I love poppy seeds, I remember from my childhood my mum’s poppy seed cakes, strudels and tarts… they were so fluffy and heavenly. Since then each time I have something made with poppy seeds I think of my home and family back in the Czech Republic. I have my mummy staying with me at the moment and she brought these lovely poppy seed snowballs. Made with 4 ingredients, poppy seeds are the star ingredient. Did you know that poppy seeds are high in calcium and iron? Perfect for those, who like me, are anaemic and need a natural resource of iron that does the job but tastes good too.
Research has shown that if you eat poppy seeds on a regular basis it can significantly contribute to the prevention of osteoporosis, as well as with calcium deficiency. It is also brilliant for your hair, nails and teeth.
Poppy seed snowballs recipe
I find these poppy seed snowballs highly satisfying when I have a sweet tooth. I just pop 3 or 4 in my mouth and the cravings are gone. I never binge on these because they are truly satisfying and rich in flavour. I keep them in the fridge or freezer and take them out when desired.
You can get ground poppy seeds in Asda in the baking section or from Amazon. I know sometimes you don’t want to buy food from Amazon, but trust me when I say they are worth the purchase plus they are not expensive at all and will last you for ages. The below recipe makes up to 25 balls.
- 125 gr ground poppy seeds
- 50 gr walnuts or hazelnuts
- 50 gr dried figs or raisins or dates
- 1 tbsp date syrup (or any other liquid sweetener)
- Shredded coconut for rolling
- Roughly chop up the nuts and mix them with roughly chopped up figs. Cover with water and soak them for 24 hours. Don’t put too much water, you only need just enough to cover otherwise it might be too watery.
- Once soaked add the date syrup and ground poppy seeds.
- Form small balls and roll them in the shredded coconut
- Place in the fridge to set for an hour
There you have it, so simple and delicious, packed with nutrients and flavours. If you have any poppy seeds left don’t forget to make my poppy seed cookies! Get your imagination flowing.