Cashew and Coconut Date Balls are a great little grab-n-go snack to have in the fridge. Combine raw cashews with sticky dates, throw in some brown rice puffs for a bit of crunch, some coconut for texture, and you have a satisfying little snack that comes together in a jiffy. Make it fun and get the kids together to help whip them up.
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I love having little snacks whipped up and ready in the fridge for the busy week ahead. I especially love them when that afternoon slump hits around 3pm and all I want to do is bite into a big sugar-laden chocolate bar and drink a third cup of coffee for the day to get me through the afternoon witching hours. Anyone else?
Having these date and cashew protein balls ready and waiting has been such a life saver on so many occasions. Just one little ball offers the right amount of sweetness to stave off the chocolate bar for another day, and keeps my belly full until dinner rolls around. The kids love having them in their lunch box for a treat as well, and it's something I can feel happy sending to school with them.
Tip: if you can't do nuts at school then replace with a mixture of seeds. Think pumpkin or sunflower. They work just perfectly, and make for a great nut free snack.
How Easy Are These No Bake Cashew and Coconut Date Balls?
So easy even my 3 and 5 year olds can make them, or at least help. You can make it into a fun little family activity by getting the kids to do the following:
- measure the ingredients with measuring cups and spoons;
- pour all the ingredients into the blender (make sure you have explained about how sharp the blade is and that they don't put little fingers anywhere near it);
- help with flicking the switch on the blender;
- roll out the balls and place on the baking sheet to be put into the freezer;
- eating up all the cashew coconut balls when they are set.
What About The Protein Powder/Superfoods Powder?
Protein powder is listed as an optional ingredient for this recipe. They come together perfectly without adding any powder, but I like to add some as an extra nutritional boost, especially if I am making these for trips to the beach or road trips etc.
When I am making these for the kids I like to add a scoop of Coco Greens by Macrolife Naturals. It is a superfood powder that is so chocolatey I have never had anything but compliments from the little ones, and it works great with the flavors we are using here.
If you are making these for adults and would like some added protein, then I recommend finding a good quality protein powder which uses Non-GMO ingredients. I use Vegan Macromeal Ultimate Superfood from Macrolife Naturals, but there are plenty of others on the market to choose from.
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If the kids enjoy helping make these, then they will just LOVE helping you with these too:
- Blueberry Crumble Bites;
- Kids in the Kitchen: Yogurt Berry Parfait;
- Skinny Blender Green Pea Guacamole;
- Kid Friendly Energy Bites 3 Ways.
Easy No Bake Cashew and Coconut Date Balls
- Add all ingredients to a vitamix or other high powered blender. Blend on low until you get the desired consistency - I prefer mine to have some little chunks, but you may want a smoother result.
- Roll mixture into balls and roll in shredded coconut.
- Pop into an airtight container and into the fridge for about an hour until set.
- These are best if left in the fridge or freezer and just taken out when needed.
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