Sugar Free Snacking

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

from nature

Granola Balls

  • 100 g fresh or frozen 20160208_004120blueberries
  • 50 g fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2 Tb water
  1. Heat berries and water until they are squishy then add:
  • 80 g maple syrup20160208_011707
  • 80 g coconut oil
  1. Stir well until oil is melted then turn off heat.
  2. 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 powder20160208_011854
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  1. Pour liquid into dry mixture
    and stir until well combined. Refrigerate three hours or until firm.20160208_084657
  1. Using a melon scooper or tablespoon, divide mix into 30 equal pieces.20160208_084710
  1. 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. 🙂




    • I love the tart bite of cranberries…they are impossible to find dried here without added sugar, so fresh it is. No raisins in the recipe…probably the jar of seeds you’re seeing there. I’m thinking to try peanut butter and banana with raisins next though; it’s a work in progress in my head anyway. Am also thinking savoury with sweet potato or seaweed or something. Anyhoo, ideas, ideas, ideas! Now all I need is a bit more time! Happy Valentines Carol. 🙂

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  1. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Yum! I tried something similar recently though it didn’t have the lovely variety of goodies yours does. I just boiled up some dates in water till soft and then blitzed it with oats and pumpkins seeds in food processor. I packed tight into a shallow tray (didn’t think of cooling it) and then (here’s the naughty bit) covered in melted dark chocolate. I let it go hard and then cut into square and brought as treat to our neighbours where it went down a treat with the kids.

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    • I had similar intentions about bars dipped in chocolate but didn’t make the time. Yours, less the chocolate, sound similar to a date bar my mum made growing up. I did love them so much! Nice that the kiddos like them too as not too much time or money needs to be invested in making.

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    • Aw, Vashti, thank you so much. I should have put the value of each ingredient within the post, because they do have significant benefits. I was in a rush…story of my life these days. Thank you for your kind words. I feel so ‘out of touch’ with my writing friends these last few weeks and tourist season hasn’t even started on the island yet. Time to reevaluate where I am spending my time…and Stephen King is still waiting for me to spend more time with him. Could you believe I haven’t finished that book yet?! 😀

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