I generally try to resist after dinner treats but sometimes I just can’t help it, we all crave a bit of something sweet and scrumptious every now and then. Obviously a prepackaged snack would be quick and easy but I have discovered that (while more effort) making my own treats is much more rewarding and at least I know exactly what goes in them.
It can be a bit of a puzzle to create with what’s in your pantry at the time and it doesn’t always work out but I was super duper pleased with how these almond biscuits turned out. They were simple to make and the kids absolute loved them too, in fact I thought they were even more delicious the next day:
2 cups of Almond Meal
1/4 tsp of Baking Soda
2 pinches of salt
70ml Coconut Oil (melted)
4 tbsp of Maple Syrup
4 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste
2 tbsp of Cinnamon
2 tbsp of Coconut Sugar
This is how you do it:
Preheat your oven to 175° C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
Prepare your dusting mix and set aside for later.
Mix all the dry ingredients in one bowl and mix all the wet ingredients in another bowl.
Combine the wet and the dry mixtures into one, gooey, sticky dough
Using a metal spoon create a little ball (roughly the size of a small walnut) and gently roll it through the dusting mix to coat, it will be sticky! You should get about 20 balls out of this but of course you can make your biscuits as big or small as you like.
Place each ball on your baking tray whilst leaving enough space in between (they will grow in the oven) and flatten them slightly with the palm of your hand.
Bake for approximately 9 minutes until golden and still soft in the centre.
Be patient and let the biscuits cool before removing them from the paper or they will fall apart. Enjoy!
A few weeks ago I made the mistake no one on a diet should make: I went to the supermarket on an empty stomach. I admit it took some self control but I made the (diet)wise decision to pass the confectionary aisle and picked up something from the health food section instead. I decided on a nice ‘raw coconut rough’ superfood bar which turned out to be absolutely delicious but sadly also very expensive…
As I sat in the car slowly enjoying my special treat I studied the packaging and read it only had 7 ingredients. It got me thinking that if I could source those ingredients I could try and replicate the same product at home so it would be more suited to our family budget. I found all the ingredients at my local supermarket and health food store (bulk is the way to go with a large family!) and got out my Russell Hobbs food processor.
The high gloss Russell Hobbs Colour Control Multi-Processor (RRP $149.95, 850W) with stainless steel finishes is a stylish and versatile kitchen appliance designed for chopping, shredding, grating, whisking, whipping, blending and beating. It comes with a large 1.7 litre processing bowl, 1.5 litre blending jug and a range of accessories to help you take your homecooking from simple to chef.
To make my Raw Coconut Rough I used the extra strong titanium coated blades (much harder than uncoated stainless steel) to easily cut through and chop the coconut flakes. The processor has four different speed settings to suit all your prepping needs and you can see by the colour of the handy light-up ring which setting the machine is on, to get my mixture to the right consistency I used a combination of speed 3 (blending) and P (chopping, processing).
The only downside of making my own snacks in my food processor is that it does take a bit of washing up. You have to take all the pieces apart for a thorough clean (by hand or dishwasher) afterwards, so the best way to make the dishes worthwhile is by making a few big batches at the same time. After making my Raw Coconut Rough I also made a batch of Raw Almond Bliss Balls, hubby and the kids go crazy for these.
The Russell Hobbs Colour Control Multi Processor comes with a generous 2-year warranty for extra peace of mind.
Here’s my homemade Raw Coconut Rough recipe and the products/brands I used:
Raw Coconut Rough
4 tbsp Raw Organic Cacao Powder (Power Super Foods)
1 tbsp Raw Organic Lucuma Powder (Loving Earth)
3 tbsp Raw Organic Coconut Oil
1/2 tsp Organic Vanilla Bean Paste (Queen Fine Foods)
3 heaped cups Coconut Flakes (try the ‘bin’ section at your health food store for best value)
15 Medjool Dates (pitted)
pinch of Himalayan Pink Rock Salt
With the measuring part done the rest is smooth sailing, just throw everything in your food processor and blitz to combine (there should be no big coconut flakes left!). It may take a while to come together and don’t forget to scrape down the sides from time to time. Once everything is combined it may still look a bit crumbly, but if you can squeeze it and it stays together well it will work.
Line a large baking tray with baking paper with plenty of baking paper hanging over on the side. Place your mixture on the baking paper and fold the ‘overhanging’ baking paper over the top. I used a rolling pin to flatten the mixture and smooth it to cover the entire tray, my slab was about 7-8mm thick but obviously there may be some variances. Pop your tray in the freezer for an hour or so.
