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 🙂

 

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Mid Morning Coconut and Strawberry Smoothie

After an early morning visit to the park for the boys to participate in the junior parkrun, we arrived home to them being very hungry. They had their breakfast already and it wasn’t quite time for lunch and as I didn’t want to ruin their appetite for the lovely roast that i had planned for dinner, I decided on whizzing up a smoothie to tie them over till dinner time.

smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas
  • Small punnet of strawberries
  • Can of coconut milk
  • 5 tbsp of forest fruit yoghurt
  • 2 tsp chia and flax seeds
  • 1 tbsp honey

There are many benefits of chia seeds, one being feeling more energised all day and another to cut the cravings for food. They are loaded with nutrients and protein making them among the superfoods.

Bung all of the ingredients into a blender and whizz away until smooth. Simple.

Ready to serve.

Thumbs up from the boys

They didn’t ask for any food for another few hours, in fact they had a boost of energy and spent an hour outside in the garden making up an obstacle course.

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