It’s the holidays and I don’t know about you but my kids are eating me out of house and home!
Eating habits have relaxed once again and food that is designed to be a treat…biscuits, corn chips, bloody EASTER EGGS…are being demanded on an hourly basis. It feels like I am trapped in a food preparation nightmare when really I should be curled up on the couch reading my book with a cup of tea (well, that’s what I would like to be doing!). And so, in an attempt to banish the sugary biscuits and endless popping of packets, we have been doing a little experimentation..and it seems we have a winner…
Superfood Goji Balls are a great little snack for kids and mums too…they are sweet, chewy, filling and moreish. They are full of super food goodness like oats, maca, cacao and goji berries but without wheat, dairy, egg, nuts or refined sugars. They don’t need to be baked so it is a great snack for the kids to make…that should entertain them for a whole half an hour!
* Just a warning…if you go and buy all the ingredients for these little delights in one go, you may need to re-mortgage your house…I have been stocking up on things like cacao and maca over a couple of weeks. A little goes a long way, so once you have them in your stores, you will find lots of different uses for them and the investment will be totally worthwhile.
The original recipe can be found on The Wellness Warrior but here is how I made them to suit what I had on hand…
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
4 fresh dates, pitted and chopped
1 tsp maca powder
2 tsp cacao powder
1/4 cup maple syrup
1-2 tablespoons of water if needed
1/2 cup goji berries
1. Place 1 cup of oats, dates, maca, cacao and maple syrup in the food processor and whiz. If the mixture doesn’t quite come together, add the water too and whiz again.
2. Transfer mixture to a bowl and add the rest of the oats and the goji berries. Mix well with your hands.
3. Use about a teaspoon of mixture to roll in to firm balls. Dampening your hands first helps.
4. Ready to eat and enjoy…delicious, chocolate-y, tastefull, wholesome and healthy…kids – knock yourselves out!!
Happy Holiday Eating!