No bake Orange Cacao Balls Recipe

I don’t know about you, but my children are forever dipping there hands into the cereal boxes or grabbing a packet of crisp for a quick little nibble in between meal times. Even
though our fruit bowl is always full up, they still like to munch on goodies.

I made up these balls as a healthy snack for my boys to eat when they feel peckish but also to add into my bag for days out or to put into there lunch bag.

I made a batch of 16 balls and they had already gone by the next day, they are very moorish. One just isn’t enough!

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These chocolate orange balls are so simple to make, there is no baking needed and are easy for the children to get involved with too. They have so many healthy benefits because of the ingredients

Cacao – Highest plant-based source of iron, full of magnesium, anti-inflamatory, a natural mood elevator and 40 times the antioxidant of blueberries

Medjool dates – The healthiest natural sweetener, one medjool contains 66 calories, high in carbohydrates, loaded with vitamins and minerals and help to decrease cholesterol.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 5 Medjool Dates. I like to use medjools as they are very juicy
  • 100g Raw Cashew Nuts
  • 100g Raisins
  • 1 Heaped tbsp Meridean Peanut Butter
  • 1 heaped tbsp of cacao powder
  • 1 tsp Coconut Oil
  • Zest of one Orange
  • Juice of half an Orange

METHOD:

  1. Blend the cashew nuts to a powder and set aside in a bowl
  2. Blend the dates, cacao powder, raisins, peanut butter, zest and juice together. If the machine stops it’s because the mixture has become stuck under the blades and just needs setting free. If it is too dry just add a little water
  3. Place all together in a bowl and mix together
  4. Leave in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. This makes it easier to form into a ball
  5. Take about a tbsp at a time and form into a ball about the size of a walnut. Wrap each ball individually in some cling film or tin foil and leave in the fridge for when you want to eat them.

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Sweetcorn Bites Review

BARFOOTS OF BOTLEY

Fresh Thinking

SWEETCORN BITES

My family and I love sweetcorn and My partner and I have been known to munch away straight from a tin, cooked or not we love them. My boys are not too keen on them but they do like to eat the corn from the cob, not sure if it’s the fact they get to eat with their hands and get a bit messy but they enjoy eating them much more this way.

We was sent some Sweetcorn Bites to try. Each bag comes with 8 bitesize cobs of which four of them class as 1 of your 5 a day. They are 100% fresh from the farm, contain no artificial ingredients and are GMO, nuts and Gluten Free.

Sweet Corn Bites are grown with love at Barfoots Farm in West Sussex, who grow lots of tasty, fresh and juicy vegetables. The bites are full of goodness, they’re a brilliant source of nutrition, containing carotenoids, vitamins A, B3 and C, plus Folic Acid, fibre, carbohydrates, sugars and protein for energy. Perfect for healthy snacking and as a side dish.

Being just an inch and a half they are perfect in size for little hands, my four year old had no trouble eating them, there was no need for using two hands they just fit into his fingers perfectly. They are very versatile they can be microwaved, boiled and roasted. The sweetcorn bites are quick and easy to cook, just open up the bag, pop in a tablespoon of eater and microwave for 3-4 minutes depending on the wattage of your oven. After a hectic day of running around the kids and not giving myself enough time to prepare a meal, this really came in handy. I also roasted them along with a lot of other vegetables, either way they were tasty and juicy.

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Roasted

 There was lots of mmmmms and lips smacking going on from the table so i think they went down well with the family.

You can find out more about Sweetcorn Bites here

Avaialable from Ocado and selected Tesco, Waitrose and Co-Op Stores.