I have quite a few fruit and nut ball recipes on the blog. They are a great snack to have in the fridge and a good alternative to cake or biscuits when I am craving something a bit sweet. I have had a few attempts at this recipe, but think I have finally nailed it. The original version of this had nuts included, but I have replaced them with sunflower seeds so that my kids can take them to school (our school has a nut-free policy but seeds are permitted. Check with your own school to clarify their policy on seeds). The addition of oats means that they are not as sweet as some of my other recipes, and it also bulks the recipe out to a large quantity, making these ones cheaper to make.
You can use cocoa instead of cacao – but cacao definitely gives a better taste.
- 110g rolled oats
- 35g sunflower seeds
- 35g chia seeds
- 35g shredded coconut
- 400g pitted dates (dried or medjool)
- 1 Tbsp cacao
- 2 tsp vanilla (paste, essence or extract)
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 2-3 Tbsp cold water
- Place all ingredients except water into the Tmx bowl and process speed 7, 20 seconds.
- Open lid, scrape sides down, add water if needed (to help bind and moisten the mix) and process for a further 20 seconds, slowly increasing speed from 1-9. Your machine will be working at close to full capacity so gently increase speed and stop and scrape sides down if needed.
- Open lid and check mixture. It should look a bit like coarse sand clump together easily.
- Depending on whether you have used medjool or dried dates you may need to process for a further 10-15 seconds. Add more water if required.
- Wet your hands and roll into balls. This makes a lot of balls, 24 large ones or 35+ smaller ones.