I started looking for healthy alternative snacks in my first pregnancy when I was hungrier and lowering my caffeine intake. I do also have a bit of a sweet tooth so it took a huge amount of effort to come off sugar, especially for morning and afternoon tea (and while pregnant!)
These raw ball recipes taste yum and not 'healthy'. My husband and toddler actually like eating these too so that's a plus, and they often don't last long in our fridge. Raw balls are perfect to freeze so you can make them in big batches and leave in the freezer in zip lock bags ready to pack in lunches or handbags for an on the go top up. They are also full of protein so help to stabilise your blood sugar levels between meals. I like taking a plate of these to friends houses for morning tea, and for birthday parties as some of the cacao ones are quite rich!
Making raw balls in the Thermomix is super easy, I don't do it in steps unless the recipe contains a large number of nuts which I quickly pulse first but otherwise throw everything in together and chop/mix it until you're happy with the consistency. I've found the key to good raw balls is not too dry and not too wet, so I start on the dry side and slowly add small amounts of water or whatever liquid the recipe is using to get the mix right. Usually if you put a handful of the mix in your hand and squeeze it into a ball it will hold without crumbling or making your hands wet and sticky.
I put mine on a baking tray or plate lined with baking paper and then freeze for 15-20mins before putting some in the fridge or bagging up to keep in the freezer. I've found this helps to make them harden up nicely without being frozen through. They seem to stay a nice consistency after this.
Breakfast Protein Balls
From Jessica Sepel's book The Healthy Life
1 Cup organic rolled oats
1/2 Cup LSA or Ground Flaxseed
1/4 Cup Chia Seeds
1/4 Cup Raw nuts of your choice
1/2 Cup Dried cranberries
2-3 Fresh dates, pitted
1/2 Cup Almond or Coconut Butter
2 Tbsp Virgin Organic Coconut Oil, melted
1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Raw Honey (I use maple syrup)
1/4 Cup Desiccated coconut + extra to sprinkle on top
1/3 Cup Filtered Water
1. Place all ingredients into TM bowl except the water and blend 10-15 sec/speed 5.
2. Check the consistency, if they need water, add a little bit and blend for 5 sec/speed 5.
3. Roll into balls of desired size (I make ours quite large so they're a decent snack) and roll them through the remaining desiccated coconut.
4. Place on a plate lined with baking paper and freeze for 15-20 mins before bagging up to freeze, serving to eat or placing in an airtight container in the fridge for later.
Choc Mint Bliss Balls
2 1/2 Cups Cashews*
10 Medjool dates, pitted
2 Tbsp Cacao
1/2 Tsp Vanilla extract
1 Cup desiccated coconut
2 Tbsp Maple Syrup (or honey)
2 Tbsp Coconut cream
1 Tsp Pepperment extract (I use my Doterra Peppermint Oil)
* You can use other nuts if you don't have cashews, however cashews give them a very creamy texture which is delicious with the chop mint flavours. I have made them with almonds before and they turned out just as nice.
1. Place nuts into TM Bowl and grind 5 sec/speed 6.
2. Place all other ingredients into TM Bowl and blend 10-15 sec/speed 5.
3. Check consistency, if you're happy with it take it out if not, blend for a few more seconds at speed 5.
4. Roll into balls and place on plate lined with baking paper in the freezer for 15 mins to harden up. Take out of freezer and serve, or put in an airtight container in the fridge for later use.