Month: February 2015

Mango & Pretzel Bliss Balls? Say what!

okkkkk so you should know by now if your following on my Instagram account – the_middle_ingredient_leia   That I LOVE creating and inventing new crazy flavours and combinations! It’s all about texture and trying new ingredients, and exposing our 3 kids to nutrition and flavour!



So here we have used Premium Choice branded, dried mango and linseed meal! They have been great supporters in seeing me try new products and creating goodies for them to share with others who like using their health foods – and well, because they are a south Australian Buisness I want to show my support for small local businesses.

Okkkkk so your all saying HURRY UP Leia give us the recipe.

Well it’s simple, all you need is:

1 bag of dried mango

3/4 cup linseed meal

1/2 cup coconut (either shredded or decicated)

Blend or food process or thermomix or even stick blender!! If you have one of these gadgets you can make these balls. BLITZ — BLITZ — BLITZ & BLITZ some more.

Crush some pretzels, I did mine in a zip lock bag and crushed them with a heavy rolling pin. But seriously this should be easy, so do what ever you can think of to get them a bit crumbly and on tiny pieces! Trust me it will work 👍

Using a spoon scoop a bit smaller than a golf ball into the palm of your hand and roll as best shape into a ball as you can.

Roll into the pretzels. I had trouble getting a LOT to stick, but I tried my best and some was better than none. And to be honest any more and they would just be a big giant pretzel! Let them set in the fridge and go slightly hard before eating. 

They should store well and for a long time in the fridge (if they last that long)

Lime crisp cookies

who doesn’t like a crunchy cookie!?

Combine that with Lime, and you have a “WOWZER” of a combination

There is something about limes and coconut in our house – the kids love it, and mum and dad love it! Seriously can’t get enough. Now I’m kicking my self, knowing I should have made them coconut and lime. Oh well, next time!!!



Now this batch/recipe will make LOTS! Depending on stage size your after. So you may want to halve it and try them first and see if you love them as much as we do. But seriously, you know you will love ’em so just make the whole lot hahaha…

Recipe

1 1/2 lime zest

1 1/2 lime juice

250g butter

1 3/4 cup caster sugar

1 tspn vanilla

1 egg

(Mix the above ingredients well)

2  3/4 cups SR. Flour

METHOD:

Roll into small balls and press onto a tray. These are a very buttery crisp cookie, so will spread far on your tray. Give them space between each other. Bake in a fan forced 180 degree oven for 15 minutes. they will look soft when they come out, but will harden and go crunchy after cooled. Totally the type of cookie you are going to want to dunk in your cuppa!!! Or to accompany your green tea 👌

I’ve got great BALLS!

Who doesn’t like experimenting??
Who doesn’t love a good healthy snack that actually fills you up??

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these coconut lime and mint bliss balls
Are to die for! Here is the recipe

1 cup of dates
1/2 lime juice
1 teaspoon lime rind
6 mint leaves
1/2 cup dedicated coconut

Blitz your dates until fine, add the juice and rind. Blitz for another minute. Break the mint leaves up with your fingers and add them to the blender and blitz for approx 30 seconds. Add your coconut and blitz until all combined well. Scoop small amounts into the palms of your hand and roll into bite sized balls.

Yum!

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Did you say smoothie? Or shake? Here’s 4 your sure to LOV

Totally “HOT” in our house right now!
Hubby is in on it, kids love it – I just want to try more combinations and scream yum yum bubblegum everytime.

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berry banana BOMB

This one above was made with
1 peeled and halved white flesh nectarine
1/2 frozen banana
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
5 medium sized strawberries
2 tablespoons greek yoghurt
1 tsp honey
6 ice cubes
And as much water you need to make it slurpable through a straw. Usually NOT quite 1/2cup.
Blitz it all up in the blender/foodprocessor/stab mixer – what ever youve got!! It will work, trust me

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veggie mixer

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Using these ingredients add some water.

1/2 carrot
1 Lebanese cucumber
1/4 cup of strawberries
Small handful of grapes
1/2 avocado
Icecubes and water
–miss 5 LOVES it, and doesn’t like avocado at all!

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strawberry blitz

1/2 frozen banana
3/4 cup strawberries
1/4 cup grapes
1 heaped tablespoon vanilla yoghurt
Ice cubes and water

– amazingly my favourite!!

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Pineapple lover

1/2 half pineapple
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup coconut milk
Ice cubes and (water if needed)

— Miss 8’s favourite

Vanilla milkshake protein balls

Seriously could you snack on anything healthier??!!

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These babies have been a favourite in our house this past week! Even the kids have wanted them for lunchbox treats.
Recipe: (equal amounts of dry ingredients*nuts*grains – dried fruit/liquid)
Using a food processor or thermomix
Grind your cashews and peppitas and place in a bowl to the side.
Place medjoole dates in the food processor and approx 1 tsp of honey. Until all blended well and smooth.
Add 3/4 of your cashew and peppita mix back to the blender, along with a sprinkle of desicated coconut and chia seeds. Mix well.
Add vanilla bean seeds. Mix well.
Add the rest of your cashew and peppita mix and mix well.

In a bowl have some sesame seeds, scoop small balls out of the blender and roll in the palm of your hands then roll in the sesame seeds.

Seriously if you can get these to last more than a week – HALF YOUR LUCK!
I made a large batch and they all went like hot cakes in a few days

The birthday boy wants CAKE!

My son turned 10!
That in its self was HUGE – let alone the MASSIVE cake I made him.

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So with his excitement on becoming a double digit human meant there needed to be a monsterous cake, and his exact instructions were – ginormous, must have chocolate, banana, caramel and KitKats. And all that- it did have!
YEP you read that right, it was a cake with everything desirable by my 10year old. And let me tell you, the crowed of people it fed did not walk away empty handed nor with empty stomachs HA!

It’s all about the layers:

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So here I have used a basic cake batter and substituted some flour for cocoa powder with milk instead of water.
I had watched a you tube video on how to make caramel out of condensed milk. Now I was skeptical because every time I’ve mDe caramel it’s been with sugar on the saucepan and add your butter etc.
However I desperately wanted to trial this condensed milk method. And it worked well to a consistency I was happy with. The flavour not so much. But hey, I tried it and if you didn’t want to make your own or didn’t know how to then this condensed milk would be perfect for you.

Here’s how-
1 tin of condensed milk
Saucepan of water, to the boil.
Peel the label off of your condensed milk and leave the tin(unopened) sit in a saucepan on medium heat for 3 hours. Remember to top up any water evaporated. Once the 3 hours is up, you must let the can cool in the water for up to 6hours or in my case I left it over night. If you open the tin after being in the saucepan it will explode from being under pressure.
Open your tin of condensed milk and Whoopie! It’s turned to caramel. I added a sprinkle of salt to my caramel.

Once the cakes were cooled I cut them to size. Whipped some cream, and sliced some bananas. Everything was ready to roll!
Taking the plunge I, managed to have my base layer ready and smothered it in a generous amount of whipped cream and a thick drizzle of the salted caramel all over. Then placed another layer of cake and repeated the same process. On the middle layer I used cream and the sliced bananas. Then continues to layer more cake and cream and salted caramel until I reached the top.

Time to cover the cake in delicious chocolate ganache and surround it by four flavours of KitKats – peppermint swirl, white & milk swirl, cookies and cream & milk chocolate.

Finish by freezing halved bananas and dip them in melted chocolate and sprinkles. Once ready to serve place them on top of your cake.

My son loved this cake – and I guess it’s the main thing!!