Thursday, August 22, 2013

Date 'Toffee' Puff Balls

Sweet healthy snacks are on the menu today! I made these to make a boring research meeting more enjoyable. My colleague's kids had to come along (school holidays) and I thought a little something sweet (but healthy) would help make a child's nightmare more bearable. Both kids loved them and kept sneaking their hands back in the tin for more throughout the meeting (phewf!) Thankfully they were a hit with the adults too so I know you guys will just love them too.

These beautiful balls are two bites of bliss. The vanilla flavour is strongest but it works with the lemon to freshen it up and compliment the ooey-gooey date 'toffee'. The walnut butter in the 'toffee' adds body and texture (and filling protein and good fats) and the quinoa puffs lighten the combination so it's not an overly sickly sweet indulgence. 

They are surprisingly light so you can eat more than you'd think (I do believe I spied the gorgeous boys downing 3 each!) There's not a lot that makes me happier than seeing people enjoy my food so please do give this one a try.

Date 'Toffee' Puff Balls

Makes 32 balls
30 medjool dates
1.5 cups walnut butter (raw, no oil, If you don't have any just chuck some walnuts in the blender until they form a smooth paste. Alternatively you could use almond butter, cashew butter, brazil nut butter etc. Almost anything except peanut butter as the flavours would clash)
2 tbsp vanilla extract
Lemon Rind from 1 small lemon
1/8 tsp salt (optional)
2 cups Puffed Quinoa + 1 cup Puffed Quinoa to roll in (you can use any puffed grain you desire, rice or millet would be good choices- If you want to keep this raw why not use soaked and drained quinoa or sprouted grains instead!)
  • Pit dates
  • Zest lemon
  • Combine dates, vanilla extract, salt and lemon zest in food processor
  • Process date mixture until everything is combined in a smooth paste (this may take some stopping and scraping down the sides to ensure it's even)
  • Add walnut butter and process until the mixture releases some natural oil (depending on your walnut butter this may take a few minutes)
  • When you have a smooth, shiny, even mixture transfer to a large mixing bowl
  • Add 2 cups of puffed quinoa and stir to combine, cutting into the mixture to ensure even distribution
  • Roll mixture into tablespoon sized portions (larger or smaller if you like but this give two nice bites)
  • Roll balls into additional puffed quinoa and roll again between your hands to secure them
  • Enjoy!
Find some friends to share these gorgeous morsels with... or keep them all for yourself, either way enjoy them. Don't you just love the look of the sticky date 'toffee' insides... 

It's times like these I really wish dates didn't upset my tummy! Still, cooking for others is wonderful fun too.

Submitted to Raw Food Thursdays

and Healthy Vegan Fridays
Love & Smiles,

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