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Powerstart Fruit & Nut Bars

I first discovered Powerstart a few months ago when a friend, who joined us sailing, bought a bag of Powerstart along for his breakfast. I was instantly intrigued. I love the idea of super foods and try to include as many as possible in my diet. What can be better than a food packed full of nutrients! Almost immediately, I was formulating ideas of things I could do with this product. Obvious bliss balls were forefront in my mind, as were fruit and nut bars. This is my first creation using Powerstart. I used the Cacao Powerstart for this recipe. To see what other flavours they have click here.

“Powerstart was formulated to be the most nutritionally dense breakfast possible, attaining the highest possible amounts of protein, omega fats and anti-oxidants” 
Jason Olderoy – Naturopath & Founder of Powerstart

I first made this recipe with 1/4 of a cup of dried fruit and I had a couple of people tell me it wasn’t sweet enough. I don’t have a sweet-tooth so it was perfect for me. I made a second batch with more fruit and it was better received by the friends who enjoy a sweet treat or two. I, on the other hand, found it a little too sweet and will go back to using only a 1/4 of dried fruit. So you may want to play around with the amount of fruit you use (ingredient  six**). If you like very sweet start with 1/2 a cup of fruit etc.

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Ingredients

1/2 cup Powerstart
1/2 cup LSA*
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup roughly chopped walnuts
1/4 – 1/2 cup mixed dried fruit** (cranberries, blueberries, goji etc)
1/4 cup cocoa or cacao
2 Tbs psyllium
1/2 cup raisins
3/4 cup coconut milk
A little dark chocolate to melt if desired, to top the slices.

Method

Add the first eight ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix until well blended.

Put the raisins and the coconut milk in a food processor and blend for a minute.

Mix the coconut and raisin into the dry ingredients until well blended.

Press into a tray, sprinkle with coconut, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Once it is firm slice it into bars. Drizzle with melted chocolate if desired.

Keep refrigerated.

*LSA is a ground mix of linseed, sunflower and almond.

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About the ingredients

Powerstart (Cacao) –   This mix includes, flax seeds, chia seeds, macadamia nuts, cacao nibs, goji berries and pomegranate powder. For a full list of ingredients click here.  High in protein, omega fats, anti-oxidants and it is gluten free.

LSA (Linseed, Sunflower and Almond) –  Healthy fats –  omega’s 3 and 6, high fibre, vitamins and minerals and it is gluten free.

Desiccated Coconut – High fibre, iron and minerals (gluten free).

Raisins – High fibre, iron, calcium and anti-oxidants (gluten free)

Psyllium – excellent source of fibre and is gluten free.

Chia seeds – high in fibre and good fats – omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, high protein (14% by weight) and gluten free.

Cocoa – high in fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It is also gluten free.

Walnuts – low Carbohydrates (and most carbs in the walnuts are fibre).  High in good fats omega-6 and Omega-3, and contains huge amounts of antioxidants. Walnuts contain many vitamins and minerals, and are gluten fee.

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Lime Panna Cotta

OMG! I love this dessert. Zesty and fresh, creamy and delectable! AND so easy to make. It really is a decadent indulgence which has been a hit at my dinner parties. On a boat? Believe me this is so easy to make as long as you can refrigerate the panna cotta. Another tip is make one large panna cotta instead of individual ones if it is easier for you to store in your fridge.

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Ingredients

600ml cream
200ml milk
3/4 cup caster sugar
4 kaffir lime leaves, torn up*
1 teaspoon finely grated lime rind
1/4 cup lime juice
3 gelatine leaves or 10g powdered gelatine
Lime zest and lime slices, to serve

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Method

I use small 85ml metal moulds and the mix fills 6 of them.

Place cream, milk, sugar, lime leaves and lime rind in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 7 to 8 minutes. Do not allow it to boil or even simmer (just bring it close to a simmer). Keep a good eye on it and stir continually. Remove from heat. Add lime juice and gelatine (if using the leaf gelatine squeeze out excess water before adding it to the cream mix). Stir to combine. Set aside for 10 minutes to help flavours to develop.

After 10 minutes strain mixture through a sieve into a pouring jug and discard the solids.  From the jug pour the mixture into prepared moulds and refrigerate overnight.

Run a knife around the edge of each metal mould and dip base of each mould briefly in hot water. Turn each panna cotta out onto a serving plate. Top with a slice of lime and a sprinkle of lime zest and serve.

*I think of one kaffir lime leaf as the entire leaf i.e. the double. I separate the two leaves from the stem, so in the end I have eight leaves. I wash the leaves then bunch them up and twist them to tear them, leaving them mostly intact.

