Having decided to give sugar and additive ridden snack bars a big kick in the pants, I set about making a healthy snack that would bring a little natural sweetness to the taste buds but which packs a punch of super nutrition to support vibrant health.
Nobody wants to pollute their body with unnecessary chemicals and sugar can be so draining to the body, spiking blood sugar levels, making demands on the liver for the hormone insulin and draining the brain by leaching out the B group of vitamins as it is metabolized. This recipe only promotes health in the body with slow released sweetness being extracted from the fibre of the dates and pineapple and ground flax and chia seeds supporting the brain with a big dose of omega 3 fatty acids. Walnuts and pecans provide more fibre, and a good dollop of protein coupled with skin-friendly vitamin E.
The zesty pineapple flavour of these snack balls is accentuated by the addition of lemon and lime juice which binds the ingredients together. This is another recipe to whip up in the food processor and I like to refrigerate this nutritional nugget or even store them in the freezer so that they hit the lunchbox as a an edible ice-pack. Perfect as a post-workout snack and fantastic nutrition for women, when it comes to reluctant kids I would just create a new world order and announce that this snack ball is what you are getting when you are expecting a fruit roll-up!
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1/2 cup chopped dried pineapple rings
- 2/3 cup sunflower seeds
- 2/3 cup mixed walnuts and pecans
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- 1/3 cup ground flax seed
- 1/3 cup shredded coconut
- 2-4 tbsp lemon and lime juice
- Additional coconut for rolling the balls
- Put all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until mixture comes together.
- Add more lemon and lime juice if needed.
- Transfer to a mixing bowl and form into balls by hand.
- Roll each ball in coconut and place onto a baking tray.
- Freeze or refrigerate snack balls.
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