Recipes and images from “Real food For Babies and Toddlers” by Vanessa Clarkson (Murdoch Books)
Oatmeal Snack Balls with Cranberries and Apple
Makes about 12
Preparation time 10 minutes, plus 2 hours’ soaking (optional)
DIETARY INFO: Dairy-free vegetarian vegan
80 g (23/4 oz/¹⁄³ cup) unsalted raw cashews, preferably soaked for 2 hours beforehand, then rinsed and drained
70 g (2½ oz/²⁄³ cup) rolled (porridge) oats (see note on page 104)
55 g (2 oz/¹⁄³ cup) dried cranberries
50 g (13/4 oz/½ cup) preservative-free dried apple
4 soft medjool dates, pitted
60 ml (2 fl oz/¼ cup) coconut oil, melted and cooled
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Put all the ingredients in a food processor, and whiz until the mixture gets clumpy. Empty into a bowl, and shape into golf-sized balls using your hands. Store in an airtight container in a cool place or the refrigerator (although they’ll be quite firm if kept this way).
For little ones: Try shaping into fingers for easier gripping.
** Very suitable to put in your work lunch box as a snack – they were easy to make and yummy – sorry no pictures they were devoured before the camera came out 🙂