Stupidity/Good lesson? …and Chocolate Balls

Today I spent more than a few minutes sewing a patch (badly I may add) to a pair of my daughters leggings. Considering they were very cheap and have been worn to death already I did it more for her than for me being ‘good’ and not wanting to waste the worlds resources… I don’t really like the throw away culture but can’t decide if this was going a step too far!thumb_IMG_0842_1024

But she was happy and the leggings are now in the wash as I had not washed them pre fixing hence they are still blood splattered from her bike fall.  Whilst I did my sewing they also played and made things out of toilet rolls – we are not allowed to trow anything away.  It felt like quality time as I have to admit I am not a very good PLAYING mother. I don’t really like to play, is that a terrible thing to admit to?

To compensate I figured that I would make chocolate balls for my daughters end of term celebrations at nursery.  It is very funny to have these events as they go to nursery the day after as usual. But they like to do their show and it is great to be there.  In Sweden these used to the called ‘Negerbollar’… you can probably figure our what that translated to into English.  Not so strangely that is no longer an acceptable name for them – chocolate balls is also a more descriptive term form them!  Chocolate balls is one of those things that most kids get to make quite early on as no oven is required.  Here is I use Birch Sugar/Xylitol – I try to use only sugar substitutes in their natural formats such as honey, maple syrup, dates etc.  In this case I think the sugar crunch adds a lot hence I have used Birch Sugar.

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  • 100 g melted butter
  • 1/2 dl birch sugar/xylitol
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp cacao
  • 3 dl oats (gluten free)
  • 1.5 tbsp strong coffee
  • Desiccated coconut to roll the balls in

Melt the butter and let it simmer a few minutes (this gives the chocolate balls a slight toffee taste).  In many recipes the butter is not melted if so just rub the butter in with your hands. During the melting mix all the other ingredients (except the coconut) in a bowl and then add the melted butter.  Let the mixture cool before you roll into balls and cover in desiccated coconut.  Keep them in the freezer and take them out a few minutes before you want to eat them. If I take them to a picnic I use a Frozzypack. Such a good idea for keeping things cool out and about.

Albeit summer is not making itself known here in Sweden there is one thing that highlights the fact that summer is upon us. I get ridiculously excited about the fact that I have fresh flowers free on my doorstep. I went for a run this morning and picked these one the way home!

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