These homemade flapjack balls are great for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Dates are rich in natural sugars giving a quick hit of energy for those sluggish moments. Oats are full of soluble fibre, which encourages gradual release of energy from food and sustains your energy levels for longer. Walnuts, pecans, peanuts and flaxseed are high in protein and essential fatty acids, both of which promote satiety to keep those hunger pangs at bay.
18medjool datesstones removed
80gramsflaxseedwhite part only
3tbspdesiccated coconut150g extra for coating
250gramsgluten free oats
30freeze dried raspberries
Place the 150g of desiccated coconut into medium sized frying pan and gently heat until the coconut turns golden brown (keep an eye on it as it can quickly burn). Remove from heat and decant into a wide bowl.
Roughly chop the dates and put them into a small saucepan with a splash of water. Gently heat, stirring continuously, until the dates turn into a paste. Set to one side.
Place the oats, flaxseed, coconut, raspberries, salt and nuts into a medium sized bowl. Add the maple syrup, peanut butter, coconut oil and mix until thoroughly combined and a dough is formed.
Using a teaspoon, scoop out some of the dough mix and roll between the palms of your hands to form a ball. Pop the ball into the bowl of toasted coconut and roll the ball around to evenly coat in the coconut. Repeat this with the remaining dough until all the mixture has been used.
They can be stored in an airtight container for up to 10 days.
Alternatively, pop them into the freezer and take out to defrost for an hour at room temperature.
Allergens: nuts, berries. CNM recommends the use of organic ingredients. Recipe by Francesca Klottrup, chef and nutritionist, lecturer on the Natural Chef and Vegan Natural Chef Diploma Courses. Photograph by Juliet Klottrup