After-school booster

Today, I invite a British mum living in Aberdeen to contribute to Sweet Cabane, Vanessa Gerbrandy. She’s been cooking since her childhood and now  loves doing this activity with her daughters, Florence (4)  and Helena(8). She has just launched a cooking blog for parents and kids : Wild Flours, which will surely be a hit!

Vanessa will give you here a great recipe, easy-to-make and full of good ingredients  You can make these energy balls with your kids : it’s lot of fun!


We’ve been back to school for three weeks now and we’ve noticed the nights are becoming darker and the days slightly cooler – autumn is on the way. But with that so is the tiredness and the added hunger children have when returning from school.

We have recently begun making energy balls for the girls (and me) to have when we return from our school day for our little gouter. They are so simple, and so good for you and such fun for little hands to help out with.

Here’s the recipe for around 20 little balls.


  • 200 grams almonds
  • 300 grams pitted dates
  • 4 tablespoons raw cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • the juice of 3 clementines or 2 oranges
  • 50 grams desiccated coconut (optional)

Begin by blitzing the almonds in the food processor for about 30 seconds. Add the dates and whiz together until they are both completely formed. Add the cocoa powder and give it another blitz. At this point you may need to scrape the mixture from the sides. Add the chia seeds and the coconut oil together with the juice of the clementines.

Once it’s all formed transfer it to a large mixing bowl and allow the children to give it a good mix through with a wooden spoon. I always ask my girls to mix something by hand as I believe it gives them the idea of how the mixture should feel. It’s also a great excuse to have a little taste test!

Crédit photo : Vanessa Gerbrandy
Crédit photo : Vanessa Gerbrandy
Crédit photo : Vanessa Gerbrandy
Crédit photo : Vanessa Gerbrandy
Crédit photo : Vanessa Gerbrandy
Crédit photo : Vanessa Gerbrandy

Roll the mixture into balls. We tend to split the mixture in two and leave half of the balls plain and the other we coat in coconut just to give a nice choice. Place them in the fridge for an hour to set. Storing them in an airtight container in the fridge will allow them to stay fresh for a few days.


I hope you all have a wonderful start back to school and keep the energy going with these delicious treats.

Next Monday, Emilie will write a special children’s fashion post, with a selection of young brands from all across Europe.

Lots of love,



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