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Fruit and Nut Rum Balls

How these balls came about… I use prune a lot in my bliss balls because it is high in fibre. Dwayne’s favourite bliss balls (that I have made so far) are the rum and raisin. Since the rum and raisin balls are not as high in fibre as the prune balls, I decided to add rum to to a prune-based bliss ball to see if Dwayne would like it a little better, thereby making a ball we both enjoy!

These are decadent, tasty little treats with lots of superfood goodness and a hint of the naughty rum!

So this is what I came up with…

Ingredients

3/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup psyllium
1/2 cocoa
1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
1/4 cup hazelnuts, roughly chopped
1/4 cup goji
340g pitted prunes
1/2 cup rum
1/4 cup mixed dried fruit (blueberries, cranberries, cherries, raisin)

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Method

Grind the oats in a food processor until fine. Add the oats to a large mixing bowl with the psyllium, cocoa, walnuts, hazelnuts and goji berries. Mix well and set aside.

Put the prunes and the rum in the food processor and blend until it is mushy.

Add the prune mix and the 1/4 cup mixed dried fruit to the bowl with the dry ingredients, and mix well using a large spoon. Once you have it well blended, roll the mix into small balls (25 – 30).

Will store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

About the Ingredients

Oats – High in fibre, helps lower cholesterol and is high in antioxidants.

Prunes – excellent source of fibre, vitamins and minerals.

Psyllium Husk – fibre! and can help manage cholesterol levels.

Cocoa –  rich in minerals such as iron, magnesium and calcium. Has anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, anti-carcinogenic and antioxidant qualities. Can also aid in lowering blood pressure.

Goji Berries – good source of protein, calcium, dietary fibre, vitamins A & C as well as iron, and high in antioxidants.

Walnuts – omega-3 fats and high amounts of copper, manganese, molybdenum, and biotin.

Hazelnuts – high in nutrients and antioxidants.

Rum –  flavour… yum yum!

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Rum and Raisin Bliss Balls

These bliss balls are rich, moist, decadent and very, very tasty. Full of nutritional goodness, they are nonetheless a high energy treat. Just perfect for when you have a long day of sailing ahead of you!

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Ingredients

1 1/4 cup almond meal
1/2 cup cocoa
1/4 cup psylium
1/4 cup chia seeds (I used mixed black and white)
1 3/4 cups firmly packed raisins
1/2 cup gold rum

Method

Place the almond meal, cocoa, psyllium and the chia seeds in a bowl and mix well. Add 1/4 cup of raisins and mix again.

Put the remaining 1 1/2 cups of the raisins in a blender, add the rum and blend well.

Add the raisin and rum mix to the bowl. Using a large spoon mix the wet and dry ingredients until well blended.

With damp hands roll raisin mix into balls and refrigerate.

They will keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks.

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About the Ingredients

Psyllium Husk – fibre! and can help manage cholesterol levels.

Chia Seeds – massive amounts of nutrients with very few calories! Excellent source of fibre and antioxidants. High in protein and omega-3 fatty acids and helps lower the risk of heart disease.

Cocoa –  rich in minerals such as iron, magnesium and calcium. Has anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, anti-carcinogenic and antioxidant qualities. Can also aid in lowering blood pressure.

Almond Meal – high in protein, monounsaturated fatty acids, dietary fibre, antioxidants, vitamins like riboflavin. Lowers cholesterol and help prevent heart disease. Supports health brain function and maintains healthy skin.

Raisins –  loaded with fibre, potassium, iron and other essential nutrients (polyphenols, antioxidants, flavonoids) etc

Rum –  flavour… yum yum!

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Apricot and Coconut Bliss Balls

I have another bliss ball for you! I love knowing what I am eating and by making my own snack foods I am aware of all the ingredients. Home made bliss balls are the perfect snack for the lunch box, morning or afternoon tea, or just when you need some filling up.

My bliss balls do not require any oil to hold them together, as I use the psyllium which works beautifully to bond all the ingredients. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth so please feel free to add a little honey if you want them sweeter (you will probably have to reduce the orange juice). Bon appetit!

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Ingredients

3/4 cup of oats 
1/2 cup desiccated coconut 
300g dried apricots
1/4 cup psyllium husks 
1/4 cup pistachios, roughly chopped
6 brazil nuts, roughly chopped
1/4 cup chia seeds 
1/2 – 3/4 cup orange juice
extra coconut for coating

Method

Add oats to a food processor and process until fine and put into a bowl.

Add the coconut, psyllium, pistachios, brazil nuts and chia seed to the bowl.

Put the apricots into the food processor and chop up. Add 1/2 a cup of orange juice and chop up well.

Add the apricot mix to the bowl and mix well. Add a little more orange juice if needed. Mix into a firm mix. Once well blended, use wet hands and roll the mix into 25 – 30 balls.

Coat the balls in the extra coconut.

Refrigerate. Will last in refrigerator for 2 weeks.

