Children should always be a part of family cooking and food preparation process. It teaches them concepts that are literally life-saving and essential for survival. It also allows children to absorb and pick up skills in the most natural and relaxed environment.
They learn science and math when mixing ingredients and measuring portions, they form healthy habits, develop their imagination and patience, get accustomed to making and fixing mistakes. They also feel proud and their confidence soars when they can contribute and accomplish something meaningful with their own hands.
One of our most favourite healthy treats is bliss balls. There are literally hundreds of variations of bliss balls recipes out there. Bliss balls are very easy to make for even the youngest chefs since they don’t require any baking. Children can create their own recipes and experiment with different flavours. They also enjoy making a ball out of dough and roll coating them in the coconut flakes, sugar or sprinkles. The recipe can vary and adapt according to what you have currently stocked in your pantry. The most common ingredients are dried fruits, seeds and nuts, coconut oil, coconut flakes and cocoa powder.
Another important factor is that bliss balls are toddler-friendly. You can boost nutrition value by adding natural probiotic blend with wholefoods into the mix and the picky eaters won’t even notice.
One important thing – these bliss balls are seriously addictive. And I am not kidding. Allergies warning – this recipe contains gluten, dairy, nuts, eggs – you name it. If you are allergic to any of these ingredients I suggest to do some research and find recipes online that suit your preferences.
Why is this recipe toddler-friendly!? Because they are
- easy to make even with young kids with minimum mess.
- very yummy!
- perfectly sized for little hands.
- made to fit a single portion.
Toddlers will have a ball helping you to prepare them and it will only take about 20 minutes. There is no waiting for baking. These are also guaranteed to be a hit on birthday and special occasion parties.
Toddler Friendly Bliss Balls
|Prep time||20 minutes|
|Meal type||Dessert, Snack|
|Occasion||Birthday Party, Casual Party, Christmas, Easter|
- 250g plain biscuits (we usually use low sugar arrowroot)
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 1/4 cup chia seeds (gives a crunchy feel that kids usually like)
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries (or any dried berries you have in hand. You may need to soak them in water first to make sure they are not going to stick to your teeth.)
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 100g unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup milk (you may like to add a little bit more if you prefer your bliss balls to be more sticky)
- 3 tablespoons coconut flakes (for coating)
I adopted this recipe from my childhood favourite treat we used to indulge on back in Russia, called "Kartoshka".
In addition, I usually add 3 teaspoons of organic probiotic blend with wholefoods into the dough together with dry ingredients. This is done to boost nutritional value of this yummy treat.
Occasionally, I may add pumpkin seeds which contain cucurbitin. Cucurbitin treats worms and other parasites by paralyzing them so they can be expelled from the body. Let's face it, toddlers are prime candidates for those. If you prefer your children stay away from caffeine - skip the cocoa powder.
|Place biscuits, cashews, chia seeds, goji berries, cocoa powder in a food processor and mix until combined.|
|Add butter to the mixture and process.|
|Add milk and process the dough.|
|Roll dough into balls.|
|Sprinkle coconut flakes on a plate and coat bliss balls.|
|Dig in! Don't forget to share with kids!|
I hope you enjoy! If you decide to give this recipe a go, make sure to come back and let me know how it went in the comment section below!