Aloha peeps! I've been finding myself in so many conversations lately on just how much cheaper it is to buy junk food than it is to buy fruits, veggies and healthy snacks for ourselves and our cubs...and it's absolutely true which sucks. So I thought I'd compile a few of my cub's favourites that are so easy to make and not to taxing on a budget, that I even find my 7 year old up on the kitchen bench chucking the stuff into the nutra bullet herself lol.
So here are 7 super quick, healthy, school friendly, plant based bliss balls that have been given the thumbs up by my junk food craving menaces. Super yummy little balls of bliss that you can whip up in a blender or a Nutrabullet and know with a peaceful heart that even though you’re busy, on a budget or kitchen illiterate, you can still give your little ones a healthy treat each day. Something that nourishes their bodies instead of throwing their mental, emotional and energy systems out of whack.
When making these treats I highly recommend sourcing sulphur-free dried fruit. Look on the packet and in the ingredients lists, the sulphur preservative will be listed as E220 or 220. Its use has been linked to asthma, irritability, mood swings and many behavioural problems. It makes ME feel on edge, so I try and avoid it where I can so I'm not blowing up at the cubs over small things and not having THEM try to inflict as much bodily harm as they can on each other. You will know if apricots have the 220 preservative added as the apricots will be a bright orange colour. No dried fruit holds their colour like this.
Live on the Sunny Coast? There's a place called The Source in Big Top, Maroochydore that sells preservative free fruits. Or check this link to find one near you. https://thesourcebulkfoods.com.au/all-our-stores/
Gluten free? Use quinoa flakes instead of oats.
Do you have your own recipe you'd like to share? I'd love to give it a try, add it to the comments below.
(I am not a nutritionist, although I have done a lot of my own study on this subject. If you need more knowledge on your diet, please seek out an expert.)
Coconut Lime Energy Bites
We love the nut-free proteins and fats from unsweetened coconut and pumpkin seeds and the lovely brightness from the lime zest in these Coconut Lime Energy Bites that makes these so flavourful! (Via Healthy Idea's for Kids)
Coconut Snow Balls
If your munchkins are mad for coconuts they’ll devour these Scrumptious Snowballs in seconds! Shredded coconut, coconut milk and a few essentials combine to form these dusted balls of deliciousness. Once refrigerated these babies can be kept for up to 5 days (if we don’t get there first). (via The Kitchn)
Banana Oat Balls
These Banana Oat Balls are so super easy to make and using ingredients that you're likely to have on hand. They were quickly gobbled up by the kids. (Via Planning With Kids)
All hail the mighty raisin! These sneaky school snacks have got lunch time covered. The mixture of oats, dates and raisins will keep the kids going well into the afternoon while a dash of cocoa and carob adds a chocolatey taste to seal the deal. Yum! (via Whole Food Simply)
Apricot Lunchbox Balls
All too often, store-bought bliss balls or apricot bites are full of preservatives and refined sugar. Not these Apricot Lunchbox Balls. These are a healthy version. they're quick to make and store great in the fridge or freezer. (Via Stacey Claire)
Strawberry Ripe Balls
These amazing Strawberry Ripe Balls made from Strawberry's are the ultimate strawberry and coconut treat. Not a strawberry fan? Try a raspberry or blueberry variation included in this blog. (Via Marinya Cottage Kitchen)
Raw Coconut Brownie
These are scrumptious little “brownie” bites, rich in texture with a strong chocolate flavour, Just like a brownie... (Via Wall Flower Kitchen)
Raspberry Coconut Bliss Balls