Choc ginger nut and seed balls via www.clairekcreations.com

I am the mother of a 6 month old. It still doesn’t seem real. Just the first part of that sentence still doesn’t seem real let alone the second part. I guess it’s a bit like I couldn’t believe it when I turned 20 and I was no longer a teenager then I couldn’t believe it when I wasn’t living at home anymore.

It was crazy to think that I was a married woman and then a pregnant married woman. Do you ever feel your actual age or are you always a teenager with extra responsibility trapped in an older person’s body?

Chocolate ginger balls with nuts and seeds via www.clairekcreations.com

A lot of my teenage habits I left back in the late 90s but the 10.30 morning tea bell rings in my head every morning. Some days it’s a little late but I can rarely get through a morning without a nibble on something. I try to make it something healthy and seeing as my time is a bit limited these days, quick is another key. Food processor + nuts + dates + flavour seems to be my perfect recipe at the moment.

Chocolate ginger balls with nuts and seeds via www.clairekcreations.com

My latest creation involves chocolate and ginger – choc ginger nut and seed balls – a winning combination in my books. Try my choc-ginger biscuits if you’re after a naughtier creation involving the two. Mmm cookies. Ok back to the subject. This time I added some seeds to the mix for added goodness. If you wanted to go all-out healthy and raw you could use raw almonds but I love the flavour the oven roasted almonds give and they release their oils as they’re processed to help all the other bits stick together.

Chocolate ginger balls with nuts and seeds via www.clairekcreations.com

Instead of rolling them into balls, I pressed them firmly into my measuring spoon to make neat little snack domes. If you wanted to make perfect balls, sticking two of these together would be the way to do it. I devoured a batch of these in a week. They’re a bit dangerous. Yes they’re healthy but they’re choc-full of calories so I probably should have stretched them over a few more days. Enjoy!

What about you? Do you still feel like a teenager? Any habits stuck with you?

Chocolate ginger balls with nuts and seeds via www.clairekcreations.com

Ginger nut and seed balls

Ginger nut and seed balls

Yield: 20
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry roasted almonds
  • 12 dates, pitted
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao
  • 2 tsp ginger powdered
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp sunflower seeds

Instructions

  1. Place all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and process until it comes together. You may have to add a little water to make the mixture stick together.
  2. Use a tablespoon of mixture at a time and roll into balls.
  3. Refrigerate until serving.

 

 

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