15 Healthy and Delicious Protein Ball Recipes

Cranberry Almond Energy Bites

A couple of months back, my eldest son was really ill. He was in bed for three weeks with a virus, and one of the things I really focused on was making sure that he was eating highly nutritious foods to get him back on the road to recovery.

He’s got a bit of a sweet tooth, so in between nourishing soups, bone broths and veggie juices, he was begging me for a treat. I started experimenting with a few protein balls, and they were a huge hit. So I thought I’d pull together a few of the ones we tried, and some that just look delicious.

They’re super easy to make, because all you do is blitz everything together and roll them into a ball. The kids can even help out by rolling them for you. And protein balls are great energy boosting snacks, easy to keep in the fridge to grab and go. Here’s a few of my favourites:

Choc Peppermint Bliss Balls

Choc Peppermint Bliss Balls from WholefoodSimply.com
Choc Peppermint Bliss Balls

These ones were hands down my kids’ favourite. They thought these tasted just like Mint Slice biscuits. I added a couple of tablespoons of chia seeds for the extra fibre and protein, and the kids love these for an after school snack.

Cranberry Almond Energy Bites

Cranberry Almond Energy Bites
Cranberry Almond Energy Bites

This protein-packed recipe is easy to make and convenient for a snack or you could grab a couple on the way out the door for breakfast. You can store them in your freezer and just get them out whenever you need the energy to conquer the day!

Cherry Pie Energy Balls

Cherry Pie Energy Balls

These energy balls are perfect for breakfast, lunch and even after dinner. Super delicious and an easy way to get an energy boost when you need it. I found dried cherries in my local bulk health food shop, but cranberries work just as well.

Nut Free Banana Oat Protein Balls

Nut free and gluten free protein balls, so the kids will be able to take them to school. And it’s a great way to use up bananas that are just that bit too ripe.

Heavenly Coconut Bliss Balls

Heavenly Coconut Bliss Balls

I loved these heavenly coconut bliss balls with a little lemon tartness – delicious!

Carrot Cake Balls

These Carrot cake balls might just be the perfect swap if carrot cake is your favourite cake. I’m not a fan of carrot cake, but my husband thought these sounded delish!

Lemon Coconut Energy Balls

Lemon Coconut Energy Balls
Lemon Coconut Energy Balls

If you’re looking for something fresh, bright and has flavour that pops, these lemon coconut energy balls could be exactly what you need. Short ingredients list means they’re easy to pull together, too.

Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites

Raspberry Bomb Bliss Balls
Raspberry Bomb Bliss Balls

Another easy one, these oatmeal raisin energy bites have good ingredients that you’ll probably already have in the cupboard. My kids don’t like coconut, and energy balls often seem to include coconut, so these were a hit at my place.

Apple Chai Energy Balls

Apple Chai Energy Balls
Apple Chai Energy Balls

I loved the apple and almond butter combination on these apple chai energy balls. They are quick and easy to make, and you don’t even need a food processor (although I did, as I couldn’t be bothered chopping the apple into small pieces). Lovely spice combination if you’re a chai fan, too!

No-Bake Cherry Chocolate Chip Chia Energy Bites

No Bake Cherry Chocolate Chip Chia Energy Bites
No Bake Cherry Chocolate Chip Chia Energy Bites

While I’m not a big fan of adding chocolate chips to ‘healthy’ snacks, you might have a different opinion. And these Cherry Chocolate Chip Chia Bites do look yummy!

Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls
Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

I totally don’t get the chocolate and peanut butter combination thing, but my youngest loves it. So I guess this one is for him!

Apricot Almond Coconut Snacks

Apricot Almond Coconut Snacks
Apricot Almond Coconut Snacks

Apricots and almonds, now that’s a combination that I totally get. Apricot Almond Coconut Energy Bites? Yes, please!

Mexican Mocha No Bake Cookie Balls

Mexican Mocha No Bake Cookie Balls
Mexican Mocha No Bake Cookie Balls

Another simple and scrummy sounding recipe. Mexican Mocha cookie balls with a chocolately, coffee, spicy kick – these are definitely on my list of things to make!

Tropical Snack Bites with Almond and Chia

Tropical Snack Bites with Almonds and Chia
Tropical Snack Bites with Almonds and Chia

I like the idea of the dried pineapple in these tropical treats from Two Healthy Kitchens. Sounds delish!

Raspberry Bomb Bliss Balls

Raspberry Bomb Bliss Balls
Raspberry Bomb Bliss Balls

I’m kind of obsessed with raspberries, and these raspberry bomb bliss balls sound divine to me. Another one I’m adding to my list to try out!

