These tropical oat balls are sure to add a little sunshine to your day. Made with pineapple and coconut, to me, they scream summer.
I started working on this recipe just over a month ago, we had just come into winter and I needed a little something to remind me of the long summer days. The smell of coconut makes me instantly think of summer and if I add some pineapple to the mix and I can automatically visualise myself by the pool.
This is my first winter in Sydney and really, coming from Scotland, it isn’t really winter. In fact most days are hotter than a Scottish summer. It feels really cold though, although the days are quite nice the mornings and evenings are bitter and our house is so cold that most days I have to go outside to warm up! I never thought I’d have to buy an electric blanket when I moved here but I really couldn’t live without it!
Enough about the weather, this is a kid food blog after all (although I feel I should really start a weather blog as it is my favourite topic to talk about!)
I love making balls like these Tropical Oat Balls as they are so easy to adapt to suit dietary needs, tastes or what you have available to hand. I deliberately made these nut free so I could add them to my son’s lunch box. To be honest, balls like these aren’t something I make all the time. Both my boys love fruit and I’d rather they ate fruit in its natural state, with a handful of nuts or seeds, than whizzed up in balls. The added dried fruit make them higher in sugar and I definitely would consider these as an occasional food rather than an everyday one.
If you are looking for a lower sugar ball then check out my blueberry balls or raspberry oat balls, they are sweetened only by the fruit and have no dried fruit. I even serve them as part of a breakfast.
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Tropical Oat Balls
- 1 cup (90g) Rolled oats
- 1/4 cup (35g) Linseed Meal
- 1 cup (200g) Canned Pineapple Chunks
- 1 cup (80g) Desiccated Coconut (+ extra for rolling)
- 1 tsp Crushed Ginger
- 1/4 cup (60g) Dried Apricot
- Add all the ingredients to a food processor and blitz until combined.
- Roll into balls of desired size and roll in desiccated coconut to coat.
- Store in an airtight container.