This is a recipe invented together with my 6 year old son who is a fan of raw desserts. He does “sharing” at school each week and told me that this week’s topic is “Junior Masterchef” and so they each have to bring in some food they made to share and discuss with the class. We made them together and of course his little sister “Me-too” (Ms 4) wanted to help so she got to do the rolling in coconut part. Mr 6 thanked everyone for their team work once we had finished (cute!).
Being at the school, nuts are out, sesame and other seeds are generally a no-no, and dairy and egg allergies are common so those are also best avoided. Gluten can also be a problem. Just as well most things mum makes are adaptable at least to accommodate all these guidelines.
Jonah said he wants to win so these have to be the best looking, tastiest things around but he also told me that he wanted them to be healthy and not full of sugar (Yay!!!).
This is what we came up with. He named them “home made bliss balls” and when I asked him why, he told me that some people buy them at the shops. (OK, not generally us though!).
(made about 60 small balls)
3.5 cups desiccated coconut (plus a little extra to coat the balls when they have been rolled)
0.5 cup buckwheat groats (toasted if you can be bothered….I didn’t bother)
1/3 cup dried dates soaked in boiling water to cover (while you start the rest of the recipe off should be enough)
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 heaped tablespoons cocoa
Put coconut and buckwheat into food processor and blend until sticky crumbs are formed.
Add all other ingredients and blend until a ball of smooth dough is formed.
Roll heaped teaspoons full of dough into balls (about 1.5 cm diameter) using your palms.
Roll balls in coconut and then put into a sealed container in the fridge or freezer.
They look very cute covered in coconut and not at all like ….. well you know how 6 year olds think…..which he was scared of. And they taste great! It is a shame that 50 of them will be going to school as I think we would enjoy them at home…..oh well I guess we can make more some time!