As most of you know, I am an improviser in the kitchen. This makes it harder to follow a recipe to the “t”, but it helps me be inventive with what I have in my fridge, freezer or pantry. With a little inspiration from the newest cookies and health bars hitting the shelves in stores, I experimented with the nuts and seeds in my kitchen and came up with my very own raw, no-bake, chocolate, nut and seed balls. OK, the name sounds complicated but, luckily, they are everything but! Come and cook with us!
Nuts and seeds have always featured prominently in my kitchen. I use them for my granola, my home-made bread and also sprinkle them freely over cereal, salads, soups, stews, yogurt, oatmeal and fruit and vegetable dishes. But I had never tried to turn them into the center point of a dish. Then I saw the Chocolate Goji and Cha Cha Chia Energy Chunks in the bulk section of Whole Foods and realized that this is something that can easily be made at home – and the kids will have a blast helping!
My specific recipe calls for walnuts, flax and sesame seeds but the options are endless. Walnuts and flax seeds, in particular, are rich in omega-3s but almonds, pistachios, pine nuts and sunflower seeds are all great options, too. Look for raw, organic versions and store them in the refrigerator or freezer. I added a tablespoon of chocolate to the mixture on the suggestion of my son, but you should experiment and see for yourself.
These seed balls taste great and are packed with healthy fats and protein which make them very satiating. Their sweetness comes from dates which are what bind the ingredients together. Come and cook with us!