No Bake Mocha Energy Balls – Recipe

Mocha Energy Balls

Keep energised with these mocha flavoured energy balls.

We’re big fans of no bake and energy balls in our house and are constantly thinking of new recipes. I personally think that homemade ones taste far better than any shop commercialised. They are much more fulfilling and with each batch you can make up to 25 balls at a fraction of shop bought prices.

Mocha energy balls in a bowl

These balls only have 1 tbsp of coffee in them plus I used decaffeinated, so they shouldn’t give you too much of a buzz (unless you eat them all – which is possible as they are very moreish)

No Bake Mocha Energy Balls

No baking needed for this simple recipe

Course Snack
Keyword quick, no bake, energy balls,

Ingredients

  • 150 grams Rolled Organic Oats
  • 2 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 2 tbsp Cacao Powder Heaped tablespoon
  • 3 tbsp Ground Flaxseed
  • 2 tbsp Raw Organic Coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp Ground Decaff Coffee
  • 1 tbsp Maca Powder
  • 1 tbsp Chia Seeds
  • Shredded Coconut

Instructions

  1. Place all of the ingredients, apart from the shredded coconut in a bowl

  2. Mix together until the mixture is fully combined and resembles a dough like consistency

    Mocha mixture in the bowl
  3. Take a tbsp of the mixture, mould and roll into a ball in your hand

  4. Roll the balls in the shredded coconut (preference)

  5. Place in the fridge to set. keep them stored in the fridge for when needed

The first energy balls we made were no bake protein balls and using the same process of adding in the ingredients we have also made other energy balls

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A hand that holds my heart – A mothers love

16 years and 7 months ago, I held a tiny little helpless hand in mine and vowed to myself that I would be the best Mum that I could be for him.

That first touch taught me what love really was. In an instant I knew I had an unconditional love, a love that was so pure and strong.

A sudden overwhelming urge of protectiveness.

He was so fragile and innocent. I wanted to hold his hand forever. As his little fingers curled around my finger, me heart swelled. His grip was not only on my finger but onto my heart too.

For the first few months he relied on me – to feed, change and move him around but he soon began to do things for himself. Like other babies, he learned to roll, crawl, walk, talk and play.

As he has grown up he has become such a wonderful young man; a joy to be around. Always there for me and his siblings when needed, always by my side. As his siblings were born, he just moved aside for them always knowing that Mummy still loved him. That Mummies love was just growing and expanding but never getting less. He filled my days with joy and delight and has given me the strength to get through bad days.

His hand may have grown considerably over the years but one thing is for sure and that is the unconditional love is still there. He has become wiser and stronger, more than I could have ever imagined him to be.

A man now stands where a boy used to be. I may no longer carry him in my arms and his little fingers may not cling to my hand but I still carry him in my heart. He has given me so many reasons to be proud of him.

Three years ago, he held my hand and told me to be strong.

The tables changed and I was the one that relied on him – he looked after me; feeding and caring for me.

I remember waking up in hospital after having an operation to remove a tumour and feeling the warmth of his hand in mine. I felt so calm and overwhelmed with how much love this boy had for me.

I felt safe.

I’m strong again now but he still holds my hand. I now have not only a son but a friend too!

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Breaking Out! Escape Room Challenge at Home for Children

Escape rooms offer exciting challenges that are heart racing and fun. They encourage children’s problem solving skills with code cracking, clue solving and calculations to be made.

As a family we have visited a few escape rooms and the children really enjoyed the mystery and challenges that were involved in finding the clues to escape the room. They are brilliant activities for families that help to combine your skills and work as a team.

What are escape rooms?

An Escape Room is a physical and cognitive activity where you have to find clues and solve puzzles to escape from a room. It might involve padlocks, keypads, physical, mathematical and literacy problems to solve and many more. As you enter the room you are set a time limit where you need to complete the puzzles and solve clues to reveal combinations to unlock padlocks. Some rooms create an immersive experience with music and sound effects. Some may have a background story to escaping and others may just be about puzzles. Many escape rooms offer props to use in order to solve the puzzles, but also help to get you into the mood of escaping the room.

Setting up the escape room

I would like to say that it was easy, but it took me some time to think up some of the clues to use. I took to pinterest and facebook for some inspiration. Pinterest is ideal for discovering new ideas.

I first bought some padlocks, I went for number and letter combination ones.

I didn’t really want to lock the boys into a room (plus none of my rooms have locks on them) So I decided on using a box with the locks on them instead. The idea being that once they found the clues to the locks they would open up the box and find a key inside which would then unlock the back door.

I decided on not going for a back story or a theme just because my head hurt with putting it all together. But, I did tell them that they had an hour to escape in the back garden otherwise they wouldn’t get to do an Easter Egg hunt. I also told them that they had to work together to solve the clues and that they would have to run around the house to look for the clues.

I placed the box on the table along with three envelopes; each containing a clue.

Envelope 1

Inside the first envelope

They quickly realised that the first clue was in a Diary of a Wimpy Kid book so they ran upstairs to their bookshelf to search for the book. Once they found them they then had to look inside to find the next clue, which was a piece of paper with holes cut out. The boys first thought that it was a dot to dot. So I gave them a clue to take it to the first piece of paper. The holes were numbered and they had to line up the paper with the words underneath, following the numbers to reveal a hidden message.

“The first clue is in the fridge”


Racing to raid the fridge, not sure what they were looking for. They soon found that the small puzzle box was out of place.

The boys had to solve the puzzle, but it wasn’t as easy as you would think! The puzzle had a message written on the back of it, so it had to be solved back to front. They used the picture on the box as a guide, flipping over the pieces to the opposite side. This was tricky, but working together they managed to solve it.

