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Peanut & cacao Bliss Balls

12 Jan
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I have a little confession to make , peanut butter & dark chocolate is my crack!!
I will take it anyway I can get it, ice cream, brownie, even straight from the jar. But these bliss balls are peanut & chocolate perfection, they are the perfect combination of peanut salty & dark chocolate, with just a hint of sweetness.
They are almost (dare I say it?) truffle-like because of the moisture from the activated nuts.
Best of all they can be made with whatever combination of nuts & seeds you have on hand, you could even add a little coconut sugar for a sweeter version. The recipe doubles as a raw brownie recipe if you press it into a pan & slice after chilling 🙂
However you make them, they keep well in the refrigerator & make a great on hand snack or lunch box filler. They seem to taste better the longer they sit, so try to ration them out 🙂
Peanut & Cacao Bliss Balls a’la Mama Going Natural
  • 1/2 c  activated cashew nuts
  • 1/2 c activated almonds
  • 1/2 c activated sunflower seeds
  • 3/4 c dates
  • 1/2 c oats
  • 2 T L.S.A (optional – I just had some in the pantry)
  • 3 T peanut butter
  • 1/3 c cacao powder
  • 1 t vanilla essence

Place your nuts & dates in the blender & blend on high until they form a paste. Add all other ingredients & blend on high again until oats have been blended down. Take your bliss ball paste & roll into balls, you can roll them in cacao powder or in coconut if you prefer, I like mine plain. Chill & then enjoy 🙂

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How to activate your nuts?

Place your nuts & seeds in 2 cups filtered water with 1 t salt, leave out on the bench to activate for 6 hours & then place in the fridge until you use them (for a max of 48 hours). We only activate this batch for 6 hours as cashew nuts can become slimy if activated for too long, refrigerating after 6 hours stops this from happening.

Enjoy

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Berry jelly yogurt mousse cups

3 Jan
We have just very excitedly received our order of Great Lakes Gelatine powder from iherb!!
I am now on a mission to try to find as many ways as possible to get my little one to eat it!!.
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Gelatine is so good for you, especially the grass-fed kind that the Great Lakes folks make.
  • It is great for your skin, hair & nail growth
  • Good for lubricating your joints
  • Can help tighten up loose skin (YAY)
  • Improves digestion since it naturally binds to water & helps food move through your system easily
  • There’s a crazy rumour it helps cellulite
  • It is a great source of collagen (younger looking skin here I come!)
  • A great source of protein & amino acids (just if the no cellulite & younger looking skin didn’t work for you!!)
 For More information on the wonders of gelatine visit the Weston A Price Foundation for the full low down on why you should be adding it to your diet.
If you too want to try some Great Lakes Gelatine powder although I am an Aussie I do recommend ordering it from Iherb in the US as it is half the price that I could find it locally & the shipping rates are insane at $8 for 8 pounds shipped to Australia!!. The following link will get you a discount of $5 to $10 off your first order depending on the amount you spend. http://www.iherb.com/?rcode=PFR484
This was our first attempt at introducing gelatine & it was a hit, even though my daughter can be a little weird about different textured foods. I have to say I ate two, one for the cellulite & one for the collagen that is going to reverse the clock!!
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Berry Jelly Yoghurt Mousse Cups a’la Mama Going Natural
  • 1 & a 1/2 t great lakes gelatine powder
  • 1 c blueberries
  • 1/8 c water
  • 1/2 t stevia
  • 1 t vanilla essence
  • 1 c yoghurt
  • 1 t vanilla essence
  • 1/2 t stevia
  • 2 T hot water
  • 1 & a 1/2 t great lakes gelatine
  • Granola mix

To make the fruit jelly:

Place blue berries & water in a saucepan & cook over a medium heat until the blueberries are cooked & the water has turned into a syrup. Add stevia & vanilla to taste. Turn heat down to low & add 1 & a 1/2 teaspoons of gelatine & stir in till fully dissolved (this may take a few minutes). Pour jelly into cups, bowls or moulds & set aside to cool in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.

To make the yogurt mouse:

Once the jelly has set make the yoghurt mousse by placing 2 T of hot water & 1 & a 1/2 t of gelatine into a bowl, stir well to dissolve the gelatine then add the yoghurt, stevia & vanilla essence & whisk well with a stick blender till you get an airy mousse like consistency. Pour on top of the set jelly & leave to set again in the refrigerator.

Once the mousse has set & your ready to serve, pour a tablespoon of your pre-made granola on top of each one for a nice little burst of crunch & enjoy 🙂

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Healthy Gluten Free Sugar Free Muesli bars

30 Oct

Finding healthy, grab & go snacks that my little one gets excited about can be a challenge at times. But not anymore – she loves these Muesli Bars.

Packing lunches & making sure I have healthy snacks for days out can be a chore, I get tired of continuously baking biscuits & muffins. I am often guilty of over-using natures fast food, but fortunately my daughter loves her fruit! But one can’t eat fruit alone!!

These Muesli Bars are a Mama’s best friend – they require no cooking, can be made with what ever grains, nuts, seeds & dried fruits you have on hand & they only take a few minutes to whip up.

I love them, because they keep for quite a while in an airtight jar in the cupboard & they freeze well – which means you have instant snacks on hand – no baking required 🙂

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Healthy Gluten Free Muesli Bars a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 1 c oats
  • 1/4 c desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 c quinoa flakes
  • 1/2 c dried apricots (roughly chopped)
  • 1/2 c cashew nuts (roughly chopped)
  • 1/2 c sunflower seeds
  • 2 t chia seeds
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 c honey
  • 50gm unsalted butter

Combine the first eight ingredients in a bowl & set aside. Put the honey & butter into a saucepan & heat till gently boiling. The longer you boil it for the more caramelised & harder your muesli bars will be. I heat my honey syrup to soft ball stage & this gives me a slightly chewy muesli bar.

To test if your syrup is at soft ball stage, drop half a teaspoon of your syrup into a glass of cold water – if it balls up in the water then its ready.

Pour your syrup into your bowl of dry ingredients & stir well to combine. Pour your mix into a lightly greased pan & press down well. Leave to set for a few hours in the refrigerator.

Once your muesli bar is set cut it into squares or bars & store in an airtight jar or freeze them ready to pull them out.

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Enjoy

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