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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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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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More delicious Bliss Ball recipes? Try these!

HIGH FIBRE BLISS BALLS

TRIPPIN’ BLISS BALLS

CHRISTMAS PUDDING BLISS BALLS

 

 


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Tom Kha Gai

Sawadee Ka!

Tom Kha Gai, aka Thai Chicken Coconut Soup, is one of my absolute favourites! Now that we are back in Phuket I thought it was about time I made it. I first discovered this soup when Dwayne and I visited Phuket in 2007. I gotta say, I was a little reserved about trying a coconut soup… it didn’t look that appetising, but it was delicious! So flavoursome in fact, that I sat there tasting it and deciphering the flavours so I would be able to make it myself when I got back home. I think my tastebuds did a good job of recognising the ingredients and my Tom Kha Gai is delicious….. if I do say so myself! However, I don’t have a recipe to share with you as I cook it by taste every time I make it, and I forgot to write it down as I cooked it this time for the blog… doh! But I do remember what goes in it and what I did so I will explain it the best I can.

Tom Kha Gai
Tom Kha Gai

This is what I did….

I heated 1 cup of chicken stock and added about 8 kaffir lime leaves bruised and ripped apart, two sticks of lemon grass – the hard part remove and the inner white part bashed with a mallet; a couple of crushed garlic cloves, a 2cm piece of galangal, thinly sliced, a 2cm piece of ginger, thinly sliced and some chopped chilli.

I simmered it for 1/2 hour, then I added some chopped chicken and simmered for 10 minutes before adding the coconut milk (approx 250ml) and a handful of enoki mushrooms*. I simmered the soup for another 5 minutes and then added fish sauce, to taste, and a handful of coriander.

To serve, I ladled the soup into two large deep bowls and garnished with some more chopped coriander.

It is so easy to make and delicious!

Tom Kha Gai
Tom Kha Gai

Notes:

When I make Tom Kha Gai for Dwayne and I, I do not remove the chunks of ginger, galangal etc when I serve it, as this is how I have had it served to me most of the time in Thailand. However, when I have prepared this soup for guests I have strained the soup before I add the coconut milk, chicken, mushrooms, fish sauce and coriander.

*Shitake, or oyster mushrooms are more often used in Tom Kha Gai but enoki mushrooms were what I had at the time.

Enjoy!

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Tom Kha Gai - Thai Chicken Coconut Soup