Inspired by this week’s photo prompt word, ‘zero’, I raided the pantry and came up with what my children are calling ‘granola balls’. They have zero added sugar and are packed with ingredients that provide lots of energy. I thought they were a bit too sweet, a taste testing friend thought they were not sweet enough, and the children thought they were perfectly delicious and moreish. Success as far as I’m concerned as they are for the kiddos. I had intended them to be bars, but with Monday morning school rush and all, balls were easier and quicker to assemble.
‘Flame & gem’ are Ronovan’s haiku words this week …
sweet gems give
energy to burn
- 100 g fresh or frozen blueberries
- 50 g fresh or frozen cranberries
- 2 Tb water
- Heat berries and water until they are squishy then add:
- 80 g maple syrup
- 80 g coconut oil
- Stir well until oil is melted then turn off heat.
- In a large bowl, combine together the following:
- 150 g whole oats
- 40 g chia seeds
- 40 g mixed sunflower and pumpkin seeds
- 35 g dried mango, chopped to raisin size
- 65 g chopped pistachio nuts
- 1 tsp spirulina powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Pour liquid into dry mixture
and stir until well combined. Refrigerate three hours or until firm.
- Using a melon scooper or tablespoon, divide mix into 30 equal pieces.
- Roll in hands to make balls then coat in the following mixture:
- 20 g ground pistachio nuts
- 20 g dried coconut flakes
Store in refrigerator for up to ten days in airtight container. They can also be frozen and thawed an hour before serving.
They neither taste nor smell like meatballs, honest. 🙂