A hit with adults and children alike, Chocolate Energy Orbs can be made on the weekend to be enjoyed throughout the week. They’ve got lots of the protein and fat that children’s bodies need for growth, along with fibre, protein, and antioxidants from the cocoa powder. The orbs are lower in sugar than their processed energy bar counterparts and include natural ingredients for maximum nourishment. Tahini (sesame seed paste) adds calcium.
3/4 cup (180 mL) nut butter (almond, cashew, peanut)
1/4 cup (60 mL) tahini
1/2 cup (125 mL) maple syrup
1 cup (250 mL) toasted sesame seeds
1/4 cup (60 mL) cocoa powder
1 cup (250 mL) oat bran
1/2 cup (125 ml) wheat germ
1/2 cup (125 ml) unsweetened coconut
Add nut butter, tahini, and maple syrup to bowl of food processor and blend until smooth. Add sesame seeds, cocoa powder, oat bran, and wheat germ and blend until mixture becomes like dough. Scrape down sides of food processor as necessary. Spread coconut on a plate. Roll mixture into 1-inch (2.5-cm) balls (child size) or 2-inch (5-cm) balls (adult size). and roll in shredded coconut. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Makes 12 large orbs or 18 small orbs.
source: "School Lunch Recipes Your Kids Will Love", alive #275, September 2005
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