No Bake Energy Boosting Date Balls

Raw food and no baking is becoming very popular. I am always experimenting in different ingredients to make healthy nutritious snacks for my children.

When I was diagnosed with Cancer last year, I researched what food the body needs to help fight those bad cells. As a family we changed our diet and now consume more foods that are not baked and that are raw, with no added GMO and organic. Does it help? I don’t know but it tastes good and we do feel more healthier.

These energy balls are mostly made from medjool dates that are high in fibre and an energy booster. They are simple and quick to make and are super healthy.

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Ingredients:

  • 24 Medjool dates (or similar) de-pitted
  • 2 tbsp refined Coconut oil
  • 1tbsp maple syrup
  • 2tbsp ground almonds
  • 2 tbsp organic cacao powder
  • 3 heaped tbsp organic oats
  • 2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 1tbsp chia seeds

Method:

Place the dates and coconut oil into a blender and blitz to a paste, add in a little bit of water to smooth it up.

Add in the peanut butter and ground almonds and blitz to combine it all.

Empty into a bowl. Mix in the cacao powder, maple syrup, oats and chia seeds.

Place in the fridge for half hour.

These balls are quite oily because of the coconut oil.

Take out of the fridge and take a heaped tsp and shape within the palm of your hands to make a ball.

Wrap each ball in some cling film and store in the fridge.

 

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These balls are ideal for grab and go food as they are stored in the fridge and wrapped in cling film it makes it easy for the children to grab a healthy snack when they need one.

They are high in fibre, minerals and vitamins promoting a healthy bowel. They also provide energy for people who suffer from anemia.

As long as you have the base of the dates and coconut oil you can experiment with adding in different ingredients. Our next one we are going to add in desiccated coconut or even roll the balls in the coconut or cacao powder. You could even add in dried fruit.

Thank you for reading 🙂

 

INTRODUCING EASIYO, THE EASY WAY TO MAKE YOUR OWN FRESH YOGURT AT HOME

EasiYo’s new bright and bold Red Yogurt Maker is the perfect way to make delicious, fresh yogurt in your own home for all the family.

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The new maker – featuring the first redesign in the brand’s 23 year history – is sleek and stylish, yet simple. With no moving parts or electronics, it’s easy to clean and is the perfect size to fit compactly on a kitchen shelf. Durable and secure, the maker features an easy grip handle, non-slip feet and smooth surfaces. The redesign also sees the old polystyrene insulation replaced with a layer containing New Zealand wool – which helps to keep the yogurt at the right temperature during the fermentation process.

When a Kiwi dad invented EasiYo in the early nineties, the aim was to allow families to make the best quality, tastiest yogurt in the world – in their own home. It is now the number one yogurt maker brand in New Zealand with half of all households having an EasiYo Maker in their kitchen. In the UK, over 600,000 yogurt makers have been sold since the brand was launched in here in 1999.

Because EasiYo is made fresh in the home, there are no artificial colours or flavours and no stabilisers delivering all the benefits of homemade goodness*. EasiYo is also gluten free and vegetarian.

Creating your own fresh yogurt, either alone or with your family couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is mix an EasiYo Yogurt sachet with water, put it in the EasiYo Yogurt Maker and in 8-12 hours or overnight you’ve created 1kg of delicious yogurt.

There are over 30 flavours to choose from, including Natural, Greek Style, Banana, Apricot, Strawberry, Lemon & Ginger Bits and Forest Fruits.

EasiYo is stocked all over the UK at retailers including QVC, Lakeland, Holland and Barrett, Wilko’s, The Range, Hobby Craft and a large number of independent stores.

The EasiYo Red Yogurt Maker is priced at RRP £17.99 and each EasiYo yogurt sachet is priced from RRP £2 (per 1kg serving).

Visit EasiYo for full stockists, information and recipe ideas at www.easiyo.com.

Mumofthreemusketeers are now proud to present that we are Easiyo Ambassadors

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Homemade Nutty Cacao chocolate, perfect for gifting

I think I may have found a recipe for the tastiest dark chocolate that has ever passed my lips. It has everything you need, dark, smooth, nutty, sweet and rich.

Chocolate doesn’t need to be a guilty pleasure with this recipe as there is no sugar added into it, yes that is correct No added sugar.

Can I tempt you in trying some?

