Caramel Bliss Balls

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Caramel Bliss Balls

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: No cooking
Difficulty rating: Easy
Age recommendation: 1 year and over

Ingredients:

Makes 18 walnut size balls.

  • 1 cup of almonds (120g)
  • 1 cup of cashews (105g)
  • 4 tablespoons of pure maple syrup (65g)
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon natural vanilla
  • 18 white chocolate buttons (optional decoration)

Method:

  1. Place the almonds and cashews in a food processor and mill until they form a paste with a smooth consistency.
  2. Add maple syrup, vanilla and salt to the nut paste. Continue mixing in the food processor until all ingredients are well combined.
  3. Roll dessertspoon-sized portions into a ball between the palms of your hands. Continue rolling balls until all the mixture is used.
  4. Optional: Place a white chocolate button (or another similar treat) on the top of each ball for a decoration.

Tips:

  • These yummy caramel balls are great treats for kids and the perfect healthier snack to serve at kids parties (as long as there are no nut allergies).
  • These balls are a good way for young children to eat nuts as they are completely smooth and not a choking risk. However, remember as there is added sugar in the form of maple syrup, this recipe is still a treat rather than an everyday snack food. Nut butter with no added sugar would be better as an everyday nut dip or snack food.

Quantities for calculations:

  • 1 cup of almonds (120g)
  • 1 cup of cashews (105g)
  • 4 tablespoons of pure maple syrup (65g)
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon natural vanilla
  • 12 white chocolate buttons (optional decoration)

Nutritional content:

Nutritional content per ball (around the size of a walnut):

With chocolate button

Per 19g serve

Without the chocolate button

Per 16.5g serve

 Energy

411 kJ
101 cal
 Energy356 kJ
87 cal

Protein

2.57 g Protein

2.39 g

 Total fat

7.41 g Total fat

6.58 g

 Saturated fat

1.26 g Saturated fat

0.74 g

 Carbohydrates

5.33 g Carbohydrates

3.96 g

 Total sugars

4.13 g Total sugars

2.77 g

Fibre

0.84 gFibre

0.84 g

 Sodium

24.36 mg Sodium

22.41 mg

 Cholesterol

0.5 mg Cholesterol

0 mg

 Potassium

96.55 mg Potassium

88.8 mg

Calcium

26.84 mgCalcium

21.09 mg

Iron

0.60 mgIron

0.60 mg

Zinc0.74 mgZinc

0.72 mg

References

  1. Food Standards Australia and New Zealand. AUSNUT 2011-13 Food Nutrient Database. 2013. [cited 6 August 2016]. Available from: [URL Link]
  2. National Health and Medical Research Council. Eat for Health- Infant Feeding Guidelines- Information for Health Workers. 2012. (cited 10 April 2016). Available from: DF File]
Date Created: August 31, 2016 Date Modified: August 3, 2017

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