Finding healthy snacks for kids is hard! My kids are pretty normal, they love their fish crackers, fig newton bars and other crappy processed food. When I try to switch it up and give them something healthy to eat, like vegetables, I get the biggest “yuck” response. Ugh! I hate that response. It makes me feel like a bit of a failure. A failure as a mom #momguilt, as well as a failure as a nutritionist #nutritionistguilt. As a nutritionist and a mom I knew there must be a better way.
Google, and my own ingenuity came to my rescue. I found the Bliss Balls through a quick google search. Bliss balls are awesome because the ingredients are whole, real food and they are crazy easy and fast to make. The challenge is that most bliss balls have nuts as an ingredient – a big no-no for my son’s school. As well, I am highly sensitive to almonds and other nuts, so I try to avoid them as much as possible. I searched my pantry for a replacement. I wanted something crunchy, yet healthy, and it could not contain gluten. I decided to bake quinoa.
Quinoa is considered a “super food”. I hesitate to call any food a super food, but quinoa definitely ranks high on my list of healthy foods. It has lots of protein, good fats and is high in lots of micronutrients.
My first attempt at a bliss ball sans recipe – meaning I made this recipe up, was a success. My chocolate coconut bliss balls are a sweet treat for any lunch bag or at home snack. I hope you enjoy!
Chocolate Coconut Bliss Balls
About 24 (or 1.5 cup) noor dates
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1/2 quinoa crisp (recipe below)
1 tsp vanilla
Unsweetened coconut flakes as needed
- Place the noor dates, baking cocoa, quinoa crisp and vanilla in a food processor (I prefer the Vitamix)
- Blend thoroughly. Stir the contents with a spoon to ensure none of the cocoa got stuck on the bottom, then blend again.
- Roll the mixture into small balls, then roll the balls through the coconut flakes
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
2. Prepare quinoa as according to the package
3. Once quinoa is cooked through, spread across a baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes or until crispy