My first post! Because its Halloween, I thought I would share something Halloween-ish, so here are my Halloween Pumpkin Snack Balls. But first…….
A bit about me, why do I spend my weekends cooking……… well when my daughters started school and preschool, almost 2 years ago, I wanted to give them healthy lunches that would keep them going all day. The food I make is simple, I mostly use one bowl (or food processor/blender) and the ingredients are everyday stuff you can find in your favourite supermarket. I buy the biggest packets so everything is generally pretty inexpensive. Cooking for school/preschool is nut free and for a while the preschool lunches were egg free too.
If there is an easy way to do something, I will find it!
Snack balls are something I make every week. I start with a base of rolled oats and dates (or pumpkin/sweet potato/banana) then add whatever seeds, dried fruit, protein, cocao, coffee, fruit, tahini, coconut oil. You can basically add anything until you get the taste and consistence you want.
These Pumpkin Snack Balls are easy and delicious. They are great as a mid morning or afternoon snack. They are more savoury than sweet but you could add more maple syrup or milk chocolate chips to make it more a sweet treat. You’ll find my recipe below.
When we have pumpkin for dinner I usually make extra so I can have some leftovers to make these, you could also use roast pumpkin. Make sure you don’t throw away the pumpkin seeds, I’ll show you what you can do with them later.
You can mix all the ingredients in the one bowl. I’m not a big fan of using lots of bowls and equipment for cooking. If I can do it with as little as possible, I will. Spatulas are also one of my favourite things, they make cooking easy.
I always freeze the batch of balls, especially if they have pumpkin or something fresh in them, that way they will last longer. They will last a week or so in the fridge but can stay in the freezer for up to 3 months. (if you don’t eat them before) I just pull out a few for lunchboxes in the morning and are thawed by recess.
Try them out and let me know how you go!
Do you have a favourite recipe for snack balls? I would love to try out some new ones.