Wellness

Two Healthy Treats to try!

I have two boys who seriously love eating and snacking – to the extent that I have to get creative to ensure that they don’t just eat the same snacks over and over again.  They have 3 meals a day and insist on two snacks as well – urgh so tiring.  I have two rules when it comes to snacks:

  1. as healthy as possible
  2. they should taste GREAT!

 

This week I tried two treats that were a huge hit in our house.

Oats, Banana and yoghurt muffins
Hazelnut chocolate balls

Ingredients:

 

  • 2 cups oats
  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips (you could substitute the chocolate chips for fruit like blueberries, but we love chocolate)
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Lightly grease your muffin tin.
  2. Place all the ingredients, but the chocolate chips in a blender or food processor: oats, bananas, eggs, Greek yogurt, honey, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla extract, and salt. Blend or process on high, until the batter is smooth and the oats have broken down almost completely, about 3 minutes. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Divide your batter filling each muffin cup no more than 3/4 of the way to the top. Bake for 15 minutes, until the tops of the muffins set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Place the pan on a wire rack and let the muffins cool in the pan for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove and ENJOY!

Ingredients:

 

3/4 cup (130g) pitted dates
1 1/3 cup (140g) hazelnut meal (I made hazelnut meal by putting 140g of hazelnuts in the food processor)
2 tbsp (15g) unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
The above is:  gluten-free, refined sugar free, dairy-free, raw, vegan – but I like to spice things up so we added:
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1. Place the dates in your food processor and process until they break up and clump.
2. Remove the dates and process the hazelnuts to make a hazel meal. Add your dates, cocoa powder and vanilla and process until the mixture comes together.
3. If your mix isn’t coming together, add a few drops of water until it begins to form a ball. You don’t want the mixture too wet, you just want to be able to form it into bites.
4. Stir your chocolate chips through your mixture
5. Roll your raw bite mix into bites and place onto a plate and in the fridge.
6. These can store for months in the freezer and a couple of weeks in the fridge.
PS They taste like Ferrero Rocher balls – seriously!

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