Chocolate Drops

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There are many thing do with leftover food.  I had volunteered yesterday for one of the food organisations in Perth.   They  used donated food items like canned food, vegetables, fruits and spices to make dinner for two charities.  When we had  completed making  dinner, the Head Chef presented us with delicious chocolate balls.  I asked for the recipe and he replied they were from leftover cake he had made earlier on.

He blended leftover chocolate cake, rolled them up in balls and coated it in desiccated coconut. Then placed them in the fridge to harden.  He gave me the remaining mixture, so I made them today.

 

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Pina Colada Bites

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The moment I saw this recipe I had to try it and I was happy with the results. Love the tangy taste from the pineapple, the sweetness from the dates and crunchy coconut toping.  It has  four ingredients, the two main ingredients of a Pina colada, pineapple and coconut.  The other two ingredients which are not found in a Pina Colada are dates and cashew nuts.

 

Ingredients

1/2 cup unsalted cashew nuts

1/3 cup dates, pits removed

1/3 cup desiccated coconut

1/3 cup canned pineapples drained

Pinch of salt

Extra desiccated  coconut for coating

 

Method

Preheat oven to 180ºC

Line baking tray with non stick paper

In a blender add cashew nuts, dates. coconut and a pinch of salt.  Process until it resembles breadcrumbs.

Add pineapples and process until smooth and sticky and you can form a dough.

Add the extra desiccated  coconut on a plate.  Make teaspoon size disc and coat in the coconut.  Place on the baking tray.

Bake for 5-10 minutes, or until it is golden brown.

 

Note

When baking put an eye on the coconut so it doesn’t burn

 

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Apricot Balls

Cashew Power Ball

Raw Chocolate Cookies

 

 

 

 

 

Banana, Blueberry and Coconut Muffin

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This is a  great cheat day or midweek snack .  This muffin contains no sugar or sweetener.  The sweet taste come from the ripe bananas and blueberries and a crunch from the almonds.  It’s also good to make when you have the “feel like a muffin today” crave.

Ingredients

1 cup almond meal

2 tsp baking powder

I cup desiccated coconut

3 ripe bananas

1 tsp ground cinnamon

4 eggs beaten

¼ cup coconut oil

¼ cup blaeberries

¼ cup almond flakes

Method

Preheat oven to 180°C

Add the almond meal, baking powder, eggs, cinnamon, desiccated coconut, mashed banana and coconut oil in a bowl.  Mix all the ingredients, making sure they are just combined.  Don’t overmix.  Fold blueberries and almonds in the mixture.

Use ¼ cup to pour the muffin batter into muffin tins or cups.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Insert skewer to make sure it’s cooked.  (Skewer has to be clear)

Let it cool for ten minutes, then remove to cool further on a rack.  Enjoy with a  cup of green tea.

Note

It makes 8

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Fruity Panna Cotta

Poached Pear with Black Tea

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Walnut Slice

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I loved this delicious afternoon snack, it is addictive. The dates give the sweetness, the dark cholate gives the bitter tone while the walnut gives it a great crunch.

Ingredients

20 soft dates or 400g soft dates

1/2 cup walnuts

1/3 cup peanut butter

1 cup puffed brown rice

2 tsp vanilla extract

80g dark chocolate

 

Method

To make dried dates soft.  Soak dates in hot water for 15 minutes and drain.

While the dates are soaking, line a loaf tin with baking paper, make sure the sides are longer . it will be easier to remove the slice.

Add the dates, peanut butter, vanilla extract and process until it’s a paste.

Place the paste in a bowl and add the rice puffs and walnuts and mix.

Add the mixture into the loaf tin and press with a spoon (make spoon wet if mixture is sticky) or your wet  hand.

Melt the dark chocolate and pour over the mixture.

Place in the fridge for twenty minutes.

Remove from tin by lifting longer side of baking paper and cut into slices

 

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Cashew Power Ball

Fruits and Nuts

Sticky date balls

Apricot Balls

 

 

Fruits and Nuts

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A perfect afternoon snack for the week.  This snack has the sweetness from the dates, tanginess from the apricots and crucch from the nuts.

Ingredients

100g pecans

100g hazelnuts

20g LSA

180g dates

100g dried mixed berries of your choice (I used apricots cranberry and goji berries)

200g rolled oats

2 tablespoon coconut oil

2 tablespoon maple syrup

 

Method

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until combined.

