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!


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.


  • 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


  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.






Walkers Hoops And Crosses Review

Putting together the boys lunch boxes can be quite challenging, i like to give them little surprises and never like them to have the same all time. Joseph can be quite picky with what he has inside his sandwich and does prefer it to be jam but Jak is quite easy as long as he can eat it with speed so he can spend more time outside in the playground than in the dinner hall! Oliver’s lunchbox is normally slightly different to the older boys as he likes to pick at his food so i like to give him a variety of food that he can eat throughout the day whilst with the childminder.

Lunchbox normally consists of:


Fruit normally berries or banana

Dried fruit like raisins or mango

Pancake roll

Breadsticks and dips


I am always on the look out whilst doing my weekly shop at the supermarket for something new and exciting to place in their boxes, I don’t want their lunches to become boring with the same thing so when i was offered the chance to review some Walkers Baked Hoop And Crosses Wholegrain Snacks i thought why not!

Hoops and Crosses are a tasty fun snack made with 56% Wholegrain, They have no artificial colours or preservatives and Each bag has 85 calories

Hoops and Crosses come in three tasty flavours to enjoy, Roast Beef, Salt & Vinegar and Prawn & Cocktail.

The box arrived not only with a packet of wholegrain crisp to try but also with a cheeky little gift inside! The presentation of the box was faultless, a box within a box all neatly packaged up and protecting the Hoop and Crosses packet along with a little keepsake booklet and a little Monkey!


I’m not quite sure what was most liked the crisps or the monkey! I think Oliver favoured the teddy as its cheeky just like him!

The crisp packet is the perfect size for any lunchbox and make great snacks for packlunches, snack-time, picnics or even just to store away in your bag for those moments when hunger strikes.

As we only had one packet between the three of them i shared them out between them so they all could get a taste, i even managed to sneak a couple from the packet and i must say i was pretty pleased with the flavour, we had the Roast Beef and they were very tasty! Oliver particularly liked to put his finger inside the hoops to eat them and they were perfect in size for his little hands.

I would like to try the other flavours especially the Prawn and Cocktail ones! Nom Nom my favourite flavour! I will definitely be investing in some more packets.

We was sent a packet of Hoops and Crosses to review, words and picture are of my own


Parsnip Crisps

Ever tried making your own crisps?

Jak and I attempted to make our own vegetable crisp today out of parsnips.

First we sliced the parsnip thinly and then we placed them into a bowl and tossed them in some olive oil, then we added some flavouring. We chose balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of sea salt.


Once they was all coated we placed them evenly on a baking tray and baked them in an oven for 10 minutes, half way through we turned them over. Keep a watch on them when they are in the oven as some will cook quicker than the others depending on how thinly they are sliced.


Now all you have to do is enjoy them. They make perfect food for lunch boxes and a quick snack in the evening.


Tomorrow we’re going to try carrots and swede đŸ™‚