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It is so simple to make and can be adapted to your taste by adding nuts, orange zest, Himalayan salt, dried fruit or ginger. It’s up to you!

Recipe

  • 4 heaped tbsp Raw Organic Cacao Powder
  • 4 tbsp Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1 tbsp agave syrup or Honey
  • 1 Tsp of vanilla extract or 1 pod
  • A selection of nuts, chopped

Method

Melt the coconut oil in a pan, add in the honey and vanilla essence. Stir together.

Once melted and combined add in the cacao powder. I used heaped tbsp not levelled. You can add more in if you feel that is too runny. To check if it is of the right consistency dip in a spoon and coat it with the mixture, leave to aside to set. This shouldn’t take too long. If the chocolate hardens it is ready. If not add more cacao and honey to thicken.

When ready pour into your desired moulds and add in any extras that you may want. At this point I added in the chopped nuts. I used almonds, brazil, macadamia and peanuts.

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I used a silicone mould as they are easy to pop out when set.

Place into the freezer to set. This should take about 10 minutes.

Once set they can be individually wrapped in cling film and stored in the fridge.

Wrap them up in cute little cellophane bags and give them away as gifts

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Let me know if you try them 🙂

Thank you for reading

 

 

Party time with Num Noms and Bella Italia

My boys are proof that Num Noms are not just for girls.

When the email landed into my inbox, inviting us along to a Num Noms pizza party at Bella Italia, I firstly asked the boys if they were interested in attending. Having three boys, I have never heard of NumNoms. I had seen them in the shop but not paid much attention to them as my boys had not shown an interest in them. At first they were a little apprehensive about them event being a little girly, but I have always encouraged them to be a bit different and not shy away from playing or trying new things. Plus, I think the fact that there was Pizza making involved helped make their mind up.

Num Noms are little mini scented stackable collectables. To create your own fusion flavour, you mix a Num with a Nom. Num Noms are the cutest little squashy things that smell real good too. With over 5,000 mix and match combinations, children can play chef and create wacky combos. How about a blueberry, banana, pancake – yum! Or some Wasabi ice cream – yuck!

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Uniquely scented, each Num and Nom character is full of surprises. Nums are the outer, soft squishy, hollow characters that nestle on top of Noms, which are either fun scented stamps, motorized, lovely lip glosses or a funky eraser.

The event was to be held at Bella Italia, Bluewater. We made our way there by train, arriving a little late we had missed the group pizza making. As we arrived at the restaurant we didn’t have to look far to see where we was going. A section of the restaurant had been set aside for the Num Noms party. We was immediately greeted by the event holders and shown to a table where the boys was all given a huge deep pan pizza base and a good selection of toppings to create their own pizza masterpiece.

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The boys couldn’t have been any happier, they was only expecting to make a pizza between them, not each one each to themselves.

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With smiles on their faces, they got creating. The eldest went for a vegetable pizza, the middle boy decided on a ham and mushroom and the youngest added the italian touch and chose olives and meatballs. I think encouraging children to make their own foods helps with their culinary skills but also widens their taste buds. Children will often experience more with food if they make it themselves.

Once the pizza was taken off to be baked in the oven, the boys had a little look around at the other activities for them to try.

Take the Num Nom stacking challenge – On the floor was hundreds of lovely smelling num noms to stack as high as you could.

Design your own Num Nom – There were colouring sheets with an outline of a num nom and all you had to do was colour and decorate them to your choice

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This was the youngest favourite activity, he loves to colour in and really enjoyed designing a ninja num nom.

Guess the flavour – This was a fun game where, once blindfolded, you had to guess what the item of food hiding beneath the plates were just by smelling it.

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Funny how your sense of smell can play tricks with your mind. The middle boy got most correctly but got a little confused with the orange thinking that it was lemon. He knew straight away the chips and chocolate.

Num Nom face painting station – The eldest kept clear of this activity, funnily enough, but the youngest one couldn’t wait to get a num nom painted on his arms. Once he chose the design he wanted from a piece of paper, the artist then got drawing on him

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Look at my num noms

Look at my num noms

And last of all

Build your own ice cream sundae – A favourite of all the boys. Well who doesn’t like ice cream. With a great selection to choose from, they picked out two flavours each to mix them together

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Once they had tried out the activities the boys were called over to the table where their pizza creations were waiting for them to be eaten

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Don’t they look good?

