Date Fruit Balls are by far my most popular dish I have ever made for babies. They can eat as many as desired because they are full of healthy fats. Date Fruit Balls are formulated to contain all of the types of unsaturated fatty acids that can be obtained from vegan sources. These include monounsaturated fats from the almonds/walnuts, polyunsaturated fats from the pumpkin seeds, and omega-3 polyunsaturated fats from the hemp/chia seeds. It is vital you are getting your family all these fats for maximal body and brain health. Pumpkin seeds are very high in minerals such as magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, and zinc. For these vital minerals I try to include these seeds, among others in as many dishes as possible.
Dried Fruit balls are my fastest treat with the least mess and I like to roll them up while I watch a show. I make them ahead of time so I can have instant breakfast or snacks on hand. Add some applesauce for a young child, or fried eggs with an older child for a nutritionally complete breakfast.
Ironically Date Fruit Balls are my most popular adult party food as well. Try adding in some cacao nibs for extra zing! Date Fruit Balls make great healthy snacks to carry anywhere. You can change the ratio of dried fruit to whatever you have on hand. The more dates you add, the sweeter your dish will be. If you want to control blood sugar I suggest leaving the dates out. If you are looking for a pre-workout or post-workout food, I suggest using the dates. The high potassium in the dates assist in workout recovery and in alleviating headaches/migraines and decrease their frequency of occurance.
1 c dried unsulfured figs
1/2 c dried mixed fruit like cranberries, raisins, blueberries
1/2 t spirulina powder
1/2 c unsulfured coconut flakes or flour
1 T pumpkin seeds
1/2 c soaked almonds or walnuts (un-soaked)
2 T hemp seeds or Chia Seeds
Puree the seeds and nuts in a food processor until powdery. Add fruit being sure to tear off stems of figs and deseed dates.
When I used almonds I soaked the almonds overnight, drained the water and added 2 fresh cups of water to the almonds, blended well, and then strained through a nut milk bag. This made almond milk; I used the leftover almonds in the fruit balls.
Make sure your fruit does not have sulfur. It is used to preserve color in dried fruit but is toxic to the nervous system. Never buy the bright colored figs and apricots. The brown ones are not pretty but are natural and healthy.