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Seeking healthy snacks for kids? Try these delicious coconut chocolate bites

11th October 2018

Want to avoid the hunger tantrums without grabbing for the nearest sugar-packed chocolate bar? Need easy-to-make, healthy snacks that the kids will love? Then look no further. Author, food writer and mother of three, Lizzie King, is here with her healthy snacks for kids, with these delicious, nut-free chocolate bites.

 

Chocolate often gets a bad rep. It seems to be the thing parents avoid feeding their kids, opting instead for snack bars packaged with promises of “natural goodness” and less of the bad stuff. But I think this is often a misconception. 

As a massive chocolate lover, I was keen for my kids to get the real deal early on. Cacao and cocoa (the bean that is turned to powder) are rich in flavonoids that can help our immune and nervous systems. They don’t have significant amounts of vitamins or minerals, so what you combine with your chocolate can have an impact. Usually this is high levels of sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, and/or trans-fats that turn chocolate into a fast food that’s a distant relative from the naked ingredient.

By making a concoction of your own, using the best cocoa and other deliciously nutritious ingredients, you can have the best of both worlds. A chocolate treat that has plenty of the health benefits and energy.

 

I came up with this recipe to help out the many families looking for nut-free school snacks. They are gorgeous nuggets of chocolate energy that live in the freezer and can be made for afternoon hunger pangs as much as tasty after-dinner nibbles.

Most of the work is in the melting and stirring, and the children can help out with this before spooning the balls into shape and licking their fingers. You can easily melt a bar of quality dark chocolate instead if needed. The recipe is really flexible and easy to play around with so you can get the children to choose what they add in each time. Oats instead of coconut, a few chopped dried fruits in place of buckwheat, nut butter for the tahini or a pinch of chilli powder to wake them up!

It’s a recipe we play around with and love a lot, and always come back to for the Happiness factor.

Kid-loving coconut chocolate bites

– 100g coconut oil
– 65g cocoa powder
– 2 tablespoons maple syrup
– a pinch of cinnamon
– 200g desiccated coconut, plus extra for sprinkling
– 1 tablespoon tahini
– 60g sesame seeds
– 2 tablespoons buckwheat groats, for extra crunch

Place a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water on a medium heat. Add the coconut oil to the pan and allow to melt, then gently stir in the cocoa powder, maple syrup and cinnamon, whisking until glossy. Add the remaining ingredients and combine well.

With an ice cream scoop, or your hands, take pieces of the mixture and roll into about 20 bite-sized, evenly sized balls. Place on a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper. Freeze until needed, or at least an hour until firm. I leave them in the freezer until needed, but they never last long!

For all the ingredients in this recipe, head to farmdrop.com.

Struggling with healthy after-school snacks for your little ones? Check out Lizzie’s top tips and her recipe for chickpea & sweet potato wraps. Or head to farmdrop.com for more delicious, organic kid-loving snacks.

Find more family recipes on Lizzie’s blog, Lizzie Loves Healthy.

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