Forget the marketing on packets of biscuits which say ‘Perfect For Lunchboxes’ because they really aren’t. These packets are usually loaded with sugar, additives and preservatives and are usually empty carbohydrates – high energy, low nutrient foods. Now these Chocolate Protein Bombs really are Perfect For Lunchboxes. They’re naturally sweet from the dates and are packed with protein from the seeds, so they will offer longer lasting energy.
10 medjool dates
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup pepitas
1 tbsp chia seeds
½ cup coconut flakes
½ cup oats
2-3 tbsp cacao powder*
2-3 drops peppermint oil or flavour (optional)
Desiccated coconut (to roll balls in)
*My family like 85-90% dark chocolate so I used 3 overflowing tbsp of cacao. Adjust the amount to suit your family or use carob powder if you’re making these for little ones to enjoy too.
1. Soak dates in warm water for 5 minutes
2. Drain dates, then throw into a food processor or Thermomix
3. Put the rest of the ingredients in the food processor or Thermomix
4. Blitz until the mixture comes together – blitz until you get the consistency you want (I still leave mine a little chunky because the kids don’t mind the texture of the seeds but if your children prefer not to have lumps, just blitz for longer)
5. Roll into balls – I make mine smaller than the store-bought bliss balls because they are easier to pack into the lunchbox (I just pack 2 instead of 1 big one)
6. Place desiccated coconut onto a plate. Now roll the ball in the coconut. Give it a little shake to get rid of any excess coconut.
Freezing / Storage
These are best stored in the fridge, then pack directly into the lunchbox – too easy. I haven’t tested freezing these yet but it’s not really necessary, they will last a month in the fridge anyway.
Another 2 Ways
Jaffa Balls: Replace the peppermint oil with orange – you could add a tablespoon of orange juice and some zest or use 2 drops of food grade orange oil.
Choco-Nana Balls: Replace the peppermint oil with half a dried banana popped int the food processor and a good pinch of cinnamon.
These bombs are a great way to get your kids involved in making their snacks. Why not have them whip up a batch on the weekend to pop into school lunchboxes throughout the week?
Find more healthy, wholefood, kid-friendly recipes on Bel’s website, The Root Cause.
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