Spring rain: Making bliss balls!
Kids at Home The Bay
Max loves lemons! A favourite is lemon juice with soda water! So today while the rain fell down we listened to music and made Chelsea Winter's 'Luscious Lemony Coconut Balls'.
Baking is a fantastic way to introduce maths to young children. Maths is relevant to all strands of Te Whāriki. In particular the communication strand where they experience the symbols of their culture, including that of numbers and other mathematical concepts. Also the Exploration strand, where children develop working theories and learn strategies for active exploration, thinking and reasoning.
Ask your child/ren to count out eggs or scoop ingredients into a measuring cup. When reading a recipe out loud and working through it together you are introducing new vocabulary to your child/ren and promoting literacy.
Baking also encourages children to open up to new flavours and textures, explore their senses and boosts their confidence by achieving a sense of accomplishment! Even if the end results are not exactly what you had in mind, always praise their efforts!
Lets get started!
- 2 1/2 cups desiccated coconut (plus extra for rolling in)
- 1 Cup of raw unsalted cashew nuts
- 3/4 cup of sunflower seeds
- 1/3 cup of extra virgin coconut oil
- 1/3 cup of honey
- zest of 5 lemons
- 2 tbsp of lemon juice
- 1/2 fine salt
Add all of the ingredients except the extra coconut to a food processor and process until smooth, stopping and scraping down the sidesa couple of times so the mixture combines easily.
Using clean, slighly wet cold hands, pinch and roll the mixture into walnut sized balls. Add the extra coconut to a bowl and coat each ball.
Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for whenever you need a little splash of lemony sweetness or send home to gift to Mum and Dad! Best served chilled.