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14 Healthy Sweet Treats: Guilt Free and Simple to Make

Healthy Raspbery Coconut Slice

My children constantly complain that they’re not allowed anything sweet. I am a sugar Nazi, I admit! I regularly quote the WHO guidelines on sugar intake at them. Cue eye rolls and sighs from the kids. But, this week’s post will make them happy!

Healthy sweet treats that are high in fibre, some with added (or hidden!) veggies or nuts for extra nutrients. Gluten free, dairy free and vegan options. They’re all easy to make, and they’re all super yummy. So what are you waiting for? Get making!

Raspberry Coconut Slice

Healthy Raspbery Coconut Slice
Healthy Raspbery Coconut Slice

Get yourself outside some of this gorgeous raspberry coconut slice from Well Nourished. It’s an old fashioned recipe turned healthy. It has a few variations too, a nut free and a vegan friendly recipe.

Apple Nachos

Apple nachos chocolate peanut butter
Apple Nachos With Peanut Butter and Chocolate

Get your ‘apple a day’ with a healthy hint of sweetness with this super simple apple nachos recipe. With melted peanut butter and dark chocolate chips, there’s hardly an sugar and it looks (and tastes) amazing.

Balsamic Buttermilk Sherbet (Sorbet)

Balsamic Buttermilk Sherbet
Balsamic Buttermilk Sherbet

This delicious blend of frozen fruit, buttermilk and balsamic vinegar creates a delicious sherbet that is a perfect substitute for the usual high fat ice cream. Perfect for sunny days, quick to make, and the only sugar comes from the whole fruit.

Pumpkin Brownies

Vegan & Gluten Free Pumpkin Brownies
Vegan & Gluten Free Pumpkin Brownies

A healthy and gluten free treat perfect for vegans. This pumpkin brownie has no refined sugars, only the delicious goodness of  pumpkin, beetroot, dates and maple syrup.

Tahini Swirl Brownies

Tahini Swirl Brownies
Tahini Swirl Brownies

These brownies by Jessica Spel are so delicious and healthy. Enjoy a sweet treat without the guilt! They are free from processed sugar (although you will need maple syrup), gluten free and can easily be adapted so they’re dairy free, too.

Healthy Cinnamon Carrot Cookies

Healthy Cinammon Carrot Cookies
Healthy Cinnamon Carrot Cookies

Moist and sweet, cinnamon carrot cookies are great for when a mid afternoon craving hits, and perfect for lunchboxes. They’re chewy, gluten free and refined sugar free. There’s a cup of carrots in these, too, although I’m not sure that they’ll count towards your 5 and 2!

Ginger Watermelon Italian Ice

Ginger Watermelon Italian Ice
Ginger Watermelon Italian Ice

Oh My Veggies Ginger Watermelon Ice packs a flavour punch! Super yummy, and oh so simple. I cut the sugar back to nothing, and add a couple of spoonfuls of maple syrup instead to make it even healthier.

Guilt Free Chocolate Truffles

Guilt Free Chocolate Truffles
Guilt Free Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate truffles? Yes, please! I love this recipe from May I Have The Recipe. Rich chocolate with some nut butter and yoghurt. Couldn’t be easier. And if you’re catering vegan or dairy free, it’s super simple to adapt.

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

These strawberry oatmeal bars don’t just look lovely, they’re healthy, too. They’re nut free, so great for school lunchboxes. And you can easily make them gluten free and dairy free, as well.

Superfood Dark Chocolate Bark

Superfood Dark Chocolate Bark
Superfood Dark Chocolate Bark

How good does this dark chocolate bark look? The colours are divine, and it’s chock full of good stuff with all the superfood additions like nuts, goji berries, pumpkin seeds, and chia all on a dark chocolate base. Simple to make, it’s a great one for kids to help out with. And it looks so good, it would make a great present, too.

Sweet Potato Pumpkin Brownie Bites

Sweet Potato Pumpkin Avocado Brownie Bites
Sweet Potato Pumpkin Avocado Brownie Bites

I’m a little obsessed with sweet potato. Baked with cinnamon is my thing, but I’m quite willing to try it in chocolate brownies with walnuts, too. I haven’t tried these brownie bites yet, but they are absolutely on my list!

Upside Down Pineapple Breakfast Cake

Upside Down Pineapple Cake
Upside Down Pineapple Cake

I have to admit that I can’t get my head around cake for breakfast. Any other time of the day, sure. But if cake for breakfast is your thing, try this. The sweetness comes from dates and apples, and it’s grain free and gluten free, too. Everything about this Upside Down Pineapple Cake sounds awesome, except for the breakfast part! I think I’ll save mine for morning tea.

