Bliss/jaffa balls


These are so easy to make, and very versatile so you can use whatever you have to hand. They are a great food activity for kids as they are hands on and dont require any heating.  Plus they are packed with calcium, magnesium, minerals, iron and essential fats. They also provide a healthy sweet alternative.

A batch will make around 10-12 depending on the size you choose to make them.

Ingredients
1/2 cup almonds (or almond meal if you dont have a blender to grind them down)
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup tahini
10 dates
Handful of raisins/sultanas
Zest of 1 orange
2 tspns raw cacao powder
Splash of water
Desiccated coconut for rolling the balls in at the end.

Directions
Put the nuts & seeds through the blender to mix to a coarse grain (if you don’t have a blender you could also use a sugar/salt free nut butter here). Do the same with the dried fruit (or chop finely).
Put everything together in a large bowl and mix with the hands.
Add the water to get a sticky consistency and form into balls.

Variations – use goji berries, figs, different nuts or seeds (or nut butter/paste), leave out the orange, add greens powder (antioxidant and cleansing) or pea protein powder, add molasses (sweetening and iron source), add coconut flakes (essential fats). Many options!