Truly Tasty Truffle Treats – no sugar but good enough for Mum too!

(Photo’s to come)

These are all your Christmas, toddler birthday, baby gift, new mum prayers answered!

They are super sweet little balls of goodness just like the truffles we all know, but without the sugar ( and safely booze -free too). I found these little gems in the book  Feeding Fussy Kids ( link included at bottom of post) and just tweaked them to suit my budget and toddler taste buds. the dried fruit gives them a Iron boost and the inclusion of nuts gives a filling protein snack.  I’ve included 4 different flavor combinations, though my little mans personal favorites are the Choco-truffles and the Iron Boosters.

Seriously, they couldn’t be easier and they turn out great – You just chop and soak your dried fruit in the blender for 10, whizz them up and add the rest of ingredients and then shape into balls. Chill and eat – or pop them all into a little box and you have a tasty, healthful treat for any little people you know, or come to that – any new moms who are on that post-baby weight kick and want to indulge without the guilt!

I made up a batch and gave them to my baby-mama friends for a Christmas treat, and know they’ll feature in many toddler birthday parties to come!

Try them!!!!!

Muscle Power Balls

2/3 c dried apricots, chopped

1/2 c dates, chopped (use kitchen scissors)

1 c sultanas (or raisins if you so prefer)

4 T boiling water

1/2 c almond meal (ground almonds)

1 1/2 c desiccated coconut

1/2 t vanilla extract

Put all the chopped dried fruit in a blender with the boiling water and soak for 10 minutes or so. Blend these up then simply add the almond meal, 1/2 c of the coconut and the vanilla.

Roll the mix into small balls and then roll in extra coconut. Place them in an airtight container or plate covered in plastic wrap and chill. They keep at least a week in the fridge, just remove as needed. Done!

Choco-Truffle wedges 

# This recipe does not have nuts, if you are nut sensitive

1/2 c chopped dates

1 c sultanas

1 T boiling water

1 T cocoa

1/2 c skim milk powder

1/2 c coconut

extra coconut to roll

soak the dried fruit in the boiling water. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend to a firm paste, adding a extra T of boiling water if needed. Divide the dough in 1/2 and roll into 2 small logs. Refrigerate these loosely wrapped in plastic wrap 10 minutes to firm up and make easier to slice.

Using a wet knife, cut the logs into 1 cm slices. Keep airtight in the fridge, up to 2 weeks. (they wont last that long! )

# i made these as the recipe above rolling into small balls, worked just as well.

Date and Cashew Truffles 

1/2 c dates, chopped

4 T boiling water

1/2 c ground cashews ( i just buy roasted unsalted cashews and smash them up in a plastic snap lock with a mallet until powder, Great fun!!)

2 T wheat germ ( since i did not have this on hand, I once substituted this for a little extra nuts and coconut)

1/2 c coconut

Leave the dates to soak in the boiling water about 10 or until most of the liquid is absorbed. blend these to a paste.

Combine with the cashews and wheat germ. If here, as I have, you find that the mix is too sticky to handle, just add carefully a small amount of wheat germ to help it firm up. Pop all this mix in the fridge for about 10 minutes then take out and roll into small balls, rolling these in extra coconut. Store as above.  YUMO! –  great for cashew loving adults, though you can use any nuts you like. I have made them with a mix of almond meal and cashews and even my coconut-loathing partner gave them a tick!

Iron Booster Balls 

1/2 c dried apricots, chopped

1/2 c dried peaches, chopped (no worries if you don’t have these on hand, use more apricots)

2 T boiling water

1/4 c almond meal

1/2 c coconut

1 T orange juice

2 T wheat germ

Place all the dried fruit in a blender and soak in the boiling water 10 min. Blend well with the rest of the ingredients until firm, adding a extra T of orange juice if needed. Roll the mixture into balls and roll in extra coconut.

i hope you find these as genius as I have. xx

# if you have nut allergies, you can go ahead and substitute the use of ground nuts for skim milk powder. 

* http://www.feedingfussykids.com/www.feedingfussykids.com/Welcome.html

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