Vegan Strawberry Snack Bombs
At the request of my coworkers and friends, I am bringing you an extremely adapted version of the cocoa bombs my grandma used to make when I was little. Being more conscious about the effect the food has on both ourselves and the environment, consider this version 4.0. Vegan and utterly delicious. Twenty years ago, my grandma was making great efforts to get me into cooking. She succeeded for a few brief years, after which I lost interest and regained it in my very late twenties. It´s been long ago but I still remember twisting the dough through my fingers and my palms, shaping it into small bombs and then running them through coconut flakes. Having said that, I recently decided to pick up the recipe again, twitch it and make it waaaay healthier. It only takes about 10 minutes to make and the only thing to be careful about is where you store them. A wild boyfriend ate half of the ones I made yesterday, raiding the fridge in the middle of the night. Don´t say I didn´t warn you.
Vegan Snack Bombs Recipe
(for about 20 bombs)
100g dehydrated or semi-dehydrated fruit
2 tablespoons of oats
1 cup of almonts
1/2 cup of nuts
1 cup of raisins or dates
2 tablespoons of maple syrup (or honey)
1 cup of coconut flakes for decoration
*the exact amounts of each ingredient depends very much on the products themselves so make sure you play around with the amounts and go for whatever works for you.
1. The key ingredient is some sort of dehydrated or semi-dehydrated fruit. For this edition, I chose semi-dehydrated strawberry but I´ve also tried this with figs, raspberries and apricots and it was just as delicious.
2. Next, get yourself the almonds and some nuts. Add the dates or raisins, some oats and mix them all, along with the fruit, in a blender.
3. Pour in some maple syrup until the consistency is dough-y but not too slimy. I´ve also done vegetarian versions of this by adding honey to it. Should you choose to, make sure you either balance the honey and the maple syrup or replace the maple syrup altogether. Mix it all in a blender once again and stop once the consistency seems right.
4. Next, shape the dough into little "bombs" or any other shape that you or your kids think looks cool. Roll through some coconut flakes and let chill in the fridge for an hour before devouring.