What You'll Need
250g bag of dates ( 1 1/2 cups )
250mls orange juice ( 1 cup )
200g oats ( 2 cups )
70g sunflower seeds ( 1/2 cup )
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp honey
3 tbsp cocoa
1/2 tsp orange blossom essence / orange zest
Weighing scales / measuring cups
How to Do It
Let's Get Rolling!
- 1Soak the oats and dates in orange juice.
- 2Blitz the sunflower seeds to a fine crumb.
- 3Add all the ingredients to the food processor and blitz.
- 4Transfer to a bowl and chill for an hour.
- 5Scoop out about a teaspoonful and using cold wet hands roll them into balls.
- 6Dip in melted dark chocolate and roll in chocolate sprinkles. ( you can just roll in sprinkles )
- 7Stick in the eyes and the liquorice strands as legs.
Trust me – these are the ONLY power balls for children.
The reasons why :
- A lot of varieties made with oats are really too dry for kids, so by soaking them in the orange juice it makes them easier to digest and they have a much better texture and mouth-feel that kids enjoy.
- These are made with cacao powder instead of cocoa – honestly either is fine !
- To explain the difference:
In cacao production, beans are harvested and fermented to enhance the flavour. They are then crushed and chopped to make cacao nibs. The next step is to then produce a cacao paste. This is then filtered to remove the cacao butter, and the remaining product is dried and used to produce cacao powder.
All processing of the product remains under 47 degrees celsius so it can be labelled as raw. Using lower temperatures minimises the loss of nutrients and antioxidants.
- For the non – Halloween version just omit the eyes and legs and roll them in coconut.
- Pop them in freezer bags and take them out as you need them each morning for the lunch boxes.