“Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
And if the experiment sounds healthy and convincing for a kid to eat I will try my hands on it without a doubt.
Cant believe it has been a week since my girl started going to kindergarten. Each day she comes home with lot of stories to share. All about new school, how good and fun her class teacher is, who she sits with during lunch in cafeteria among many others….and evidently kids who she sits with packs lunch from home like her even better one of them has same lunch box as her. On first day that friend actually helped her to open the lunchbox. Whole ice tray thing is new in this household. So far we have nothing but good review for this new sandwich lunch block from Rubbermaid. I love how each container snaps to each other on one another, avoids flipping over and leaks, works conveniently with our Vera Bradley lunch tote.
Going back to experimenting with recipe here I am sharing tried and approved treats from my kids and family members. Truffles. Yes and these are not ordinary truffles. They are sugar free, gluten free and packed with iron, high in dietary fibers, full of antioxidants, potassium & B-6 with goodness of nuts.
Fig, Dates and nuts truffles, a no guilt power treat.
One of my friend had suggested similar go to snack made with Dates and nuts during my pregnancy as natural source of iron instead of supplements. My other good friend had sent me dates rolls and walnut rolls. I remembered them being sooo good. And I started to work with the ingredients.
This idea actually came after our recent trip to Dubai. We had brought back various treats made with local dates. One of them was bite-size date morsels, covered with pistachio, almonds, coconut and white and milk chocolate sprinkles. We adored them and everyone including my then 15 months old loved them.
For my girl I had even sweeter surprise. I sneaked one M&M in each one of her truffle. Each different color, made it in to game to find out the color of the day! A sweet surprise to find in lunchbox. A sure thing to delight her. My sticky way of saying to her, I love you.
Fruit & Nut Truffles
Fig, Dates, Walnuts and Almonds filled power treat.
Prep | Cook | Total Time
10min 5min 15min
Recipe type: Snack
Yield: 3 Dozens (2 bite size) Or 1.5 Dozen Larger size
Level: Very Easy
2 cup chopped firmly packed dates, California Medjool dates or similar (Medjool dates are plump, moist and luscious)
1 cup chopped dried figs
1 cup ground walnut
1 cup ground almonds
1/4 tsp saffron strands
1 tbsp Honey
1 tbsp clarified butter (Ghee)
1/4 cup finely grated coconut for sprinkle
1 pk of M & M (Optional)
Chop dates and figs. Warm clarified butter and saute mix for few minutes until figs become tender or until the kitchen is filled with sweet aroma. It should not take more than 4-5 minutes for one batch. Now give couple wirl in food processor leaving it chunky or paste like consistency depending upon your choice.
Grind walnuts and almonds separately. If you are having trouble grinding walnuts you can add granulated sugar (optional) to help the process. Walnuts are soft and releases oil as it gets warm while grinding. Add saffron strands along with almonds while grinding that way saffron gets incorporated well.
Now mix everything except coconut in a stand mixer or you can mix everything with hands. If the mixer turns out bit dry add a tbsp of honey to soften a little. Using small ice cream scoop roll out truffles or divide them in to two truffles for smaller size. It yields couple dozens small, 2-bite size treats. Now to finish roll each of them in finely grated coconut, slivered almonds, candy sprinkles or leave it plain as it suites your fancy.
For school treats and to make it fun for kids I stuffed one regular size M & M in each truffle. Had fun being a kid here. Isn’t that M&M is all about remembering childhood and good times.
Share your favorite treat which is also your sweetheart’s special treat that he or she likes to take in school lunch box. Cant wait to feature them on my blog.