Your raw coconut rough slab should now be quite solid and not as sticky so it is very easy to cut. I cut mine in little bars weighing approx. 30g each. Remember that due to the dates the sugar content is quite high even though they are natural sugars, so you don’t want to make your bars much bigger than this. I feel this is the perfect size and chocolatey snack to keep me going. Keep in the fridge, enjoy!
With just 11 days until the first day of school we are making the most of the school holidays. Arts and crafts, baking treats, playgrounds, bus trips and fun outings, we’re making this last week count! It is also a great opportunity to give our new school gear a little test-run before the big day, yummy picnic coming up:
Australian homeware specialist Décor has got meals on-the-go covered with a fresh new Back to School range. From small snacks to luscious lunches, from tasty treats to delicious dinners and even thirst quenching drinks, Décor keeps them fresh all day.
The colourful Lunch Break System is perfect for our big family, it allows me to pack a personalised, homemade lunch for each child to suit their taste, day and meal size perfectly. Featuring a range of Realseal boxes in different sizes and shapes it feels a bit like a fun game of tetris, but the end result is a well-filled lunchbox that will provide my little students with all the energy they need for a big school day.
Don’t you hate it when your child’s healthy yoghurt spills into their backpack or when salad dressing runs over homework or expensive school books? As the name suggests each Realseal container features a unique seal in the lid making the container instantly airtight and leakproof, yay for no more mess! And that’s not all, the containers are also microwave-safe, freezer-safe, dishwasher-safe and of course free from nasty BPA.
Lunch Break boxes are available in 125ml, 300ml, 650ml and 1L sizes and come in four bright colours that kids will love and are quick to recognise for mother and child (our school-aged kids can each have their own colour, no more mix-ups and arguments). Packing a serve of yoghurt, custard, pasta or salad? There is even a matching carry case with Realseal Cutlery Set available, how handy.
The Realseal Compact 2 Insulated Cooler (smaller lunches) and Insulated Cooler Bag (bigger lunches) are specifically designed to keep all your little Realseal boxes neatly together and cool as a cucumber using an Icewall. I find the Compact 2 the perfect size for our children (aged 7 and under). Both styles are durable, easy to clean and free from BPA, Phthalates, Lead and PVC for lunches that are tasty, fresh and safe.
The Décor Lunch Break range is currently available at Spotlight, Howards Storage World and independent supermarkets across Australia.
To find out more about Décor, to locate a stockist near you and to browse the range visit www.decor.com.au.
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Like many families we always really look forward to a bonus day off, so yesterday we kicked off our long weekend in style with a lovely visit to Gelatissimo on the Parade, Norwood SA. Going out with four small kids can be a daunting task some days but the word ‘icecream’ magically made them behave like little angels.
Gelatissimo award winning gelato is made fresh in stores daily and when you see all those scrumptious flavours piled up high you know immediately you can’t stop at just one scoop. If you happen to see me around town today you may notice my pants are a little tighter after all that yummy gelato but believe me, it was totally worth it.
Gelatissimo’s new Eat-In Desserts Menu is made up of 8 delicious dessert dishes (priced between $7-$12 each) that look like they come straight from the Masterchef Kitchen. Cookies, waffles, biscuit crumbs, strawberries, chocolate sauce, mousse, meringue, brownie and of course lots of gelato, there is a dish to suit everyone’s taste (and if you have a big family like us you can basically try them all!).
Most of the Eat-In Desserts can be served with your choice of gelato, which was especially nice for the kids. Yes their flavour combinations were slightly unconventional sometimes but it’s ‘their dessert, their choice’ and they finished everything up to the last drop. The Gelatissimo employee who served us was really patient while the children made their choice and she let them taste the flavours first if they weren’t sure, which I thought was lovely.
Hubby went with the All About Chocolate ($12), no surprise there, and according to him it was amazing, particularly the bourbon truffle. I may have stolen a little bite too and I can highly recommend it.
As I grew up just 20 minutes from the Belgian border I couldn’t help but choose the Popping Belgian Waffle Stack ($10): Three freshly toasted waffles sandwiched together with (my pick) coconut gelato and biscottino gelato. This was a surprisingly large serve even with miss 2 eating half of the waffles!
The three older kids each chose a different dish and they were all winners in a different way. Master 6 went with Milk and Cookies ($10) of which the biggest hit was the chocolate milk in a cute glass bottle while miss 4 enjoyed a plate of mixed delights called Pavlova Symphony ($10). She loved the tiny meringues and the fresh strawberries and there was plenty to share with little Sybbie.
