Making raw halva truffles is a great rainy day toddler activity. They are super easy to make and require no cooking. H had a great time rolling the balls that I passed to him in either cocoa powder, sesame seeds or coconut. Be warned however, it is a pretty messy activity, so a nice sunny day outside would be just as fun, with a lot less clean up. I adapted this recipe from the Coles magazine. I used what ever I had in the cupboard that was similar to the original. Such as popped amaranth, because I love the stuff, but don’t go out and buy it especially for this recipe, add a bit of something else that you have on hand and experiment a little. Just be sure to use the tahini, it is the magical ingredient… They also freeze really well, so make a large batch and freeze them for another day – did I mention they are also healthy!
- 1 cup medjool dates loosely packed (pits removed, no need to chop)
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/4 cup popped amaranth
- 1 tablespoon honey
- coconut , sesame seeds (natural or toasted) and cocoa powder to coat balls
Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until the mixture is finely chopped. Check to see if you can roll a ball from the mixture, if it is a little dry add a little more tahini.
Roll a tablespoon portion of the mixture into balls
Place the coconut, sesame and cocoa powder into separate bowls and pass the balls to your little ones to coat
Makes about 20 balls