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I think they did well. I now know that the boys are mini little chefs in the kitchen and will be encouraging them to make more pizzas at home.

The boys thoroughly enjoyed themselves at the event and even got themselves some Num Noms to enjoy at home. They may have passed over the lip gloss Nom to me though. The staff were friendly and there were plenty activities going on to keep the children happy and entertained.

Fans of Num Noms can now add to their collections with savory flavours inspired by brunch dishes, such as Becca Bacon, delicious pizza flavours including Mozza Rella, sophisticated sushi snacks and yummy dinner foods. Plus, there are even more tasty sweet flavours inspired by fairground foods, freezie pops cupcakes and ice creams!

We was invited along to the event for the purpose of this post

 

 

 

 

Put some wobble into your children’s lunch boxes with Hartley’s Jelly Pots

It’s that time of year where you are back to rummaging through your food cupboards attempting to put together some healthy, nutritious snacks ready to put into your children’s lunch box. Yes it’s back to school for the little ones and back to the shops for us.

If your children are like mine then they would like a variety of different types of food.

I always try to keep the lunch box filled with a balanced type of food, a sandwich, item of fruit, raisins, yoghurt / jelly and a snack. I don’t think the items of food have to be a work of art just as long the children eat it, that’s all that matters. Keeping it fun for them is a good idea but there is no need to go overboard.

What I do like to do is add in little messages or stickers for the children to read and use, a little surprise for them. They love to receive little messages amongst their wrap and fruit. Little words of wisdom, good luck messages if they have a test that day or just a little note to say how much I love them. I love seeing their little faces at the end of the day when i pick them up and they tell me that they got their message. Sometimes they reply back on the message so that i get to read it when I’m emptying their lunch box.

 

My boys are more snackers during the day rather than eating one meal. I think I most probably go over the top and add in too much for them but I like to know that they have a variety to eat from.

What I like to put into their lunch boxes:

Sandwich or a wrap – These are normally ham or cheese salad

Egg or pasta – I found these cute little egg moulders. They are shaped little cases that you place the boiled egg into and close it up to mould into the shape.

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Fruit – I normally put in a fresh piece of fruit and some dried fruit too. If I put in berries then i use a tupperware tub to put them in.

Snack – A packet of crisps, a pot of dried cereal or some rice cakes

Yoghurt/ Jelly – My boys love these in their lunch boxes, it is probably the first thing that they eat from it. I like to put both in for them, the small pots are ideal. Fruit in a jelly is an ideal way to introduce fruit into every day eating.

Fruit bars – Although my boys would rather eat a peanut bar they are not allowed them in school. I add in the raw bars, mostly made by myself from dates and coconut.

I also like to keep the added sugar in their lunches to a minimum. As a family we are keen on eating food with little refined sugar added in to them. Not only is it good for their health but good on the teeth too.

Hartley’s is a jam and jelly brand that has been feeding the nation from breakfast to after dinner snack for over 140 years, they offer Standard & No Added Sugar jelly pots which provide a quick and convenient snack. The Hartley’s No Added Sugar jelly pots have no artificial colours and flavours and are fat and gluten free. Stocked in all major retailers from only 49p, they are a tasty treat that will be sure to raise a smile.

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Get ‘Back to School’ ready with Hartley’s No Added Sugar jelly pots and put some fun into your kids’ lunchbox. There are five flavours to choose from including Strawberry, Raspberry, Orange, Tropical, Apple and Blackcurrant. They contain only naturally occuring sugars.

The No Added Sugar blackcurrant and tropical pots are vegetarian and vegan. They are the perfect size to add into lunch boxes or even into a bag for that little snack when out and about. My children find them very tasty and say that they taste like jelly made from home. They are strong in flavour and not watery like some pots you can get. I think they are ideal to add onto a party table too. I find that they are best kept in the fridge for keeping that fresh cold taste.

Hartley’s are gearing up for the Back to School season with an on pack collector scheme offer for our consumers. By collecting 12 promotional Hartley’s Jelly Pot lids, consumers can redeem a special edition Hartley’s lunchbox along with an assortment of fabulously fun stickers.

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The lunch box is a good size and as you can see from the photographs you can fit in quite a bit to fill those hungry little stomachs. Once you’ve collected the lids, claim your lunchbox here

I was provided with the lunch box and jelly pots for the purpose of this post.

