Nut free, gluten free, grain-free.
What’s not to love? These are fast to make and give you lunchbox fillers for a month. Just make a batch and keep them in the freezer and you have yummy lunchbox treats ready to go.
This also makes my hubby very happy when I sneak off to the gym twice a week and leave him to make school lunches. (Yes the poor man is left making three paleo-style grain-free lunches some days. Sometimes I think I can hear him swearing as I reverse down the drive…) But I know if I have pre-prepared things in the fridge and freezer it makes everyone’s mornings a lot smoother. Phew!
Keeping up with the demands of hungry kids isn’t always easy when you are trying to feed your kids real food. But we always make it – and I promise to share my best, fast lunchbox fillers with you.
Why do I bother?
Well real food gave me back one of my children from debilitating ADHD. I also know that real, unprocessed paleo-style food is packed full of vitamins and nutrients. Meat, veggies, fresh and dried fruit, eggs, coconut, real butter – you get the idea.
Kids can’t build their growing bodies and beautiful minds out of thin air. They can only do it with the vitamins, minerals we feed them. If we don’t pack enough goodness in there, eventually the body (or the mind) breaks down and is subject to allergies, illness or behaviour disorders.
The reality is that all grains contain phytic acid. A mineral blocker that prevents absorption of calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc. If you soak your grains first you can minimise this (like with real sourdough bread) but who actually does this?
And now we have the modern diet which has toast for breakfast, muffins for morning tea, sandwiches for lunch and pasta for dinner. (Hmm sounds like my old low-fat “healthy diet’…) This is just too much grain and creates negative nutrition.
These raw truffles are sweetened with bananas but they also use 1/2 cup of tahini which is a paste of ground sesame seeds. Tahini is rich in magnesium, phosphorous, iron and potassium. It’s 20% protein and one of the best sources of calcium. It’s also full of B vitamins and vitamin E.
Raw Banana Truffles
- 2 large bananas
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup hulled tahini unhulled is too bitter
- 1/4 cup sultanas
- 1/4 cup desiccated or shredded coconut for rolling
- Mix mashed banana with coconut flour and tahini.
- Stir in sultanas.
- The batter should now be like a dough you can roll into small balls. If your mixture is too thick add a teaspoon of water or 2.
- Place coconut into a small bowl and roll balls in coconut.
- Place on baking-paper lined tray and freeze. When frozen you can place in a container in your freezer.
- Simply pop in lunchbox and they will defrost by morning tea time.