We are now a week into the summer holidays, and if your kids are like mine, then they seem to be constantly hungry and asking for food every waking hour.
I have been racking up my hours on pinterest ( a real chore I know) looking for some healthier options for my little lovelies to munch on. I always have available, the usual veg sticks & humus, fruit and crackers – yep I’m that mum – but they obv crave all the sugar, all of the time, and I’m sick to death of hearing about it. So started my search, I wanted something more fun that satisfies both their need for something sweet and my desire to not have to peel their crazy sugar hyped arses off of the walls.
One of the sites I came across was http://www.mykidslickthebowl.com . Stacey Kemeys, is the very well qualified Mumma from New Zealand behind this amazing website, definitely check her out if you have kiddies of any age. So the first recipe I will be trying is her strawberry breakfast balls… I will be subbing the strawbs for blueberries & blackberries, just because that’s what I currently have in my freezer.
These are vegan, gluten-free & nut free.
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 cup oats
- 1\2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1\2 cup coconut flour
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- desiccated coconut
Place the strawberries ( or other berries in my case ), oats, sunflower seeds & coconut flour into the food processor with 1 tbsp of the coconut oil and blitz.
Stacey says to be patient, and allow a few minutes for the mix to turn to a paste and then form a ball.
If the mix looks too dry, then add the rest of the coconut oil.
Using a tea-spoon, scoop out the mix and roll into balls.
Roll the balls in the desiccated coconut.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
These balls are not very sweet ‘says Stacey’ so you may want to add a table-spoon or two of honey or maple syrup – but she reminds you not to use honey for children under 1 yr old.
These are definitely no substitute for something as sweet as chocolate, but as we are trying to reduce our refined sugar intake, they are a good start. They do taste really yummy, and even though I added some honey, they were still a little tart, which I quite liked.
My food processor isn’t massively powerful, so the mix was a little chunkier than I wanted and a bit crumbly so needed a little squishing, hence the purple hands..
I will be trying out a few more fun and healthy kids recipes over the hols and I aim to share my faves on here, so check back and take a look if you fancy that.
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoy this recipe.