Raw Nutty Date Nutritional Bar Recipe

Looking for a guilt free snack? Well look no further.

These nutty date bars are nothing but full of goodness. They are guilt free, healthy and delicious. What makes them special is that they are made from raw ingredients. There are no artificial flavourings, preservatives, added sugars added into the bars. You get the sweetness from the dates and coconut and a little crunch from the almonds and flax seeds.
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Make them up in batches and store in the fridge ready to grab and go.

Ingredients

  • 20 dates, sliced and de-stoned (medjool dates)
  • 2 tbsp coconut water
  • 3 handful of blanched almonds
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp ground milled flax
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 3 tbsp organic oats
  • 3 tbsp oat bran

Method:

  • Place the dates and the coconut water together in a processor and mix together until you have a paste.
  • Add in the almonds and mix again, until the paste and almonds are ground together.
  • Place the mixture into a bowl
  • Add in all of the other ingredients and combine together (we added in the oat bran and coconut flour towards the end as it was too sticky)
  • You may need to use your hands to mix well
  • Place the mixture onto a sheet of cling film and model it into a square by pressing down with your fingers
  • Place a sheet of clingfilm ont op and press down. Use a rolling-pin to get it flat and as square as you can.

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  • Put in to the freezer for a couple of hours
  • Take out of the freezer and remove from the clingfilm. Cut up into bar shapes.

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  • Wrap each bar individually in cling film and place back into the fridge ready to eat.

These bars are very versatile and once you have the date mixture you can pretty much add anything you want.

They are perfect for picnics, pack lunches and to add into your bag for some food on the go. They are full of fibre and protein.

 

The Pop of Colour Trail Mix Recipe

It’s National Trail Mix Day on the 31st August, yes, You heard correctly. There is a national holiday all about nuts, fruit and seeds.

The great thing about trail mixes are that you can pretty much add anything you want to together, knowing that they are full of goodness and it will be full of flavour. You will get the sweetness from the dried fruits and the crunchiness from the nuts and seeds.

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Nuts.com have teamed up with Brittany from Eating Bird Food to celebrate with a contest! I have been challenged to create a new trail mix or my own. I had to choose two items from a list and then add other items to the mix. We chose Goji berries and Cacao Nibs (click on Goji and Cacao to go through to the website)

The Pop of colour Trail mix Ingredients:

  • Almonds
  • Pecan Nuts
  • Pistachio
  • Freeze Dried Strawberries
  • Dried Mango
  • Goji Berries
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Coconut Slices
  • Cacao Nibs
  • 1tsp Chia Seeds
  • 1tsp Cinnamon
  • 1tsp Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Most of the ingredients above can be found at www.nuts.com

Trail Mixes are simple to make. We used 3tbsp of all of the ingredients, but its your choice on however much you want to make. Add all of the ingredients into a plastic zip lock bag, close it up and shake away. Rub the mix together through the bag, ensuring that all of the oil and cinnamon evenly coats the ingredients. Get the children involved in the mixing and choosing the ingredients.

Empty the contents from the bag onto a tray to dry out a little. Once ready, place the mix into smaller snack bags and store in the fridge or a cupboard ready to be grabbed as you leave the door.

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Trail mixes are ideal for snacks on the go, pack lunches, picnics, adding to your breakfast or topping onto a yoghurt.

Nutritional facts

  • Cacao nibs are high in Fibre, magnesium and potassium
  • Goji Berries are high in vitamin A. The blue-red colours found in goji berries are natural anti-oxidants which may help protect the body against oxidative damage. Contains Lycium barbarum polysaccharides which may benefit the immune function, and may reduce fatigue.
  • Almonds are a good source of fiber and protein. Naturally low in sugar.
  • Pistachio nuts are rich in vitamin B6 and E, they are good for your skin and immune system
  • Pecans are a good source vitamin B1, thiamin. Rich in protein and critical minerals for growth and metabolism.
  • Chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet. They are high in antioxidants, fiber, protein and omega 3 fatty acids.
  • Pumpkin Seeds are high in Zinc which is good for the immune system and omega 3 fats. They are rich in vitamin k, E and B. Full of Protein. Contains huge amounts of zinc, a mineral very important in preventing osteoporosis
  • Coconut oil contains fatty acids with powerful medicinal properties

This is our entry into the competition for a chance to be featured on the nuts.com blog, also to win a trail mix selection.