Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sweet treats - Goodie balls

Monday saw me visiting the organic supermarket to buy some supplies of flour, rapadura sugar, lentils etc. Whilst there I decided a sweet healthy treat was in order and found some 'goodie balls'. These are made with dried fruit, seeds, nuts, no added sugar, and no cooking involved, just what I'm looking for. I've eaten these before and loved them but at $44.00 a kilo they are a tad on the expensive side. Tony loved the sweet treat and of course put in a request for me to make some.

After a bit of searching on the good old net I found this yummy recipe at Community Foods in Cairns.

Goody Balls
1 cup raisins or sultanas
1 cup of dates or figs
1 cup of almonds
half cup pepitas
half cup sunflower seeds
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tablespoons tahini
freshly squeezed juice of 1 orange
water (if extra liquid is needed)
honey to taste (if you have a sweet tooth)
dessicated coconut or sesame seeds

Combine all fruit, nuts, seeds tahini and vanilla essence in a food processor, adding enough orange juice to bind (not too much liquid). I think it would be easier if you blitzed the nuts first to a smaller size, then add the rest of the ingredients.
Once mixed to a thick paste, using wet hands roll into balls (I made mine walnut size), then toss in coconut or sesame seeds. Chills before eating and store in the fridge.

Today I used what was on hand sultanas, dates, two tablespoons of chia seeds and all sunflower seeds.

Next time I'll use figs, raisins and cashews or walnuts, the options are endless. They would be great for Christmas if you were looking for a sweet healthy treat

Sorry no pictures of my creations today, I'm having problems down loading photos from my camera.

Hope you have a lovely day

1 comment:

Rose said...

Mmmm, I think this will be excellent for next week's morning teas. Thanks!