About the Ingredients

Apricots –  are high in beta-carotene, fibre, vitamin C and potassium, they also provide protection against free radical damage.

Oats – High in fibre, helps lower cholesterol and is high in antioxidants.

Psyllium Husk – fibre! and can help manage cholesterol levels.

Chia Seeds – massive amounts of nutrients with very few calories! Excellent source of fibre and antioxidants. High in protein and omega-3 fatty acids and helps lower the risk of heart disease.

Brazil nuts – High in selenium, Brazil nuts properties include,  anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and will increase your bliss, hence Bliss Balls! This is due to the Selenium which has been scientifically proven to lift mood and prevent depression.

Coconut – rich in a number of essential nutrients, including dietary fibre, manganese, copper and selenium.

Pistachios – loaded with all kinds of nutrients, such as vitamin B6, thiamine, potassium, copper, magnesium and iron. Helps lower cholesterol.

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Christmas Pudding Bliss Balls

I am still having a lot of fun making up all sorts of Bliss Ball recipes. With Christmas only days away I couldn’t pass up the chance of experimenting with the flavours of Christmas. These Christmas Pudding Bliss Balls are the result, and my special panel of taste testers – mum, sister and nephews, all love them!

Ingredients

1/4 cup cointreau (or use orange juice)
1/2 cup of goji berries
3/4 cup rolled oats
1 cup of almond meal
1/2 cup of psyllium powder
3/4 cup of traditional fruit mince
1/4 cup of almonds, roughly chopped

Method

Put the goji berries into a small bowl and cover with the cointreau (or orange juice).

Add the oats to a food processor and give it a 10 sec blast, then add the almond meal and psyllium powder and give it another 10 sec blast.

Drain the goji berries and reserve the cointreau liquid. Place the goji berries into a large mixing bowl with the chopped almonds.

Add the fruit mince and the reserved liquid to the processor and blend until well mixed.

Add the fruit mince, almond meal and oat mix to the bowl with the goji and almonds. Mix well, using large spoons or your hands.

Using slightly damp hands roll the mixture into small balls and set aside.

Top the balls with melted white chocolate and decorate with slices of green and red lollies (sweets). For instructions on how to melt chocolate click here for stove stop instructions or here for microwave instructions.

Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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Trippin’ Bliss Balls

I made these decadent little morsels for a treat. Still packed full of goodness and superfoods, they make eating food in which you know all the ingredients much easier; and they are much better for you than a biscuit or piece of cake!… and I add extra fibre to my bliss balls in the form of psyllium and chia seed.

These bliss balls are delicious and they are an easy snack to grab from the fridge when you are under sail.

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Ingredients

1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup brazil nuts, chopped
1/2 cup goji berries
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup psyllium husk
340g pitted prunes
4 Tbs cointreau or juice or water

Fibre, chocolate, health, goji, chia seed, pyslium
Look at all the yummy goodness in these decadent bliss balls!

Method

Soak the goji berries in the Cointreau or juice/water and set aside for about 20 minutes.

In a food processor add oats and blend well. Then add the cocoa, almond meal, psyllium and chia seeds, and give a quick blend.

To the food processor, add the prunes and the liquid strained from the goji berries – reserve the berries. Blend until mixed well.

Put mix into a large bowl and add the chopped brazil nuts (I wanted them quite chunky so I used a knife to chop them) and the reserved goji berries. 

Now mix well using a large spoon and squishing and spreading until the berries and nuts are incorporated with the processed mix! 

Using slightly wet hands, roll the mix into small balls. Makes 25-30.

Store in refrigerator. Will keep in the refrigerator for two weeks.

About the Ingredients

Oats – High in fibre, helps reduce cholesterol and is high in antioxidants.

Psyllium Husk – fibre! and can help manage cholesterol levels.

Chia Seeds – massive amounts of nutrients with very few calories! Excellent source of fibre and antioxidants. High in protein and omega-3 fatty acids and helps lower the risk of heart disease.

Cocoa –  rich in minerals such as iron, magnesium and calcium. Has anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, anti-carcinogenic and antioxidant qualities. Can also aid in lowering blood pressure.

Almond Meal – high in protein, monounsaturated fatty acids, dietary fibre, antioxidants, vitamins like riboflavin. Lowers cholesterol and help prevent heart disease. Supports health brain function and maintains healthy skin.

Brazil nuts – High in selenium. The ‘super’ benefits of Brazil nuts also include,  anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and will increase your bliss, hence Bliss Balls! This is due to the Selenium which has been scientifically proven to lift mood and prevent depression.

Goji Berries – good source of protein, calcium, dietary fibre, vitamins A & C as well as iron, and high in antioxidants.

Prunes – excellent source of fibre, vitamins and minerals.

Cointreau – well it is just yummy!

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