Chocolate Hobnobs

 

Vegan Gluten Free Homemade Chocolate Hobnobs
Vegan Gluten Free Homemade Chocolate Hobnobs

These chocolate hobnobs from Nadia’s Healthy Kitchen have just six ingredients. They’re high in fibre, gluten free, dairy free and ever-so-slightly addictive. So crunchy, sweet and more-ish, what more could you ask for?

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Chocolate Avocado Mousse
Chocolate Avocado Mousse

I had to include this chocolate avocado mousse from Nadia Lim. I love her recipes. They’re always so simple, and I haven’t had a bad one yet. Avocado chocolate mousse might sound a bit weird, but one spoonful and you’ll be a convert. So. Damn. Good

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13 Easy Ideas for Healthy Kids Party Food

healthy kids party food

healthy kids party food

One of my kids went to a party last week, and the food was, well … I’m not sure I’d call it food. Highly processed crap is what I’d call it.

When we have kids parties, we tend to self cater. A BBQ in the local park; run themselves ragged at indoor play centre then home for eats; or even just party games at home. I’m not exactly well known for my imaginative parties and fancy cakes, but we do serve real food and there’s never anything left over!

So this week, I thought I’d round up some ideas for easy, healthy kids party food.

Healthy Kids Party Food Mr. McGregor's Garden Patch
Mr. McGregor’s Garden Patch by Spaceships and Laser Beams

I don’t know a kid that won’t eat at least some veggies when they’re served up with a yummy dip. And who could possibly resist mini carrots from Mr McGregor’s Garden Patch? Certainly not me!

Healthy Kids Party Food Green Hummus Dip
Green Hummus Dip by I Quit Sugar

Hummus is super easy to make, and I love adding extras to give it even more of a veggie boost. If kale isn’t your thing, try it with baby spinach. Or even avocado. Delish!

Healthy Kids Party Food Minty Yoghurt Dip
Minty Yoghurt Dip by Jamie Oliver

Another super easy dip to make, and it works just as well as an after school snack as it does for party food. There’s something about this minty yoghurt dip that kids just love. Serve with veggies chopped into fingers, and watch them disappear!

Healthy Kids Party Food Fruit Salad with Citrus Dressing
Fruit Salad with Citrus Dressing by Super Healthy Kids

Sweet, super cute and delicious – these fun Fruit Salads with Citrus Dressing are really easy to make and look fantastic. It doesn’t matter what kind of fruit you use, so choose your favourites and start chopping!

Healthy Kids Party Food Butterflies Fresh Fruit on a Stick
Butterflies Fresh Fruit on a Stick by Kiddie Foodies

I’m not usually your fruit shapes kind of parent. Don’t have the time, don’t have the patience, and it seems kind of wasteful – what do you do with the fruit that doesn’t fit the shape? But these Butterflies on a Stick are so pretty, and you could easily just freeze the rest of the fruit for smoothies.

Healthy Kids Party Food Salted Caramel Popcorn Squares
Salted Caramel Popcorn Squares by Wholesome Cook

Salted caramel popcorn is a perfect sweet treat for a party, and I love that they’re dairy free, gluten free and vegan. Ideal to take as a treat if you’re visiting, too.

Healthy Kids Party Food Fruit Sushi
Fruit Sushi by Super Healthy Kids

How gorgeous is this fruit sushi! I’m dying to make this, even if my kids won’t eat it. (Both my kids loathe bananas – of all the fruits to dislike!). All the more for me, then. Oh, go on then, and the other kids at the party!

Healthy Kids Party Food Vegetable Fritters
Vegetable Fritters by Taste

Veggie fritters see a lot of action at my place. They’re perfect to make ahead, freeze and then warm up when you need them. Dollop on some yoghurt, add some chilli sauce and Bob’s your uncle. Great for lunch boxes as well as parties.

Healthy Kids Party Food Muffin Chicken Pot Pie
Mini Muffin Chicken Pot Pie by Super Healthy Kids

So easy that kids can make them, and they’ll freeze well, too. Mini Muffin Chicken Pot Pies can be warmed in the oven just before you serve. And let me tell you, they beat party pies hands down!

Healthy Kids Party Food Chicken Dippers
Chicken Dippers by Good To Know

These Chicken Dippers use potato chips to give them that extra crunch. Not something I’d make every day, but absolutely perfect for a party.

Healthy Kids Party Food Hawaiian Pizza Pops
Hawaiian Pizza Pops by Taste

I had a larger version of these a few months back, and they were so good that I stuffed myself unashamedly. I’ve been looking for a recipe ever since! How good do these Hawaiian Pizza Pops look?

