Tag Archives: low sugar snacks

Cocao Power Balls

You know those moments when you have a craving for chocolate? For me it is usually mid afternoon, that lull part of the day. Or just before teaching a class, when I need a pick-me-up and energy boost. So I created these beauties to help me, as I’m kind I thought I would share 😉 Now who wants one?

Dietitian UK: Cocao Power balls 2

Note: these are delicious and easy to make, but you do get messy hands!

Packed with nuts and dried fruit I find these great to grab 1 of as I’m on my way to teach a class. My children like them as part of their pudding calling them “chocolate balls”.

Miss K: “Mummy can I have more of those chocolate balls? I wasn’t sure about them on first bite but they are scrummy”

Shall I tell her they don’t actually have chocolate in them?

Dietitian UK: Cocao Power balls

Cocao Power Balls
Yields 8
A power packed healthy treat with that chocolatey hit.
Write a review
Print
Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
119 calories
17 g
0 g
5 g
3 g
1 g
31 g
1 g
8 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
31g
Yields
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 119
Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 1g
4%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 1mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 17g
6%
Dietary Fiber 2g
10%
Sugars 8g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
2%
Iron
5%
* 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. 100g dates
  2. 75g nuts
  3. 60g oats
  4. 2 tsp cocao powder
  5. 1 tbsp water
Instructions
  1. Blitz the nuts in a coffee grinder or chop them into small pieces with a sharp knife. I use the nuts and seeds grinder on my Kenwood Chef. I used a mixed of walnuts, hazelnuts and cashews.
  2. Remove the nuts and place in a bowl.
  3. Now blitz up or finely chop the dates, add a splash of water if needed to help as they are sticky!
  4. Add to the nuts and mix in the cocao and a little water if needed to help it all bind. You can pop it in a stand mixer at this point and save your arms.
  5. Roll into small balls and you are done!
beta
calories
119
fat
5g
protein
3g
carbs
17g
more
Dietitian UK http://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/

Banana Oaty Bars

 Mini-Disaster in our house usually means…. there is no flapjack left, we are out of milk, Miss K cannot find a very important item (insert “really not important in the grand scheme of life but a calamity to her”), or a section of the train track has come apart. I quite love the fact that these really are regular disasters in the eyes of my small ones. How simple life can be!

Today’s disaster led to a distraught 2 year old.

 1. The flapjack tin was empty

2. There were not enough oats to make more.

Super Mummy to the rescue. I rarely make the same recipe twice anyway 😉

So I adapted my semi-famous banana and sultana flapjack recipe by adding flour. It comes out less of a flapjack and more of an oat bar. Dense, oaty and firm – no crumbly texture here. A really good option to have with a cuppa, for lunch boxes or to feed a snacking child. They are sweet but not too sweet, if you know what I mean. The oats provide that wholegrain goodness, the banana and sultanas pack in the fruit and there is just a hint of honey and butter to bind it all.

It’s falls into that territory of “Is it a flapjack? Is is a cake? It is a bar?”

You know what? I can’t decide but all that really matters is it is healthy and yummy!

Dietitian UK: Banana Oaty Bars

Banana Oat Bars (wheat free, gluten free)
Yields 12
Quick, easy oat bar recipe that is healthy and great for hungry children.
Write a review
Print
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
118 calories
19 g
9 g
4 g
2 g
2 g
43 g
1 g
5 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
43g
Yields
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 118
Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
6%
Saturated Fat 2g
11%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 9mg
3%
Sodium 1mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 19g
6%
Dietary Fiber 1g
6%
Sugars 5g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
1%
Iron
3%
* 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. 100g oats (gluten free if needed)
  2. 100g plain flour (I used a gluten free blend)
  3. 100g sultanas
  4. 1 mashed banana
  5. 2 tbsp honey
  6. 50g butter
Instructions
  1. Mix the dry ingredients together, by hand or in a food processor/stand mixer.
  2. Melt the honey and butter together in a bowl and then add along with the banana.
  3. Mix well, I left this for a few minutes in my stand mixer.
  4. Press into a lined, greased baking tray, cover the top with foil for half of the cooking time to stop the sultanas getting burnt.
  5. Bake at Gas Mark 5 for 20-30 minutes.
beta
calories
118
fat
4g
protein
2g
carbs
19g
more
Dietitian UK http://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/

Snacking, children and biscuit love.

There are days when I feel like I am running a cafe. My children take it in turns to come to me saying “I’m hungry” or “Can I have a snack” or “Marmite/Biscuit/Cereal Bar”. Occasionally I even get a please 😉

I do wonder how on earth they can eat so much and still want more, but then they will go through days when they hardly eat, so it all seems to balance out. I prefer them to self-regulate their appetite rather than having me guess when they should be full.

