Healthy Dessert/Snack Balls

Hiya GFrees,

So I’ve been wanting to make these ever since a colleague introduced me to Bounce Balls. These delicious, super healthy, quick to make, protein-packed balls are so convenient and filling as a snack for work. and I finally did! 😀

Protein Balls

(For 7 balls each, weighing approx. 17g)

Ingredients:

  • 5 tablespoons ground almonds
  • 7 dates
  • 7 teaspoons water
  • 2 teaspoons hemp protein (I used the Purition Raw Vegan Hemp powder)
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • Shredded coconut (enough to roll the balls in at the end)

Method:

  • Soak the dates in warm water until they are soft. This can take anything up to a couple of minutes, a couple hours or overnight (depending on the type of dates you use)
  • Drain the softened dates and add to the food processor.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of water at a time whilst blending until you have a paste. This will be what acts as a natural sweetener in the recipe.
  • Add the ground almonds, hemp protein, cacao powder, chia seeds and date paste to a bowl and mix thoroughly using the back of a spoon. Keep pressing and eventually, everything will be combined and moist.
  • Divide into 7 parts and roll into balls.
  • Roll the balls in the shredded coconut.
  • ENJOY!

You can have these after being refrigerated for a couple of hours or immediately.

I’ve also got some nutritional information for you guys 🙂

Per ball:

  • Calories – 186kcal
  • Fat – 8g
    • of which saturates 1g
    • of which monounsaturates 0.5g
    • of which polyunsaturates 0.9g
  • Carbohydrates – 8.5g
    • of which sugars 5.2g
  • Fibre – 4g
  • Protein – 5.2g

There are loads of recipes online that you can try. Let me know if you try this one and how it goes. I’ll post some other variations soon 🙂

National Noodle Month – March

Hello again GFrees!

Hope you’re all well. Hope 2016 is treating you well so far?!

Did you know it was National Noodle Month? I didn’t either! :/ Part of me thinks I ought to have known because I do love me some rice noodles. With it being so easy to make and guaranteed to be tasty no matter what veg you throw in to the stir fry.

I may be a bit late with this product review because after looking online, I’ve found that they’ve been around for quite a while – since around late last year! However, I just wanted to write about the instant noodles I discovered at Morrisons. Instant that’s gluten-free is so difficult to find and if it does exist, it’s not even tasty! So finding something that overcomes that problem so well, deserves a few words.

For just £1.74, these are the tastiest instant noodles I’ve ever had! Well done and a massive thank you ilumi!

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They’re even better than the normal foods! They come in 4 different flavours and of these, the 3 vegetarian flavours are:

– Tom Yum Rice Noodles

– Sweet Chilli Rice Noodles

– Singapore Rice Noodles

So far, I’ve only tried the Sweet Chilli ones but I just think they’re so perfect for a quick munch!

You pop open the pot and sprinkle the sachet of flavour in…

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Add boiling water to the fill line (about 300ml) and stir…

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Pop the lid back on and leave it for about 4 minutes before you dig in and enjoy the delicious’ness (not just pretend to enjoy your meal!) on one of those days where you just want to eat out of a pot!

These pots have a rating as to how spicy they are and the Sweet Chilli pot has the highest rating (two out of three chillies). I do like my food spicy however and adding a little bit of chilli powder (pic below) gave the noodles the spicy kick I was looking for…

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I can honestly say I was super impressed by this tasty, quick and easy snack pot.

ilumi have a whole range of ready meals (all gluten- and milk-free) which you can check out here…

http://www.ilumiworld.com

Let me know what you think of any of the products 🙂