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Tennis balls (aka coconut & cacao balls)

snacks, sweets | October 8, 2015 | By

My name is Lisa and I own a Thermomix. There, I said it. 

These energy-dense balls have been part of my repertoire since the very early days of owning my machine and they have recently found an appreciative audience amongst the lovely group of women I play tennis with on Thursday mornings. They are the perfect healthy post-exercise snack, quick to rustle up in the early morning when I don’t really feel like putting the oven on, and easily transported.

There are hundreds of similar recipes to be found on the net. I wrote this one with mums in mind as, unlike many others. they contain no nuts, just lots of seeds, so are safe for lunch boxes. To get a nice smooth texture you will need a high speed blender of some description, otherwise they will be rather gritty, because of all those seeds.

I sometimes roll them in more cacao, but the oil from the seeds quickly darkens it, so if you’re serving these a while after preparing them then I’d stick to the coconut coating. And as with all my recipes, modify it to suit your tastebuds or store cupboard. If you don’t have (or like) one particular type of seed then add more of one of the others. If you don’t have cacao, use cocoa. If you don’t have maple syrup, use honey. If you don’t have any seeds at all, make something else.

Coconut & cacao balls
  1. 2 tbsp flax seeds
  2. 2 tbsp chia seeds
  3. 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  4. 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  5. 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  6. 1/4 cup (4 tbsp) dried, unsweetened coconut flakes
  7. 2-3 tbsp cacao (depending how chocolatey you like them)
  8. 6 medjool dates, stones removed
  9. 1 tbsp maple syrup
  10. to roll : desiccated coconut
  1. Place all the seeds and coconut in your high speed blender and blend until fine.
  2. Add the cacao and dates and maple syrup and blend until the mixture is fine and even (it will look crumbly).
  3. Roll spoonfuls of the mixture into balls - smaller or larger as you wish.
  4. Roll them in desiccated coconut.
  5. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks (a complete guess as mine never last that long!).
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