In saying that, they were all a little jealous of miss 6 who was lucky enough to have chosen Noughts and Crosses ($8). This gorgeous dessert is the perfect kids treat as it consists of a plate decorated with chocolate and ten little cups with gelato so kids can play a game of noughts and crosses while they eat (and buy the parents some more time to finish their own dessert). What a great idea! We chose all fruity sorbet gelato flavours and they were absolutely divine, especially the passionfruit.
Hot cross buns, Malteser bunnies, Cadbury creme eggs… if you’ve been inside a supermarket lately it is impossible to overlook all the yummy Easter treats. As tempting as all those delicious goods may be, you may want to avoid the sugar rush and spoil the kids to a little gift that last a lot longer than the Easter weekend AND won’t damage their teeth either.
Australian label Bobble Art has got all kids covered this Easter with a fantastic range of gifts and accessories. From ballerina to dinosaurs, from paper dolls to the circus and much more, with 11 fun collections to choose from there is a perfect Bobble Art theme to suit every boy and girl.
The exciting new Bobble Art Stationery range is full of fun, stylish and useful gifts that won’t break the bank, prices start at just $2.95 so it’s very budget friendly. Right now you can grab an even bigger bargain with the current ‘Buy one, get one FREE‘ offer valid on the entire stationery category, be quick and stock up while you can. Why not put together a few items from your favourite collection to create a unique Easter gift parcel?
Browsing the Bobble Art website is a bit like walking through a candy store, everywhere you look you see bright colours and funky little gadgets, it’s really hard to pick a favourite. How awesome is this build-your-own Bobble Art Giant Triceratops Eraser (RRP $6.95)? Or maybe you prefer the green T-rex, they’re both really cool. I bet our son would intentionally makes mistakes just so he could get out this dinosaur friend.
As a mum of three daughters I think I know quite well what girls like and I think this gorgeous 5-piece Babushka Stationery Set (RRP $9.95) would be a big hit. My girls love collecting special things in little purses and in the current ‘buy one, get one free’ sale this is an absolute steal, why not pop some in your gift cupboard for emergencies? There are currently six different stationery sets to choose from.
Whether you love or loathe them, school holidays are impossible to avoid so you better make the most of these weeks with your little students home. Stock up on crafts, plan some fun outings, explore the neighbourhood, organise catch-ups with friends and get busy in the kitchen. If your kids are crazy about cooking they are sure to love today’s Christmas Countdown prize courtesy of our friends at That!:
Developed by the kitchen experts at Women’s Weekly this gorgeous Junior Chef Cookbook is the perfect gift for your little mini masterchef. With 64 pages of step-by-step recipes with photographs, handy tools and tips specifically created for young chefs there is plenty of kitchen fun to be had. From yummy breakfasts to delicious main meals and from scrumptious desserts to tasty baked delights, your family is in for a treat this summer.
To make sure the recipes are as fail-proof as possible (nothing like slaving away in the kitchen to end up with a cooking disaster) they have all been triple tested in the Women’s Weekly Test Kitchen so you can count on them to deliver each and every time. To help the kids get started straight away this lovely book comes with three brightly coloured kitchen tools (a spatula, a whisk and a pastry brush) that are easy for little hands to hold.
Obviously this great pack wouldn’t be a That! Prize pack without a big stash of That! Dairy Snacks and That! Milkshakes so they’ve thrown in a 1-month supply of That! goodness too. The super convenient That! pouches are a tasty, calcium rich snack that is perfect for at home and on the go, they make the ideal clean treat for your next Summer holiday outing.
Regular Hip Little One readers will know by now that the team at That! head quarters knows all about delicious and nutritious kids’ snacks. That! Dairy Snack and That! Milkshake are made with real Aussie milk, have as few calories as an apple plus calcium for strong bones and they do not have to refrigerated, they’re simply the perfect lunchbox treat.
But of course there is more to healthy living than eating the right foods, being active is just as important so especially for our Big Birthday Bash That! has put together a fantastic prize pack for healthy kids. Imagine the sparkling eyes and the grin on your little soccer fan’s face when he/she sees this awesome That! package!
For your chance to win a fabulous That! Prize Pack valued at $150 (pack contains a month supply of That!, signed Melbourne Heart soccer ball, signed Melbourne Heart t-shirt and Melbourne Heart cap all fun-packed into a backpack) enter our giveaway below: