I am glad I did eventually get to these, because they delivered exactly what I was hoping for. The peach provides the dominant flavour, but hemp seeds and puffed cereal mellow out the sweetness and give texture contrast too. These are a little lighter to eat than traditional fruit and nut balls, but are just as satisfying.
Hemp seeds can still be hard to find in Australia, given that it isn't legal to sell them for edible use. It is legal to sell them for edible use in America and the UK, and hemp seeds are not going to induce an altered cognitive state (this Australian news article does a nice job of summarising the nutritional and cultural characteristics of hemp seeds). To get around this, most Australian health food stores stock hemp seeds with a label explaining their possible uses in body butter or body scrubs. If you choose to use them in another way, well, that isn't the responsibility of the store.
If you do have trouble finding hemp seeds, sunflower seeds could work in these balls instead. Otherwise, they would also be enjoyable made with almonds or cashews.
Peach and hemp snack balls
An easy nut-free snack that delivers just the right amount of sweetness
Makes 14 medium-large snack balls
Food processor required
I cup loosely packed dried peaches (130-140g)
1 cup natural puffed cereal of choice (e.g., puffed millet, puffed rice) (15-20g)
1/3 cup hemp seeds (20-25g)
2 tbsp peanut butter or almond butter
1 tsp vanilla
Up to 1 tbsp water, if needed
Roughly chop the dried peaches and then add to your food processor along with the puffed cereal and hemp seeds. Process until finely ground.
Add the nut butter and vanilla and process until the mixture starts to clump together. If needed, gradually add a little water to help bind the mixture.
Roll the mixture into 14 or so medium-large balls. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving, and then store in the refrigerator.
Submitted to Ricki's Wellness Weekend and Healthy Vegan Fridays.
Do you have any favourite uses for hemp seeds?