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Sunflower Seed-Banana-Date Pops

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 in Blog, Snacks, Sweet Tweets | 0 comments

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School holidays are always fun. But they can also be full of mess and chaos that little people create. For example: Miss B loves to cook. At every opportunity, she grabs her cookbook and is pouring over recipes and begging to use the kitchen to bake (wonder where she gets that from 😉 ).

Last holidays it was the meringue disaster. Did anyone see that video of the lady cooking meringues in the microwave? No? Well, Miss B did. And so off she went – like a little wind-up toy. Out came the eggs, the sugar, the baking paper and oh, the delicious mess. The delicious disaster that the meringues were.  She tried problem solving why they weren’t working. She must have tried a dozen variations, but none of them worked! But  through it all she learnt heaps. Moeover, she had a great time.

But meringues aren’t all that healthy. And I’d rather she experiemented with recipes that encourage intuative eating and baking, rather than concocting sugary tweets. So here’s another super easy, super healthy, super yummy tweet. It makes fantastic use of sunflower seeds, but you can easily use pepitas, or a combination of them both.

The only sugars are the natural sugars found in the dates and banana. It’s dangerously simply to make and dangerously easy to eat. They’re great for lunchboxes as they’re nutfree and low GI giving little engines the right amount of burn. Plus little people can make them. Little people can decorate them. And it’s not a drama if little people sneak one or two. 🙂

1 banana, mashed 

5 Medjool dates OR 7 -8 dried dates, soaked in boiling water for 30mins. 

1/2 cup sunflower seeds, freshly roasted and freshly ground

Heat oven to 150oC

Roast the sunflower seeds – either in a pan or in the oven or in a popcorn maker.

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Once they turn golden brown and start to pop, they’re done. Grind into a meal in a food processor or Ninja or Thermomix or any machine that blitzs things!

Blitz the banana and the dates to smooth. Add the sunflower seed meal and give it all a good razz.

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Spoon mixture into lightly greased pop moulds. If you want to make little rounds, then put even mixture into matching halves. You can put little surprises into the middle of the pops, if you like. I put cranberries, roasted buckwheat, roasted sunflower seeds and seseme seeds in. Other options might include carob, raisins or sultanas, goji berries, a chocolate button. The possibilities are endless.

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Put into oven and cook for around 15 mins. Allow to sit for 5 mins before pulling moulds apart. Give the Grunkies some chocolate or a jam or icing and let them decorate.

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