Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Bliss Balls three ways| The Kitchen Series


Welcome back everyone to The Kitchen Series and recipe link up. Once again we will be in the kitchen and sharing some family favourites with you, trying new recipes, linking up with other bloggers, experimenting with superfoods and hopefully giving you some cooking inspiration for your own kitchen adventures. 


It was great taking January off and enjoying downtime with my tribe. Heading to the beach, slouching on the couch with books and getting crazy with all manner of play and learning. It's been a great summer although l am over the heat impacting on my garden and causing bush fires. I keep telling myself the cold will come and the rain will fall, but it's the ultimate waiting game at the moment. I have been tempted to dig up my veggie patch and get planting {you can find out about it here} but I'm going to wait till there is cooler weather or the seeds and seedlings will just die. 

We have been eating seasonally still, lots of mexican, warm and cold salads, I revisited the Syrian salads {recipe here} and these yummy morsels { salads and kids meals here, hoisen ribs here, and Italian here}. We have also been introducing superfoods into our daily meals trying out maca powder, acai berry powder, cacao and spirulina {especially into our green smoothies, recipes found here}. I finally got my hand on a big tin of Loving Earth Raw Organic Cocoa powder and it's really good for you. Did you know that Cacao is cold pressed without solvents, and the nutrients are preserved much better than in cocoa - organic raw cacao has over 360% more anti-oxidants than regular cocoa!  It has 21 times more anti-oxidants than green tea, and 7 times more than dark chocolate, and for someone that loves chocolate that is only good news. Just don't forget to add some milk to the TM bowl after you have made these, heat at 100 degrees/speed 4 for a minute and you have the moment lush Hot chocolate with the leftovers. 
With the full kinder week starting today we have been mindful of lunch and snack ideas that are nut free and allergy safe, we don't have any food allergies but the kinder is nut free so these bliss balls are a great snack idea. Yesterday our Montessori intentional learning class was in the kitchen. Miss four made these from scratch- measuring out ingredients, putting them in the thermomix, rolling the mixture into balls, and then eating them. Today l am sharing Bliss Balls three ways. So easy to make in the blender or if you have a thermomix mere seconds and you have some yummy treats. Miss four has a cheese wrap, chopped fruit salad and a bliss ball in her lunchbox and she was one happy munchkin when l dropped her off at kinder, so give it a go and see what you think. 


Cocoa and Apricot Bliss Balls| recipe one





Ingredients

8-10  fresh dates, pitted
8-10 apricots
4 tsp of Living Earth organic cocoa powder
1/2 cup of sunflower seeds
1/2 cup of pepitas
1/2 cup of shredded coconut
a tablespoon of honey {you could use a tsp of agave syrup and tbsp of tahini}
1-2 tsp of water if needed

how to make in thermie
  1. Place all ingredients in the TM bowl, blitz speed 9/25 seconds.
  2. If mixture is to dry add a tsp of water to moisten the mixture. If you find it's to wet add more fruit or seeds.
  3. Using a teaspoon roll mixture into balls. You can use shredded coconut to roll balls in if you want half plain and half with coconut. 
  4. Keep in the fridge so they remain cold and keep for longer. If they are left out they get rather sticky. 



how to make {normal}
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on chop until mixed together and place in a bowl.
  2. Spoon the mixture into balls using a teaspoon, then keep in the fridge.


Goji Berry, Date and Cocoa Bliss Balls| recipe two


Ingredients
1 1/2 cups of oats
1/2 cup of goji berries
1/2 cup of shredded coconut
6-8 dates
3 tsp of cocoa
1/4 cup of maple syrup
1/2 tsp of water if needed

how to make in thermie
  1. Place all ingredients in the TM bowl, blitz speed 9 for 25 seconds.
  2. Using a teaspoon roll mixture into balls.
  3. Keep in the fridge until serving.

how to make {normal}
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on chop until mixed together and place in a bowl.
  2. Spoon the mixture into balls using a teaspoon, then keep in the fridge.

Acai berry and oat Bliss Balls| recipe three

Ingredients
8 fresh dates, pitted
1 1/2 cups of rolled oats
1 tsp of acai berry powder
2 tsp of cocoa powder
1/2 cup of small handful of dried blueberries| or blueberry flavoured Craisins
1/4 cup of maple syrup {or a glug of honey}
1-2 tsp of water if needed
shredded coconut {for rolling balls in or alternatively you can add some to the ball mixture}

how to make in thermie

  1. Place all ingredients in the TM bowl, blitz speed 9 for 25 seconds.
  2. Using a teaspoon roll mixture into balls. You can use shredded coconut to roll balls in if you want half plain and half with coconut. 
  3. Keep in the fridge so they remain cold and keep for longer. If they are left out they get rather sticky. 

how to make {normal}
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on chop until mixed together and place in a bowl.
  2. Spoon the mixture into balls using a teaspoon, then keep in the fridge.





Here's hoping this year will be a great year for the Kitchen Series and recipe link up. You can now link The Kitchen Series in your blogposts and share a link so others can link up their blogposts also.

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Exciting changes this year, hopefully we can get a foodie community running here weekly. It would be great to hear about what you have been eating and the recipes you have come across for summer, share away, leave a comment and of course link up please. Think about becoming a member and let us know what you want to hear about. We'd love to hear from you.
Happy cooking everyone! 
x Mummafox






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