I make these as much for me as for the children’s lunch boxes. I find them a great energy snack that ties me over to the next meal and you can find them popping up in my food diary over the last 7 weeks.
I do make these balls quite small though, because even though the ingredients are largely wholesome, they still are quite sweet. I usually make a heap of them and put them straight into the freezer to use here and there over the upcoming month. I eat them straight from the freezer. Delicious.
- 1 cup (150 grams) Pitted Dates
- 1 cup (150 grams) Dried Apricots
- 1/2 cup (40 grams) desiccated coconut
- 1/2 cup (50 grams) rolled oats
- 1/4 cup (20 grams) skim milk powder
- 2 tablespoons boiling water
- 2 teaspoons cocoa or cacao powder
- 1/2 cup extra desiccated coconut for coating
- Whizz up all ingredients in a food processor or Thermomix (slowly turn to 9 for 10 seconds) until combined well.
- Form small balls with your hands.
- Coat with the extra coconut.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- I freeze batches of these choc balls and put them directly in the lunch box of a morning.
- If you want to make these diary free, you could try using approx 1-2 tablespoons of Tahini paste, coconut oil or honey instead of the skim milk powder.
Lunch Box Ideas
Below are some of the lunch boxes I’ve done up for my kids this year with these Date Choc Balls.
Lunch Box 1
Lunch Box 2
- Wholemeal sandwich
- Crackers & Cheese
- Baby corn & carrots
- Date Choc Ball
Lunch Box 3
- Corn chips
- Bean dip (with cream cheese)
- Carrot sticks
- Choc date ball