Here is one of our favorite snack ideas for lunches or as a special treat. With just a few ingredients they are quick and easy to make (no baking!) and they really hit the spot when the kids are trolling for sugar.
This my answer to a cookie most of the time and my kids know these as “power bars”. Sometimes we roll them into balls and call them “power balls”. Sometimes we add spirilina powder and they become “super power balls” – imagining this to be the treat of choice for Buzz Lightyear. They are pretty sweet so I try to limit them to 1 or 2 a day, but made of real raw, whole food ingredients are for sure healthier than a cookie or a chocolate covered bar from the store.
Have your kids help you make these. From measuring, to pushing the button on the food processor, rolling, cutting and even putting them away in a jar – my son loves making these and is so proud of himself. Enjoy!
dates pits out
raw sunflower seeds
shredded unsweetened coconut + more for dusting at the end
Remove the pits from the dates. Depending on the freshness of the dates and species you may need to soak them in warm water for about 5 minutes to soften them up.
In a food processor combine all the ingredients. Grind up the mixture for a couple minutes, stopping to push it down a few times. It will become a sticky ball, but you still want it to have some texture and crunch.
Dump it onto a sheet of parchment paper, then place another sheet on top and roll it into a rectangle of your desired thickness. Take half the remaining coconut and rub it into one side of the flattened mixture. Replace the paper, flip it over, and repeat on the other side.
Cut into desired bar size - I make mine about 2 inches by 3 inches. Slide the whole thing–paper and all onto a cookie sheet and put it into the refrigerator for about an hour to firm them up. That's it. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
These will melt if you leave them in a warm place too long.
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