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Nut Butter Balls

These balls make a tasty treat, or snack, also making a quick breakfast solution when on the go. This recipe can be made using an array of different ingredients depending on your preferences. I have listed alternative suggestions so you can experiment and find the combination you like best.

 

Servings 30


Ingredients

3 cups rolled oats

1 cup coconut flakes, or chopped nuts of your choice

1 cup of seeds such as sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, or hemp seeds

1/2 cup oat flour, or almond meal

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups smooth nut butter such as peanut, almond, ABC

1/2 cup honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup of sweetness such as chocolate chips, cranberries, or sultanas


Method

Place all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the nut butter, honey and vanilla extract, mixing them well before folding in the dry ingredients. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the mixture in the centre until the whole mixture is well coated and sticky.

Using a tablespoon, scoop out the mixture and roll into balls and place on a baking tray. Refrigerate for an hour or until firmly set. Store in the fridge in an airtight container.


 

Date and Almond Balls

These balls make a tasty treat, or snack. This recipe can be made using an array of different ingredients depending on your preferences. I have provided the basic recipe and some ideas to explore for other variations.

# Tip - Don't have time to make the balls. Push an almond inside a date as a quick snack.

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Servings 16

Ingredients

2 cups of dates

1 cup of almonds

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Method

Put all ingredients into a food processor, or blender and blitz until well mixed and sticky. Roll into balls and store in an air tight container. I prefer to keep mine in the fridge.

# Tip - Depending on the strength of your blender or food processor, you may find it easier to roughly chop the dates first.

The variations for this recipe are numerous and if you go hunting on the internet you will find many recipes based on this theme.

Some suggestions include adding:

  • coconut, or roll them in coconut

  • spices such as ginger or cinnamon

  • other dried fruit after blending, such as goji berries, cranberries

  • powders such as protein powder, cacao powder

  • seeds such as chia or sesame

  • dip in melted chocolate and let set before storing

 
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Frozen Banana Boat


This is a simple, tasty little recipe.

Simply cut bananas in half lengthways and freeze. Serve with your choice of nut butter and sprinkle with berries or nuts.

 

Black Bean Brownies

Super moist and tasty, you won't believe that this was made using black beans. This dish stores well in the fridge for several days and also freezes well.

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Servings 6

Ingredients

80 g rolled oats

100g dark chocolate

2 cans of black beans, drained

1/4 cup of olive oil

1 tsp baking powder

Pinch of sea salt

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1 tbsp  brown sugar

1 egg

2 tsp vanilla bean extract

1/2 cup milk

Method

Preheat fan forced oven to 180° .

In a food processor or blender, process the oats into a flour. Place to one side. Melt the dark chocolate. 

Combine the black beans and olive oil in the food processor or blender, and process until it forms a paste. Add the oat flour, baking powder, sea salt, cocoa powder, brown sugar, egg and vanilla extract and blend. Pour the melted dark chocolate into the blender and continue to blend, slowly pouring the milk in until it forms a batter.

Pour into a 20cm x 20cm square baking tray lined with baking paper. 

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through. 

Leave to cool before slicing into six even portions.

Tip - this recipe stores well in the fridge for several days and freezes well.

1 cup of oats is approximately 90 grams, so pour a little under one cup if you don't have scales.

 
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Banana Bread


Super moist and tasty, this is a great way to use up over-ripe bananas. This recipe can easily be made gluten free and freezes well in slices to eat on another day.

 

Servings 10


Ingredients

2 very ripe bananas

1/3 cup of honey, or 1/2 cup coconut sugar

3/4 cup milk

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cups whole wheat flour, or gluten free flour

1 cup almond flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon all spice

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Topping suggestions:

Oats, walnuts, or thin slices of banana

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 180°

Mash bananas in a bowl and then add honey, or sugar, milk, olive oil, vanilla and mix well. 

In a medium bowl combine the two flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and allspice.

Combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients and stir until just combined, then fold in the walnuts. 

Pour into the prepared pan. Top with your choice of chopped walnuts, oats, or thin banana slices.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.

 

Oat and Seed Slice


This is a simple, tasty little recipe.

No cooking required and stores well in the fridge for week.

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Servings 12

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups rolled oats 

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup dried cranberries, goji berries, or sultanas 

2 tbsp chia seeds, or sesame seeds

1/4 cup honey 

1/3 cup coconut oil 

1 tsp vanilla extract

Method

Grease and line an 18cm x 28cm slice pan.

Mix the oats, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, and chia seeds in a bowl.

Melt the honey and coconut oil in a small saucepan, over medium heat until combined.

Bring to the boil and cook until lightly golden. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.

Pour honey mixture over oat mixture and mix until well combined. Press into prepared pan and then refrigerate for 3 hours, or until firm.


#Tip - Stores well in the fridge for a week.