I am always looking for new ideas for healthy after-school snacks and here is one that got two thumbs up from my children today – no-bake Prune, Nut and Chocolate Energy Balls. Making healthy lunchbox and after-school snacks can be tricky as you are competing with a myriad of commercially produced sugary treats that most children love. And you can’t really blame them! All you can do is keep trying and celebrate (occasional) successes.
Today was a success! These little energy balls were gone within minutes of my children coming through the door – and they had no idea they had just devoured a good helping of prunes, which usually is not the most popular snack in my house. They did guess correctly the balls were made with dark chocolate, which they love. You see, I have stopped buying milk chocolate a long time ago and only buy dark now (I look for chocolate containing approximately 70% cocoa) so my children are used to it and actually prefer it to milk chocolate, which has more sugar and less cocoa.
Having said that, chocolate is not the predominant flavour in this recipe. This recipe is a combination of different flavours that work together fantastically – sweet and rich tasting fruit, dark chocolate and nut, with a hint of coconut. What’s not to like? And in addition to making a fun and healthy after-school snack these Prune, Nut and Chocolate Energy Balls taste incredible with coffee or tea, which makes them an ideal mid-morning or afternoon snack.
The proportions used in this recipe yield 14 bite size balls, but you can make them smaller or larger according to your preference.
Your children will love helping you shape these balls and roll them in the seeds! Enjoy:)
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Yields 14 bite size balls
12 minPrep Time
12 minTotal Time
- 150 g prunes, roughly chopped
- 4 tablespoons peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
- 50 g good quality dark chocolate, roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon tahini paste
- 3 tablespoons desiccated coconut
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Sesame seeds and/or coconut flakes for coating
- Whiz the chocolate in a blender until finely chopped (not completely powdery). Add the prunes and process to obtain a crumbly consistency. Add the rest of the ingredients and whiz to combine. The mixture should by sticky and crumbly.
- Form small balls and roll in sesame seeds or coconut flakes. It's a good idea to chill them for 30 minutes before serving, but it's not absolutely necessary. Yields 14 bite size balls.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.