The puzzle revealed a riddle. The boys love a good riddle so I thought they would like this clue. In fact it was too easy for them, straight away they said ‘Book’!

Back upstairs to the book shelf they went, having no idea what book they were looking for. I told them that maybe the puzzle was a clue to the book that they needed to search for. Finding two Cars books, inside one was some mathematical questions for them to solve in order to get the combination of the first lock.

This proved to be a little tricky for the boys and they then began to become competitive against each other losing the momentum of the good team work that they had been producing prior to this clue. Eventually after some arguments ,they solved the clues and had their first lock released.

Envelope 2

Inside the next envelope the boys came across a letter that said

“To work out the this clue, you need to read between the lines”

Inside the envelope was a letter, an UV pen and some rune symbols.

The boys had to figure out that they needed to use the UV light that was on the end of the pen to find the hidden sentence – To read between the lines.

I had hidden balloons around the house, with pieces of paper inside them. they had to pop the balloons to reveal the next part of the clue.

Some of the balloons had clues in them and some didn’t. This was lots of fun running around the house searching for the balloons and popping them.

I had written three riddles with number words in them, each number word had a number about it, this was the order that they had to use to unlock the next lock.

Using the rune symbols they had to solve the words and then place them into sentences. Each sentence was cut in half.

There are seven days in a week

Jak is nine years older than Oliver

A quarter of a day is six hours

Some of the runes represented a few letters, so they had to work out which letter would fit into the word.

They now had the next combination for the second lock

Envelope 3

The last clue was inside envelope 3. This was a bit like a treasure hunt. I hidden Match Attax cards in certain areas within the house, solving the riddles the boy had to hunt them down. Once the found all of the cards they then had to place them in order of highest attack and using the first letter of the players surname would be what they would use in the letter combination lock.

Finally they had unlocked all of the keys on the box. Inside was the key to the back door.

Where they were treated to an Easter Egg hunt.

I loved seeing the boys excitement when they were doing the clues, running around and enjoying them self. I was hoping that this would help them to understand the benefits of team work and although there was a arguments between them, I think that it taught them a lesson of relying on each other for help.

I found it hard being creative and putting it all together to form some sort game but I do think that what i did create was rewarding and fun.

Let me know if you set one up at home and how you found it?

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Make your own Home Mobile Cinema – Kids Craft

This past week my boys have spent more time on their smartphones than anything else. The weather hasn’t been great and they have spent much more time than I would have preferred them to in the house.

They have become addicted to watching Youtube – football videos and playing Pokemon.

I saw a video about a girl who made a cinema from a box and thought what a great idea it would be for my boy to give it a go.

We get our weekly food shop delivered in a box (Gousto) so as soon as it arrived I knew instantly what we was going to do with it. I looked over at my son, who at the time was sitting on the kitchen side playing on his phone and asked him if he wanted to go to the movies. He obviously replied with a big nod of the head.

I showed him the box and explained to him that he would be making the cinema from the box. He wasn’t quite that keen on the idea at first but as I described to him in more detail on how the cinema would work, he soon became more interested in the idea.

We gathered together the equipment that we would need, which isn’t much and got started on the home cinema project.

You will need:

  • A decent size cardboard box
  • Scissors or a craft knife (Ask an adult for help)
  • Marker pen
  • An old t-shirt or some paint
  • Masking tape
  • A Mobile phone
  1. First cut away the flaps from the top of the box
  2. Turn the box over and place the mobile device in the middle. Draw around it
  3. Cut it out so you now have a hole in the top of the box
  4. Turn the box over and on the inside where you just cut the hole out, you need to place some more cardboard on the sides. Secure them in place with glue or tape. This will ensure that the phone will have somewhere to sit.
  5. Now cut out a semi circle at the bottom so that your head can fit through.
  6. All that’s left to do now is to decorate the box.
  7. Spend some time painting it or use an old t-shirt and stretch it over the box. Depending on the size of your box a medium sized top will do.
  8. Make sure that the neck is over the hole and secure inside with some tape.
  9. Et Voila!

Find a comfy spot on the floor and lay back and watch a movie. No more pain in the neck or having to hold the phone in front of you.

Check out our video on how to make the cinema.

We had so much fun making the cinema and it only took just under 10 minutes (longer if he had painted it). He is having much more fun watching movies and less time playing games.

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Crispy Peanut Power Balls : No Bake Recipe

Keep the oven off with these no bake healthy crispy balls. They are the perfect treat without the added guilt.

Crispy peanut balls are so simple and easy to make – ideal for children to make as there is no baking involved and are fun to do.

With the added crunch giving them a smooth texture that melts in your mouth, these balls are delicious! Crunchy, smooth and chocolatey in one bite.

Crispy Peanut Power Balls – No Bake

Little balls of heaven made from Peanut Butter, Rice Krispies and Flaxseed. Covered in dark chocolate

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1 Cup No added Sugar Smooth Peanut Butter
  • 2 tbsp Fine Flaxseed
  • 2 tbsp Honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 2 Bars Dark Chocolate
  • 1 tbsp Chia seeds

Instructions

  1. In a bowl crush the rice krispies so that you have of it in a powder form.

  2. In another bowl add in the peanut butter and honey and combine until mixed well.

  3. Place the flaxseed powder and chia seeds in with the rice krispies and mix together

  4. Combine both together and mix well. Using the palm of your hands take a tbsp of the mixture at a time and roll into balls. Place the balls onto a tin lined with grease proof paper and place into the fridge to set for about 30 minutes

  5. Melt your preferred chocolate with a little of coconut oil. Using a tooth pick dip your balls into the melted chocolate and cover.

  6. Place back into the fridge so that the chocolate sets hard. 

  7. Store the balls in the fridge and eat when peckish.

    Enjoy!

They make the best finger dessert. Just grab and go!

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