Guilt-free treats - Healthy date and raisin balls

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When suffering fatigue, tiredness and maybe those mid-winter blues, we need to pacify our sugar cravings.

Made from dates, raisins, nuts and seeds all containing beneficial fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals that not only tick many nutritional benefits for a variety of menopause symptoms, they satisfy your sweet tooth too.

A guaranteed winner, you’ll make a batch and they’ll secretly disappear from the tub!

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Serves:          makes about 20 balls

Prep time:     5 minutes

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ingredients

  • 150 g Medjool dates stones removed

  • 100 g seedless raisins

  • 50 g whole almonds

  • 50 g pecan nuts (see optional ingredients)

  • 25 g desiccated coconut plus 2 tbsp for coating

  • 1 tbsp sunflower seeds

  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds

  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

Optional ingredients:

The following could substitute any of the above for alternative flavours.

  • 50g Porridge oats

  • 50g Walnuts or cashews

  • 1 tbsp milled linseed

  • 2 tsp maca powder

  • 2 tsp cacao powder

Method

  1. Blitz the almonds, pecans, pumpkin and sesame seeds in a food processor until they are crushed, not too fine, it’s nice to have a little crunch.

  2. Add the desiccated coconut and chia seeds and give them another blast.

  3. Add the dates and raisins and keep pulsing until the mixture begins to combine to form a ball. If it doesn’t bind, then keep adding a few raisins until it does.

  4. Take little clumps and roll them in your hands to form small bite size balls. Pop them in an airtight container or zip-lock bag and sprinkle over the remaining 2 tbsp of desiccated coconut. Pop the lid on and roll them about until they are covered in coconut. 

They’ll last up to 2 weeks in a cool dry place, try not to eat them all at once!

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