Vegie Bliss Ball

School Holiday Baking Boredom Busters

It’s that time again, school holidays are upon us. It’s hard to believe that the year is half over already!

Spend some time baking with your kids these school holidays and make some of the amazing-looking treats from Veggie Smugglers (you can even get some healthy stuff in there!).

Veggie Smugglers founder Wendy Green says:

“With the wind being chilly I’m keen to stay indoors a bit, but I’m keen to keep the kids off screens too – so the textas are out, the old toy boxes are down from the top of the cupboards and my cooking-shy kids are even venturing into the warm kitchen.”

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Date & pecan bliss balls

1 cup dates
1 cup pecans (or walnuts are also great)
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted (zap it in the microwave)
¼ cup good-quality cocoa powder
½ cup desiccated (or shredded) coconut (plus ½ cup extra for the coating)
1 tbsp chia seeds (black or white)

Soak the dates in hot water for 10 minutes to soften. Drain and add to a food processor bowl along with the pecans, oil, cocoa, chia seeds and ¼ cup coconut.

Blitz until smooth, and then use your hands to roll bite-sized balls. Roll in the remaining coconut. Refrigerate for 2 hours until firm.