Lunchbox snacks – Superfood Bites

Hi, my name is Angela, and I am a TERRIBLE blogger! I cook and I cook and I eat and THEN I remember I should actually be taking pictures of some of this food and sharing the recipes!

Today I remembered. Mid-chew I stopped, took some pictures and tried my very best to remember what I had thrown into the bowl to create these little morsels of YUM…..

Here goes:

SUPERFOOD BITES

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I made the yummy Carrot Cakes from Cooking for Busy Mums and began browsing for some other lunchbox bits and pieces for the week.

I found these scrummy looking bikkies and thought I would have a play with the ingredients I had in my pantry, as you do 🙂

Ingredients:

1/2 cup quinoa flakes

1 cup puffed rice

1/4 cup puffed amaranth

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp sesame seeds

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup dried fruit, chopped (I had dried mulberries and pineapple on hand – you could use whatever you prefer)

1/2 cup Berry Choc Chunk

1/4 cup C Berry Blast

2 tbsp raw cacao powder (because you can never have too much chocolate, dontcha know!)

1 cup preferred plain flour (I used spelt which is NOT gluten free)

100g melted butter or coconut oil

1/4 cup maple (or rice malt syrup)

1 tsp bicarb soda

2 tbspn boiling water

Method:

1. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

2. Melt butter, add sweetener and mix thoroughly.

3. In a separate small bowl mix bicarb and boiling water together.

4. Pour melted butter mixture into dry ingredients with bicarb mixture and stir through well.

5. Grease mini muffin tins with a little coconut oil or butter. Lightly press spoonfuls into each section.

6. Bake in a moderate oven (fan forced around 160 deg) for approx 10 minutes.

7. Allow to cool completely before removing from tin.

I have to say, the kids literally licked their plates clean and I had to hide the remaining bites so there would be some left for lunchboxes!

Enjoy 🙂

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Winter Warming Breakfast – Choc Cinnamon Rice with Pear

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Comfort food PLUS! What could be more cosy on a bleak, grey morning than warm rice, chocolate, cinnamon…..softly cooked pear….. (hold on, I just gotta go check my fridge – I’m sure there are leftovers in there……)

Pears are so sweet and yummy right now! Juicy and firm. The window of  ‘pear ripeness’ is regretfully narrow. Back in the day I worked at a Fruit, Veg and Health Food shop (see, it’s always been in me to love all things wholesome and healthy!)

I remember my boss telling me to get in and buy up the pears as they are at their peak for approx a week, maybe two during the season. Then they becoming ‘trickier’ to ripen.

The pears in this recipe provide a soft, warm, sweet burst of flavour and texture while you eat. Delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 150g arborio rice (I used arborio because I needed it to cook quickly this morning.  Brown would be fine. I’d like to try it with quinoa)
  • enough milk to fill up to the 1 litre mark in the TM bowl (you could use coconut milk, almond milk etc)
  • 2 tbspn pure, organic maple syrup (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tspn cinnamon
  • 2 tbsnp raw, organic cacao
  • 2 (just) ripe pears, cored and chopped into quarters, then quarters again

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Method:

  1. Place all ingredients into Thermomix.
  2. Cook on Sp 2, 20 minutes, 90 deg

It will thicken on standing – great to pour straight into your Thermoserver.

That’s it! Enjoy!

(If you don’t have a Thermie, you can use a saucepan. Just continue to stir gently to ensure it doesn’t stick.)

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