Make flat balls and put it in the fridge.

 

Note

You can male 12 balls and use remaining mixture as a crumble to your porridge, panna cotta or muesli.

You can make 24 balls.

It can stay in the fridge for two weks.

 

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Apricot Balls

Raw Chocolate Cookies

Cashew Power Ball

Orange Chocolate Ball

 

 

 

 

Raw Chocolate Cookies

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This delicious cookies are  filled with nuts, seeds and a hint of dark chocolate.  A perfect afternoon snack.

Ingredients

1/3 cup LSA

1/3 cup pumpkin seeds

¼ cup mixed nuts

1 tbsp. cocoa powder

1 tbsp. peanut butter

5 chopped dates

1 tsp. cinnamon

¼ tsp. salt

1 tsp. melted coconut oil

1 tsp. honey

1 cup water

 

Method

Add all ingredients in a food processor and belnd until is well combined and gooey.

Roll into 10  cookie balls.

 

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Cashew Power Ball

 

 

 

Sticky date balls

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This is an awesome snack to have during your mid morning break or as an afternoon snack. The dates are soaked in water to give the sticky feel and blended into nuts and almond meal.

Ingredients

boiling water

½ cup dates

¼ cup mixed nuts (almonds, pistachio, hazelnut, cashew, macadamia, brail nuts any nuts or a mixture of your favourite nuts)

¼ cup almond meal

¼ cup desiccated coconut for coating

¼ tsp. salt

 

Method

Add dates in a bowl and cover it with hot water.  Soak for 15 minutes. After  15 minutes drain the water and set aside.

In a processor add the nuts and process until it is partially fine.  Add the dates, almond meal and salt.  Process until it is combined. Add eextra almond meal if mixture too sticky.

Roll into 10-12 balls and coat in coconut.

 

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Orange Chocolate Ball

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Apricot Balls

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A easy snack to make during the weekend for the week.  The apricot balls have a tangy taste from the dried apricots, crunch from the roasted nuts and sesame seeds.

Ingredients

100g unsalted cashew nuts

20g sesame seeds

80g dried apricots

1 tbsp. almond meal

4cm piece if ginger

½ tsp mixed spice

2 tbsp. honey

 

Method

Roast the cashew nuts and sesame seeds in a  dry pan on a medium heat.  Heat until lightly brown. Set aside to cool.

In the food processor, add the apricots, almond meal.. ginger, spice, honey, cashew nuts and sesame seeds.  Process until the mixture is combined.

Roll them into balls. Make 8-10 balls.

 

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Cashew Power Ball

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Orange Chocolate Ball

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Another divine afternoon snack, filled with oats, nuts, orange juice and cocoa powder.   Great to have while reading a good book.

Ingredient

170g oats
250G Dates
3 tbsp. cocoa powder
2 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. orange juice
2 tbsp. coconut oil
2 tbsp. desiccated coconut
Pinch of salt
1/2 zest of orange

Method
Place oats in a food processor and grind until it’s a fine flour texture
Add dates, cocoa powder, honey, orange juice, coconut oil, desiccated coconut and orange zest in a food processor and grind until its well combined.
Roll into 18-20 balls.

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Apricot Balls

Cashew Power Ball

Sticky date balls

Cashew Power Ball

_DSC1679I loved this for a mid morning/afternoon snack. It is filled with nuts, dried fruits and a dash of cocoa powder.    It is easy to make and tasty.

Ingredients
200g Cashew nut
3 tbsp. Pepitas
2 1/2 tbsp. raw cocoa powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt
150g dried apricots
150g pitted dates
2 1/2 tbsp. honey
50g desiccated coconut

Method
Place cashew nuts in a food processor and blend until powder start to form.
Add Pepitas, cocoa, cinnamon and sea salt into the cashew nut. Blend until mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Add apricots and dates. Blend until fruits are finely chopped.
Add homey, beld until it’s mixed and forms and add desiccated coconut.
Roll mixture into 24 balls with moisture hands.
Place in airtight container and place it the fridge.
It can stay in the fridger for 2-3 weeks.

 

Note

Try these other snacks:

Sticky date balls

Apricot Balls

Orange Chocolate Ball

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