I love these Easy Chocolate Cashew Balls for so many reasons, I hope you do to!
It is party season for my kids and they are eating lollies and treats all the time, it doesn’t really sit well with me as there is absolutely no nutritional value to lollies and other party foods but I feel like a complete Grinch saying no all the time and it goes against my overall goal of being a Fun Mum. So rather than saying no to lollies and chocolates I am trying to teach my kids that healthy foods are yummy and treats can be healthy foods.
So my Chocolate Cashew Balls were created with being a Fun Mum I mind. My kids love these balls and I love them because they contain good ingredients to fuel their little bodies for all of their action packed playing and growing. I love having these in the fridge for the kids to be able to eat when they’re feeling hungry rather than going go eat some sort of unhealthy snack. They’re also good for an on the go snack at the park just so they don’t nag you to buy them some Banana Bread from a café.
When I first started making them my eldest son the fussiest of the family loved them so much (I think because the word chocolate is mentioned) that he though that they were lollies. But we talked about healthy food being yummy and something in him clicked and it was awesome to see him explain to his younger brother about healthy yum food.
In our house we talk about sometimes foods and always foods as I think it is important for kids to understand the benefits of health as they grow up. I would love to hear how you teach your kids about healthy foods.
Some of the nerdy goodness in these Chocolate Cashew Balls are copper, magnesium, good fats, dietary fibre. (source http://www.whfoods.org)
100g raw cashews
30g desiccated coconut
1 tbsp. vanilla bean paste
1 tbsp. chia seeds
100g Medjool dates (pits removed)
10g Cacao powder
1 tbsp. of coconut oil
pinch of salt
- Add the cashews to your mixing bowl use a high speed until you have a powdery mix .
- Add the other ingredients and blend until you have a completely combines all of the ingredients.
- Roll into balls using about a teaspoon of the mixture and roll in desiccated coconut to stop the balls sticking to each other.
- Place in the fridge for a few hours or until the balls are hard.
MAKES ABOUT 30 BALLS