Here's what you need:
- 1 cup of wild foraged nuts (we used hazelnuts, as there where plenty in my dad's yard), but you can use any nut
- a tablespoon coconut oil
- about 2 to 5 medjool dates (or use some honey), depending on how sweet you want them (sometimes I even omit this, hazelnuts and coconut oil are quite sweet on their own, but some people may like these balls a bit sweeter).
- a teaspoon of lamb's quarter's/fat hen seed *
- a tablespoon of dried and ground field horsetail **
- as a finishing touch: some grated coconut or carob/cocoa powder. Sesame and hemp seeds can be used as well.
Place the nuts in a food processor. Blend into small chunks. Melt the coconut oil on a very low fire and add. Next, add the wild edibles. Blend again. Taste and add dates/honey to taste. Take small pieces of the batch and roll into balls. If things aren’t coming together, feel free to add in more dates/honey/coconut oil or even a splash of water to get things moving.
To finish: roll the balls into some grated coconut, carob or cacao powder or sesame/hemp seeds.
These are versatile and sometimes we add some dried wild berries as well: redcurrants, sea buckthorn, mulberries, cranberries, gooseberries, cowberries/lingonberries. Whatever we were able to find.
My kids love to make these nutrient-dense treats, and they usually disappear as fast as we can make them. They were a big hit on one of their birthday parties as well.
* Chenopodium album
English: Lamb's quarters, also known as melde, (white) goosefoot and fat-hen
Dutch: Melganzenvoet, witte ganzevoet
French: Chénopode blanc, ansérine blanche, poule grasse, drageline, senousse, blé-blanc, herbe aux vendangeurs, chou gras
German: Weiße Gänsefuß, Weiß-Gänsefuß
** Equisetum arvense
English: Field horsetail, oblivion horsetail, common horsetail
Dutch: Heermoes, roobol, akkerpaardenstaart, unjer
French: Prêle des champs, Queue de rat, Queue de Renard, Queue de Cheval
German: Acker-Schachtelhalm, Zinnkraut, Acker-Zinnkraut, Katzenwedel, Pferdeschwanz, Schaftheu, Pfannebutzer, Scheuerkraut