cup dried dates
- 1 Cup boiling water
- 2 Cups desiccated Coconut
- 3 Tablespoons black chia seeds
- 1 Tablespoon psyllium husks
- 1 Tablespoon ground LSA (optional)
-Soak the dates 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 45 with this recipe) and put into a container.
-Refrigerate and enjoy
Hope this finds you all enjoying tasty treats with your loved ones.