Totally Interactive Recipe-Chocolate Date Balls
Reading with your Kids Podcast Featuring Francie Healey
Author of the book Eat To Beat Alzheimer’s Francie Healey is back on Reading with your kids podcast with a recipe Chocolate Date Balls, a totally interactive recipe that will help kids focus. Her book is a manual for health and cooking. It provides nutritional science and education to help readers become well-informed on the connection between the food they eat and how it affects their brain health now and in future years.
Stay tuned as Francie shares a delicious & totally interactive recipe we can create with our kids. Francie also tells us how we can use this time in the kitchen together to teach our kids about making healthy choices. Be sure to make this recipe with your kids & Have fun!
Chocolate Date Balls
These cookies are a great snack to carry with you on busy days. Make a big batch and keep them in the freezer for a quick chocolate fix that is packed with vitamins and minerals. Dates have been a favourite food since ancient times, and are grown in arid regions throughout the world. They are easily digested and are high in fibre and vitamins and minerals, particularly iron, B-vitamins and vitamins A and K. They have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Preparation: 10 minutes, plus 1 hour to freeze
Serves: Makes 2 dozen balls.
2 tablespoons pine nuts
1 cup shredded coconut
2 cups dates
2 cups almond meal
½ cup almond butter
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ cup maple syrup
¼ cup water
additional ground nuts or coconut flakes for rolling, optional
If you wish to do so, toast the pine nuts or coconuts in a dry skillet over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until toasted.
Chop dates (be careful of the pits) and dust with almond meal. Mix, along with other ingredients, in a large bowl. You will probably want to use your hands or a food processor to mix well, as the batter can be hard to stir. Use additional water or almond meal to improve the texture if necessary. Form into 1” balls and roll in the additional ground nuts or coconut flakes if desired.
Freeze at least 1 hour before serving. Enjoy!
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