A few weeks ago, I realised I was stuck in an energy ball rut. The ultimate first world healthy food blogger crisis if you will. I’ve just been so busy with everything that when it comes to making snacks for myself and Mr H to have during the week I’ve been relying on the same old flavours over and over and to be honest with you I was getting a little bored. Add to that the fact that baby H has now decided she loves energy balls too (but not near bedtime, big mistake made there which will not be repeated) so I thought it would be good to make a flavour sans cacao (because of the caffeine which when added to babies does not an early bedtime make) and with lots of super duper ingredients.
We all know peanut butter and jam (aka PB&J) but I wanted to create an almondy version, and pair it with acai instead of your standard strawberry/raspberry combo for something a little bit special. Which is exactly what these guys are. They’re SO easy to make, really good for you and above all, delightfully tasty. Whats not to like?
1 cup medjool dates
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup almonds
1 tbsp acai powder
2 tbsp coconut oil
A pinch of Himalayan salt
Optional: goji berries to decorate
Simply pop the ingredients in a food processor and whizz up until they form a sticky mixture. Roll into balls and pop in the fridge or freezer!
I’ve been meaning to make mint choc chip balls for aaaaages, but somehow I never ended up getting round to it. I really don’t know why, they’re such a no brainer – mint plus chocolate equals deliciousness – but better late than never hey!
These make for the perfect post dinner palate cleanser, but I’m not one for being time-ist so I’d say they’re a pretty awesome daytime snack too. The first time I made these I didn’t add any green colouring in, so they ended up being a light brown colour which made me a bit sad if I’m honest as in my opinion minty things ought to be green. So the next time I whacked in some spirulina powder too, thus making my balls not only look the part but making them even more amazing for your body too. Continue reading →
Is it going to be a white Christmas? Probably not – it seems to only ever snow at weird times like March these days, never in December when I swear it’s supposed to, and when I’m sure it used to. I can’t wait to take baby H out in the snow for the first time, but I reckon we’ve got a few months to wait before that happens. Worst comes to worst we are going skiing with Mr H’s family in Feb, so fingers crossed that’ll be snowy otherwise it’ll be a bit of a wasted trip! Continue reading →
Poor old Santa. Not only does he have the busiest day ever on Christmas Eve rushing around the WHOLE WORLD delivering presents, but all he gets from well-meaning parents around the globe to keep him going is a stodgy mince pie or two. No wonder he’s so fat. Personally I think Rudolph gets the better deal – I’d take a carrot over a mince pie any day of the week to avoid all that refined sugar and gluten in my tum.
Well this year, things are going to change in the Hollingsworth household. After having to help squeeze her husband out of one chimney too many, Mrs Claus has had a word with Mrs H and together we’ve decided that what the big FC needs are energy balls. But he’d be upset if they didn’t have a festive touch (he does wait around for it for 364 days a year in the most freezing country ever after all) so I’ve come up with these Christmas pudding energy balls.
They’re just divine – fruity, chewy and packed with Christmas spices and flavours – and they’re totally guilt free! And they look pretty cute too – I’ll be serving some up on the 25th for sure as Santa shouldn’t be the only one who gets to enjoy these! And who knows, the man himself might be cutting a much svelter figure this time next year!
1 cup dates
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup almonds
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp mixed spice
Zest of 1/4 an orange
For the icing
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1 tbsp maple syrup or honey
6 tbsp coconut cream
Goji berries, cranberries or redcurrants
Mint leaves (use the smallest ones in the bunch)
For the balls, pop the ingredients in a food processor and whizz for 2-3 minutes until gorgeously sticky and gooey. Put the mixture in the fridge for half an hour to allow it to harden a little, then roll into balls and place in the freezer for at least an hour so that the icing sticks nicely.
To make the icing, simply add the ingredients to a blender or mixing bowl, and blend or stir until everything is completely combined and you have a lovely runny icing. Remove the balls from the freezer and drizzle the icing on top with a teaspoon. Decorate with mint leaves and berries and there you have it!
Energy balls are my saviour when it comes to snacks on the go. Before I discovered them I was prone to many a ‘hanger’ attack (far from pretty for anyone involved) so nowadays I always make sure that whenever I leave the house I pop a few in my handbag to keep me going throughout the day. Continue reading →
Did you know the addition of lemons to sweet desserts can be traced all the way back to Medieval times? In those days citrus fruits were pretty expensive in the UK, so these sort of puddings were only enjoyed by the super wealthy. Of course nowadays we can all pop to the shops and grab a couple of lemons for £1, which is great because these balls are too good to miss out on! Continue reading →
I’m a massive fan of chia seeds; I sprinkle them in my porridge, on my soups and salads, I love a good chia seed pudding and they’re amazing as an egg replacer in vegan baking. So when the lovely people at Of The Earth Superfoods sent me some of their chia seeds as part of their Organic September campaign I was super excited to get in the kitchen.
Chia seeds are touted as a superfood, and for good reason as they have about a zillion and one health benefits – they’re packed with antiodixants, fibre, omega 3s and protein, as well as being great for your skin, heart, digestive health and lots more. Pretty damn super if you ask me! Continue reading →
Matcha came into my life about a year ago and I’ve been making up for lost time ever since. If you haven’t had a chance to peruse our blog to your hearts content, take a look at my matcha cacao swirl tarts, matcha milkshake, matcha latte and matcha pea soup and you’ll start to see what I mean. For those not in the know, matcha is powdered green tea leaves, which means that in terms of antioxidants it’s way more powerful than just a cup of green tea as you’re consuming the actual leaves, not just steeping them in hot water. It’s certainly an acquired taste, but one that I have very much acquired and really love. Continue reading →
You can get coconut everything these days – coconut oil, coconut flour, coconut milk, coconut sugar, coconut jam, coconut butter – basically just put the word coconut in front of any kitchen staple and it probably exists somewhere in the world. When I was little, I’m sure the only coconut-based food available to buy was a Bounty bar.