Healthy Kids Party Food Flavoured Waters
Flavoured Waters by The Yummy Life

I make flavoured fruit waters whenever we have friends over. My kids’ favourites are strawberry and mint, and lemon and basil. They’re so good, and so refreshing. Just infuse the fruit for a couple of hours beforehand, and top up with water and ice as guests arrive.

Healthy Kids Party Food Homemade Lemonade
Homemade Lemonade by Divas Can Cook

The last time I made homemade lemonade like this, I got distracted and burnt the lemons to a blackened pile. Yes, lemonade is easy to make. No, don’t wander off and get started on a load of washing. Or if you do, set yourself a timer! And then you’ll have deliciously tangy lemonade for your party.

Tell us – what’s your favourite healthy kids party food?

Easy, fudgy chocolate biscuits with gluten and dairy free options

Easy, Fudgy Chocolate Biscuits with Gluten & Dairy Free Options

Easy, Fudgy Chocolate Biscuits with Gluten & Dairy Free OptionsI have this lovely friend, Kerryn, who also happens to be a wonderful cook. She always bakes for the school’s cake stalls, and her stuff always sells out first. I’ve been buying her chocolate biscuits from school fundraisers for years, and they’re always delicious. Now Kerryn is not just a fabulous cook, she’s a very generous one. When I asked for the recipe, she not only wrote it out for me, but accompanied it with another batch of biscuits. What a sweetheart!

This recipe works just as well with gluten free flour as it does with normal flour, and you can substitute a dairy free alternative for the butter. I’m not gluten free or dairy free, and neither is anyone in my family, but these are the best chocolate biscuits I’ve ever tasted. They’re fudgy and densely chocolatey and they’re just as good after a fancy dinner with coffee as they are for a school lunchbox treat.

This is such a simple recipe that older children can make it by themselves. Younger children can help out by rolling the dough into balls. Try making a batch. I have no doubts that you’ll love them, and I’m pretty sure that these will be making an appearance at your school cake stalls next year!

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Do you have a favourite cake stall recipe? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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Strawberry Coconut Jelly Treats

Strawberry Coconut Jelly Treats

Strawberry Coconut Jelly Treats

Gummy bears are one of those lollies that I won’t let the kids eat (here’s why). And yet I secretly love them myself. I love the chewy texture when you bite into those little guys, but I won’t eat them because they’re so full of crap.

I happened to be cruising the web a while ago, probably looking for something completely different, when I came across a recipe for home made gummies, and thought – I have got to try that. So I did, and the first couple of tries were disastrous (think runny orange jelly). But I kept trying, and eventually came up with the coconut strawberry version that I’m sharing here.

The best part about this recipe for me is that I’ve been trying to add gelatin to my diet for a while, but I just couldn’t seem to get to grips with it. I tried mixing it with juice and smoothies, drinking it with water, and adding it to soups and stews. The last one was most successful, but it’s hard to eat enough soups and stews to get much gelatin into your diet.

These jelly treats are easy (too easy!) to eat, they’re super yummy, my kids love them, and they’re pretty easy to make.

The strawberry coconut jelly treats are ideal if you’re following the Paleo diet. And they’re also great if you’re like me, just trying to find treats for your kids that aren’t full of crap.

The jelly squares come out pretty solid, so they won’t melt in a lunchbox, which makes them a perfect treat for school. They’re also great for a kids party, because you can make them ahead of time.

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I happen to love coconut cream, which is why I’ve done two flavour layers, but you can do just the one.

I use coconut cream because it’s easier to find coconut cream that’s 100% pure. I find that coconut milk tends to have additives, and I don’t want that. If you do use coconut cream, thin it with a little milk as it makes it much easier to work with. If you’re using coconut milk, you don’t need to add water. Just increase the amount of coconut milk to around 375mls.

This recipe also works really well with mango, and if I ever see a bag of passionfruit that I don’t have to remortgage my house for I’ll be adding them to the mango mix, too.

They’ll keep for up to two weeks in the fridge, or pop them into the freezer to keep for up to 3 months.

What’s your favourite homemade treat? Share below!
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No Bake Oaty Seedy Energy Bars

No Bake Oaty Seedy Energy Bar Recipe

No Bake Oaty Seedy Energy Bar Recipe

You know the feeling when you’re about to pick the kids up from school and run them somewhere else, you know they’re going to be starving but you don’t want to spoil their dinner. Grab one of these more-ish oaty seedy energy bars, add a piece of fruit and the kids will be good for another few hours!

They’re no bake, so they’re really simple, and you can keep them in the freezer for ages. There’s no nuts, so they’re good for school, but there’s lots of seeds so they’re really nutritious.

