These milo balls are so quick and easy to make and are a real favourite in our house! There are so many different recipes for milo balls around, but the one I like the most is one I found from Peta, from The Road to Loving my Thermomix. In addition to being able to make these quickly and easily in my Thermomix (if you don’t have a Thermomix, a food processor will absolutely do the trick), the recipe calls for half as much sweetened condensed milk as many of the other recipes I have seen, and therefore they are not overly sweet. They even got my mum’s approval, and she is not a sweet tooth!
I adapted the recipe slightly, using skimmed condensed milk, vanilla essence (instead of vanilla bean paste) and Arnott’s granita biscuits rather than the shortbread biscuits. I often use the granita biscuits rather than other plain biscuits in recipes as they have a bit more nutritional value in terms of fat content, fibre and sodium. I have included the Arnott’s biscuit nutritional value table as I found it quite interesting (yes, I am a saddo – but my whole life is about these little tables since we learned of Grace’s peanut allergy!)
It is amazing to see how a simple substitute of biscuit can have quite a significant impact on the nutritional value of the underlying recipe in terms of fat, sugar, fibre etc.
Anyway, back to the milo balls!!
You can find the original recipe that I referred to from The Road to Loving my Thermomix right here! Alternatively, you can read on for my adaptation!
These little truffle like balls of milo-ey goodness are great for lunch boxes – if they last long enough to be packed – and are also a great, simple recipe to get little hands helping in the kitchen. (I can’t be held responsible for the coconut avalanche that is likely to stream off your kitchen bench in the final ‘coating’ phase if little hands are helping here (😁)…but just think of the memories!! 😄
250g Arnott’s granita biscuits (or whichever plain biscuit you prefer)
50g of milo
50g desiccated coconut (plus extra for rolling the balls in at the end)
1 tsp vanilla essence
200ml of skim condensed milk
24 mini patty pans (if desired)
(I know this picture shows Arnott’s Scotch Finger but before whizzing these up I found a pack of granitas and switched it up!!)
Prep time: 15 minutes
Chill time: 15 minutes
Servings: 24 milo balls
Put the biscuits into your thermomix or food processor and blitz until they form a fine crumb.
Add the remaining ingredients and blitz again until a sticky mixture is formed. You may need to scrape down the sides of your food processor and whizz again a couple of times to make sure the mixture is combined properly.
Sprinkle some desiccated coconut onto a plate.
Roll tbsp size portions of the mixture into balls, then roll the balls into the coconut mixture and place into the patty pans. If you find the mixture is a little bit sticky to handle – pop in the fridge to chill for about 15-20 minutes before continuing to roll.
And voila! Milo balls for the win – ready to eat straight away! 😋
These are super delicious with a cup of tea, or a lovely lunchbox treat for the kids.
I keep these in a tupperware in the fridge, but always let them return to room temperature before eating as they can get quite hard when chilled.