Having a 5 year old makes life a little easier as I can reason with her more and talk through choices. She asks for cake and we can decide if that is the best option just before lunch or could she have a breadstick and save her cake for later on. We can talk about having a range of foods in the diet and what foods are better choice to keep our bodies working properly. She also reacts to having too much sugar and recognises this!

The 2 year old is a different kettle of fish altogether. He has just been through a stage where he has discovered biscuits (mainly from playgroup time with Daddy – ahem) and he is in love. Now I can’t blame him. Who doesn’t love a biscuit. However, they aren’t things I plan for my small ones to eat everyday. THis boy definitely has a sweet tooth. So I’ve had to go on a biscuit cull in our house. When he asks for a biscuit I’ve been explaining we don’t have any, showing him the empty tin and redirecting him to a banana or a piece of toast. There have been some tears and some stroppy moments but after 2 weeks we have made it through the biscuit terror. He is now not asking for them at every available eating moment, at least not at home. 

Dietitian UK: Healthy Snack Ideas collage

So here (in no particular order) are our current list of snacks:

  • Fruit and yoghurt. Job done. 
  • Popcorn – I airpop a pile and keep it in an airtight box for a few days. Plus it is wholegrain!
  • Maltloaf – my 5 year old calls this chocolate cake! She knows it isn’t but…. hey makes it more fun.
  • Wholemeal toast with marmite or cream cheese – a common 2nd breakfast. Yes they are hobbits.
  • Large rice cake with peanut butter and slices of banana (seriously good combo).
  • Homemade healthy flapjacks, we almost always have these in stock, I make a batch weekly.
  • Nut and seed balls. I make these for me but they always get shared around.
  • Nuts (pecans for the 2 year old, almond for the 5 year old) and dried apricots. Always fills them up.
  • Cheesy biscuits with grapes. An easy snack for on the go.
  • Hummus with….almost anything. My kids love a dip – but go through phases of what they like to dip in, so we vary from breadsticks, veggies (carrots, peppers, cucumber, broccoli, green beans), small rice cakes, crackers, toast strips.
  • Wholegrain cereal with raisins in a pot, no milk. Dry cereal can make a great snack on long car journeys as it takes a while to eat!
  • Courgette cheesy biscuits. For when we have had a baking session.
  • Homemade cereal bars. I like to pack fruit or veg in these.

I hope that gives your some ideas. Please share any ideas you have as I’m always on the look out for new things!

Banana, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Flapjack (WF, GF, DF).

It’s been a rainy summers week, so I felt the need to pimp up my own flapjack recipe to cheer us up. It’s a healthier take on a full fat, full syrup flapjack, perfect for a cuppa on a rainy day. What is even better is that I used peanut butter in it so my hubby won’t touch it 😉 I love using peanut butter in baking as it is lower in saturated fats, higher in the heart healthier monounsaturates and it also adds protein to help with satiety. The oats provide low glycaemic index carbs which can help stabilise blood sugars so also helping to keep you fuller for longer. It should provide for a healthy snack that will tide you over until your next meal.

Recipe creation for me provides an outlet for creativity and is almost a form of therapy as I switch off from “work” and get inspired by what is around me. It’s actually something I sometimes recommend to eating disorder clients, but they don’t have to eat it unless they want to. Often they love looking at recipes, love creating things and so being given the green light to go ahead and make things but not have to eat them can be quite releasing. 

So here is my latest flapjack. It’s a keeper. It is also wheat free, gluten free (if you use gluten free oats) and can be made dairy free if you use the right chocolate. GENIUS.

Dietitian UK: Peanut butter and choc flapjack

Banana, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Flapjack
Yields 12
Write a review
Print
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
167 calories
21 g
2 g
7 g
6 g
2 g
51 g
46 g
7 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
51g
Yields
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 167
Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
11%
Saturated Fat 2g
10%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 2mg
1%
Sodium 46mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 21g
7%
Dietary Fiber 3g
13%
Sugars 7g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
3%
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. 200g oats (gluten free if needed)
  2. 100g peanut butter (I used a low sugar, low salt version)
  3. 80g chocolate chips or chopped up chocolate (Dairy free e.g. Booja Booja if needed)
  4. 2 mashed, over-ripe bananas
Instructions
  1. Mix it all together by hand or food mixer.
  2. Grease and line a baking tray.
  3. Spread it into the baking tray, so it is about 2cm thick.
  4. Bake at Gas Mark 5 for 25-30 minutes.
beta
calories
167
fat
7g
protein
6g
carbs
21g
more
Dietitian UK http://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/