If you have school aged children, having a variety of healthy nut free snacks is a must. These apple bliss balls (or, if you’re in a rush or, ehm, feeling lazy, logs) are just that. They also come together quickly and easily, and last well stored in the fridge (so you can make one batch and get at least a week’s worth of lunch box snacks out of it). And the best thing about them? Kids love discovering these in their lunch boxes.
Apple bliss balls – only 5 ingredients
To make these apple bliss balls (or logs), you only need five ingredients and a food processor.
- dried dates
- dried apple chips (we like Bare apple chips)
- seeds (we like a mix of pepitas and sunflower seeds)
- desiccated coconut for rolling
See? They’re all good for you. No refined sugar in sight and also no nuts. It turns out that dried apple chips replace nuts quite well in bliss balls.
That said, there is quite a bit of natural sugar in dates and sultanas so don’t go crazy – these should still be a treat.
How do I make these little snacks?
Whether you’re making apple bliss balls or logs (or if you just don’t know yet), you need to make your mixture first. Place all the ingredients except for coconut in a food processor and blitz. If you have a small processor, you may want to start with the dates first, then add apple chips and then the seeds and sultanas, so your appliance does not overheat.
If you’re making bliss balls, then simply roll them out and in some coconut. Place them in a sealed container in the fridge to store.
If you’re making apple logs, then separate the mixture into four equal(ish) parts, then roll each into a log. Place the logs in a small baking dish lined with baking paper (or on a platter) and place in a fridge until firm enough to cut (about 1 or 2 hours). Then chop the logs into small bite sized pieces and store in the fridge in a sealed container.
Apple bliss balls or logs [nut free, refined sugar free]
- Food processor
- 1 cup dried dates
- 2/3 cup dried apple chips
- 1/2 cup seeds (we like a mix of pepitas and sunflower seeds)
- heaped 1/2 cup sultanas
- desiccated coconut (for rolling)
- Place all ingredients (except for coconut) into a food processor and blitz until fully incorporated but not totally smooth (you want a bit of texture).
- If you have a small processor, don't overcrowd it – start with the dates and once they are blitzed, add the apple chips, then blitz those, and then add the seeds and sultanas in turn.
- Roll mixture into balls or logs and roll in the desiccated coconut to coat.
- If making logs, pop them into the fridge for an hour or two before cutting into pieces – it will be easier.
- Store in the fridge.
The balls or log pieces will last about a week in the fridge. They’re perfect as a little healthy treat for kids’ lunch boxes.