Looking for a lovely homemade gift to give to the Teacher, Postman, Neighbour, Hairdresser, Babysitter… .and anyone else on your list?
Why not make up a super simple batch of delicious raw treat balls, wrap them up in a little cellophane and top with a lovely Christmas bow? Not only do they look gorgeous, these little treats taste even better than they look and come with a whole lot of nutritional goodness in every bite. Most, if not all of the ingredients, are available from the Co-op!
These treats are so simple to make you can get the kids involved so they can really share wholeheartedly in the gift of giving this festive season.
Chrissie Choc Mint Balls
Gluten Free / Vegan
1 cup almonds (or almond meal)
1 cup medjool dates (soak for 5 mins to soften)
1/3 cup cacao powder
1/3 cup desiccated coconut, plus extra for rolling (about 1/3 cup)
1 tbsp of each – chia seeds, pepita seeds and sunflower seeds
1 tsp vanilla extract
4-5 drops of peppermint essential oil (food grade)
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tbsp spirulina (optional) for rolling
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blitz until well combined.
In a small bowl combine spirulina with extra desiccated coconut for the coating.
Roll mixture into 12 bite sized balls and then coat with the coconut mix. Place in the freezer to set. These balls are best kept chilled.
Gluten Free / Vegan / Nut free
1 cup shredded coconut
3/4 cup fine desiccated coconut
2 tsp melted coconut oil
1 tbsp maple syrup (more if you prefer sweeter)
2 tbsp coconut milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinamon
pinch of salt
Combine all ingredients (except the 3/4 cup of fine desiccated coconut) in a food processor and blitz until combined. The mixture will be super moist, but don’t worry it will firm up in the freezer. Roll mixture into balls (this is messy) and then coat in fine coconut.
Place in the freezer to set. Best kept chilled.
Stephanie Meades is a Holistic Health Coach at Life Wellness Co. Pty Ltd. For more wholefood inspired recipes, visit www.lifewellnessco.com.