DATE BALLS

DATE BALLS Corlea Tried Tested

200g package of plain biscuits like Arrowroot or plain tea biscuits
500g regular pitted dates
225g butter
1 egg, beaten
2/3 cup sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
Unsweetened coconut to coat

Melt butter, sugar, and vanilla together in a saucepan.
Add dates and simmer until entire mixture is soft – it takes a good 20-30 minutes, even with constant stirring and mushing!
Temper the egg into the mixture and cook together for another few minutes.
Break the biscuits into small pieces (this might involve a hammer or heavy rolling pin) in a large bowl.
Add the date mixture to the biscuits and mix to combine.
Allow it to cool (I did about 20 minutes in the fridge) and then roll into balls.
Roll each ball in unsweetened coconut to coat.

Source: Corlea Smit – an old recipe compilation between friends
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Vegan Zucchini Brownies

Vegan Zucchini Brownies  Tried Tested

INGREDIENTS:
½ Cup Coconut Sugar
¼ Cup Molasses
½ Cup Coconut Oil
1 Cup White Whole Wheat Flour
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
¼ Cup Cocoa Powder
2 Cups Shredded Zucchini
2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 ½ Teaspoon Baking Soda
Optional: Crushed Pecans for on top

*Note:
Original recipe asks for 1 ½ Cups of Sugar. I did half that sweetness and used Coconut Sugar and Molasses instead. It also asks for 3/4 Cup of Vegan Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips. I didn’t have any and honestly it doesn’t need it, but I’m sure will add some yummy gooey-ness to it if you did have some. We are not big sweet tooths and low/no sugar for the most part. This was a fun activity for our toddler and I, and for sure killed a chocolate craving I was having  so if you are someone that has a sweet tooth, you can for sure add more sugar and chocolate chips!

INSTRUCTIONS:
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Coat an 8×8 baking dish with oil of choice (I used coconut).
In a mixer combine sugar, oil, and flour until the mixture resembles wet sand.
Add cocoa, zucchini, vanilla, salt, and baking soda. Mix until well combined.
(Hand stir in the chocolate chips.)
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the crushed pecans on top if you desire. Bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out with moist crumbs clinging.
Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares and serve.

Source: Sarien Slabbert
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Milo Balls

milo balls modified Tried Tested

Ingredients
1 x 250g packet Marie biscuit, crushed
½ x tin condensed milk
½ x cup applesauce
10 x tablespoon milo
1 cup coconut
3 x 1/3 cup oats
Extra coconut for rolling

Method
In a large bowl crush biscuits until fine. (This works well in a food processor if you have 1)
Add the milo, coconut and condensed milk, applesauce, oats and mix until it’s well combined.
Put in the freezer for 1hour makes it easier to roll.
Roll teaspoon full into balls with your hand and then roll in coconut to coat.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm. I like it better in the freezer.

Source: Toni Schell (modified version)
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Toni’s comment:  My husband loved them and I made the adjustments in the recipe.

Milo Balls

Milo Balls Tried Tested

Ingredients
1 x 250g packet marie biscuit, crushed
1 x tin condensed milk
4 x tablespoon milo
½ cup coconut
Extra coconut for rolling

Method
In a large bowl crush biscuits until fine. (This works well in a food processor if you have 1)
Add the milo, coconut and condense milk and mix until it’s well combined.
Roll teaspoon full into balls with your hand and then roll in coconut to coat.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.

Posted by Toni Schell
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