There’s a little bit of sweet, but not too much. I’m so happy with these that I’ll let my kids have these as a ‘rushing out the door without breakfast’ breakfast. Add a pre-cooked and cooled boiled egg, and you’re good to go.

My lovely friend Kerryn gave me the original recipe for these, but I couldn’t help tweaking it just a little. I’ve drastically cut the sweetness (the original recipe called for 175g of honey), and if you don’t have the exact ingredients, it’s easy to swap things around.

Ingredients:

  • 100 g rolled oats
  • 60g sesame seeds
  • 60g pepitas
  • 60g sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds or ground flax seeds
  • 60g shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 60g butter
  • 65g coconut oil
  • 60g honey or brown rice syrup (you can add more if you want, but even my kids think this amount is sweet enough!)
  • You can also add dried fruit or cacao nibs, nuts or swap the seeds around if you have a preference or allergies.

Directions:

Combine the butter, coconut oil, cinnamon and honey (or rice syrup) in a saucepan and heat gently until they’re melted and combined. Switch off the heat, and leave this while you do the next step.

An optional, but delicious step here is to toast the oats, seeds and coconut in a dry frying pan for a few minutes. Stir continuously, and take them off the heat when they start to brown. Trust me when I say that you need to keep your eye on them! They seem to go from nothing to burnt in no time at all.

Split the oats and seeds mix in half. Put half into a big mixing bowl, and the other half into a food processor. You want whole bits for texture and crunch, but I’ve found that giving the other half a quick blitz seems to hold the whole mixture together much better and it’s nowhere near as crumbly as leaving everything whole. Just blitz for a few seconds, then tip them into the mixing bowl to join the whole oats and seeds.

Take your warm honey mix and pour it over the top of the oats and seeds. Mix everything together until it’s combined, and all the oats and seeds are coated with the honey mix.

Empty the whole mixture into a slice tin that you’ve line with baking paper, or a silicone slice tin (which I find much easier). Use the back of a silicone spatula and press the whole mixture down firmly into the corners of the tin.

Stick it in the freezer for half an hour until it’s set. I like to leave mine until it’s quite hard, and then it’s easy to slice into squares. Pack them into a container and stick them back in the fridge or freezer to keep. I think they’d probably keep for months in the freezer, but ours have never lasted that long!

 

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The One Cup Cake

The One Cup Cake

The One Cup Cake

A while ago, my lovely mum came to stay. When she left, I discovered that she had made and frozen this cake for us. It was all sliced up, so we could just grab a piece and defrost it to have with a cup of tea or for a lunchtime treat. It was gorgeous, and I’m so pleased that she finally got around to giving me the recipe. All I can say is, that it was worth the wait. Thanks, Mum!

2 cups of wholemeal self raising flour

2 cups brown sugar

2 cups coconut

2 cups apricots, chopped

2 cups milk

2 cups sunflower seeds

2 cups pumpkin seeds

Mix altogether and fan bake at 150 degrees celcius for approximately 1 hour in a loaf tin.

Note: Mum says that she only uses only 1 cup brown sugar, and it’s still good. Sounds like a good idea to me, too!

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ANZAC Biscuits – a brief history and an original recipe

ANZAC Biscuits have a long association with Australian and New Zealand Army Corps  – dating back to the first World War.

The army biscuit known as ANZAC biscuits are kind of like the old ship’s hard tack. They have a long shelf life, and were often eaten as a substitute for bread. Unlike bread, though, the biscuits are very, very hard, and some soldiers preferred to grind them up and eat them as porridge.

It is claimed that these biscuits originated when they were made and sent to soilders abroad by their loving wives and mothers – they contained ingredients that did not spoil easily and they kept well during naval transportation.

The ANZAC biscuit that is still popular today is somewhat different. You can make them crunchy, or soft and chewy. They’re great for dunking in your tea!

I found this recipe on the Australian War Memorial Web Site and it is a original recipe provided by an ANZAC who was present at the Gallipoli landing.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup each of plain flour, sugar, rolled oats, and coconut
  • 4 oz butter
  • 1 tbls treacle (golden syrup)
  • 2 tbls boiling water
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate soda (add a little more water if mixture is too dry)

Method

1. Grease biscuit tray and pre-heat oven to 180°C.
2. Combine dry ingredients.
3. Melt together butter and golden syrup. Combine water and bicarbonate soda, and add to butter mixture.
4. Mix butter mixture and dry ingredients.
5. Drop teaspoons of mixture onto tray, allowing room for spreading.
6. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool on tray for a few minutes before transferring to cooling racks.

 

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