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Apple and Pecan Energy Balls (no bake)

My kids seem to need a 3 course meal to eat after school/pre-school,  so my snack tin needs to be topped up with nutritious and filling foods. These apple energy balls are something I saw another dietitian friend making on Instagram and we adapted it slightly, using different nuts to suit our tastes.

My 4 year old boy literally loved making and eating these. He raved about them and each day after preschool has been asking for them. It has been lovely to see him proudly showing them off to his older sister:

“I made these and they are yummy”.

I’ve not managed to do a vlog for ages… 3 children and work has meant a kitchen that is rarely tidy enough for filming in and few of those moments where we have the right moment with all children quiet and happy to join in. However I’m hoping to get back into it now.  I’d love to know your idea and thoughts for future videos.

Apple and Pecan Energy Balls
Serves 12
Super simple, tasty, nutritious and filling energy balls.
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
153 calories
20 g
0 g
7 g
4 g
1 g
56 g
17 g
6 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
56g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 153
Calories from Fat 59
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
11%
Saturated Fat 1g
4%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 17mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 20g
7%
Dietary Fiber 3g
14%
Sugars 6g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
2%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 300g apple
  2. 200g oats
  3. 70g pecans
  4. 60g raisins
  5. 40g peanut butter
Instructions
  1. Put the apple in the food processor first and use a grater attachement or you could grate by harns. Add a dash of hot water to make a rough purée.
  2. Now add the oats, pecans, raisins and nut butter and combine.
  3. Roll into balls using your hands.
  4. Pop in the fridge to chill.
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calories
153
fat
7g
protein
4g
carbs
20g
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Adapted from Catherine Lippe, Lippe Nutrition
Dietitian UK http://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/

Homemade Fish Fingers made by a toddler

My 3 year old has been watching, helping and cooking with me since she was a baby. Whether in a sling, a bumbo, highchair or stood on a stool she has always loved it. Mainly because she gets to eat it, and this girl is a true foodie. Given the choice of what to have for lunch she goes for things like Sushi, prawns and olives. She shuns childrens options like sausage and chips in favour of peppers stuffed with goats cheese. She also just loves to help chop, stir and get involved with mummy. So when the video camera wasn’t charged and I couldn’t work out how to get the tablet to balance somewhere and film us both I decided to just let her do the vlog. I must admit a certain level of motherly pride at this girl 😉

Miss K also loves fish fingers. Why? Because she loves fish but also because of a book we have where Charlie and Lola refer to them as “ocean niblets” from the supermarket under the sea. This book captured our imagaination around food. I don’t buy fish fingers, firstly I can’t eat them unless they are wheat free and secondly these take just minutes to make and the same time to cook so there is no need!

 

 

 

Salmon Fish Fingers, wheat free, gluten free
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
424 calories
28 g
144 g
13 g
45 g
2 g
205 g
408 g
2 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
205g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 424
Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g
20%
Saturated Fat 2g
11%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 144mg
48%
Sodium 408mg
17%
Total Carbohydrates 28g
9%
Dietary Fiber 1g
6%
Sugars 2g
Protein 45g
Vitamin A
8%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
7%
Iron
12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 salmon fillets
  2. 1 beaten egg
  3. 50g rice flour
  4. 100g gluten free breadcrumbs
Instructions
  1. Slice the salmon into fishfinger size pieces.
  2. Roll the fingers into the flour, then dip into the egg and allow the excess to drip off.
  3. Fulyl coat in the breadcrumbs and place on a oiled and lined baking tray.
  4. Bake at Gas Mark 5 for 15 minutes.
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calories
424
fat
13g
protein
45g
carbs
28g
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Dietitian UK http://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/

Cheesy Courgette Biscuits Vlog – great toddler snack.

Recently the husband and the toddler have been have a bit of a “snack-off”. She asks for “pink biscuits”, “sweeties” and snacks that generally she knows are not for everyday eating and Daddy finds it hard to negotiate. She is a highly skilled negotiator (may get that skill from me), watch out for her later in life!

So my mummy mind leapt into action and to save the day, we made up a pile of more suitable snacks. Here is our vlog of making cheesy courgette biscuits, we made 3 batches of these and froze them in freezer bags ready to get out when needed. Written recipe here.

 

I’d love to hear your favourite snack ideas. Here are some more of mine.

 

Making Fresh Gluten/Wheat Free Pasta

Back in the days when I could eat wheat I loved fresh pasta. It was a quick, easy meal that delighted my taste buds. I even got given a pasta machine by my mother-in-law one Christmas so I could make my own. Typically shortly after that I found out I couldn’t eat wheat. Boo.

I’ll admit, I didn’t venture into making my own wheat free pasta until a year ago, I so wish I had played around with this earlier as it really is easy. Literally flour in a bowl, add eggs, a drizzle of oil, mix. Roll, cut and cook. So simple a toddler could do it…..

 

Why not try my Buckwheat Ravioli Recipe Pasta Recipe, my Courgette Lasagne or make the meat Lasagne.