Sometimes I feel like I’m not giving baby Blu enough variety in her diet. We can be on the go, and she ends up eating similar things so I suffer bad mum guilt. Today I decided to create a variety of snack balls for her that I can have handy in the freezer. I had already created the “Almond & Apricot Balls,” however today’s creation have a very distinct taste because of the combination of the ingredients. I wasn’t sure if she would like, but she definitely gobbled up what I gave her, so thats a win. (I should make it clear that my little one has been exposed to a variety of foods and textures since she was very young so the ingredients in these balls were nothing new for her.)
Of course, these tasty healthy snacks are adult friendly also. I just ate one and they are pretty yummy and definitely nutritious.
Here is why you should get some tahini into your and your little ones (if you have one) diets. First things first, tahini is made from ground sesame seeds (not everyone knows this.) When buying tahini, always make sure that there are no added sugars or oils.
Tahini is extremely high in protein. In fact, it has more protein than milk and most seeds and nuts.
It is a rich source of B vitamins that boost energy and brain function. Tahini also contains iron, which is great especially for those following a plant based diet.
Sesame seeds are a good source of amino acids, B Vitamins, Vitamin E, trace minerals and fatty acids. These all help with skin cell rejuvenation and prevent early signs of aging.
Tahini has other benefits, but let’s move on to magic maca powder, also featured in this recipe.
Maca can boost energy and mood. It has been shown to provide sustained energy throughout the day without the jittery crash of caffeine. We could all do with a little more grounded energy to help us truly appreciate all the moments in this life.
Maca can help balance hormone levels by nourishing and stimulating the adrenal glands. As an adaptogenic herb, Maca supports normal hormone production while also supporting natural detoxification of the liver.
Maca is an adaptogenic superfood. It provides key macro and micronutrients along with unique plant compounds to support an active human body. Maca is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, copper, zinc, calcium, and iron. It contains all eight essential amino acids and plenty of phytonutrients.
Finally let me give you a little overview of “Bee Pollen,” another superfood that gave these balls their name.
Bee Pollen is considered one of nature’s most complete foods due to its comprehensive and balanced nutrient profile. This complete protein is rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and anti-oxidants. It is considered an immune system builder that will also enhance vitality.
Bee pollen is also a great brain booster. It lifts brain fatigue, improves alertness and helps concentration levels over an extended period of time. Bee Pollen is rich in B Vitamins. These are essential for a healthy nervous system and powerful detoxifiers, especially for the brain. They are often referred to as “anti-stress” or “morale” vitamins. When the nervous system is working optimally, anxiety and stress can be greatly lessened.
Apricot, Tahini & Bee Pollen Super Baby Balls
How to cook Apricot, Tahini & Bee Pollen Super Baby Balls
- Pour rolled oats, maca, salt, and desiccated coconut into a blender. Blend until you have flour then transfer to a large mixing bowl.
- In the mixing bowl add bee pollen and hemp seeds. Mix together.
- In the blender add coconut oil, tahini, and apricots. Blend until you have a paste. This mixture will not be completely smooth however the apricots will not be lumpy.
- Mix all ingredients in the mixing bowl. I prefer to use my hands.
- Roll into small balls. Place in the freezer or fridge in an airtight container ready to eat on demand :)
- Be sure to tag me on Instagram if you make this recipe. I love seeing my recipes in other kitchens :)
I love to use food as medicine, and it makes me extra happy to start exposing my little one to all my favorite superfoods. We help create our child’s palate. For this reason, I look forward to showing you many more baby friendly recipes.