Caramel bliss balls

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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
 Energy 356 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 g Fibre

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 mg Calcium

21.09 mg

Iron

0.60 mg Iron

0.60 mg

Zinc 0.74 mg Zinc

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]
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Date Created: August 31, 2016 Date Modified: July 3, 2018