10 Dec 2017

Our top 3 healthy treats for kids

In the SIMPLE + HEALTHY kitchen our kids are on a mission to test and approve healthy treats from “natural cooks” who offer recipes filled with nutrients.

Healthy treats are made of unrefined sugars, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, fibers, and proteins.  They contain whole foods with nutrients that release energy over a longer period of time. Unlike the processed store bought treats that are most often overly processed and packed with sugar, unhealthy fats and additives. They give you a short lift, followed by a drop that makes you tired. Don’t eat empty!  We will save you time, energy and the disappointment of seeing your children refuse a treat you’ve spent hours making because they think it looks strange or tastes “weird”.


Chocolate Hazelnut Tart

CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT TARTS

DELICIOUSLY ELLA

Although the preparation time was a bit long for the kids, Deliciously Ella’s tarts scored really well in terms of taste. Avocado as an ingredient to create a creamy texture turned them off at first because it was definitely out of their comfort zone. Then eventually they warmed up to it and actually finished all the tarts.


Ingredients

Makes one large tart or 12 small ones

For the filling:

  • 2 cups of hazelnuts or pecans
  • 1 cup of dates
  • 1 avocado
  • 2-3 tablespoons of raw cacao
  • 1/2 a cup of pure maple syrup

For the tart:

  • 2 cups of ground almond flour
  • 1 cup of pecans
  • 1 cup of dates
  • 1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup

To make the filling place the nuts in a food processor and allow them to blend into a nut butter, this should take about 5-10 minutes depending on the strength of your processor. Then add the remaining ingredients and blend again until a smooth, creamy chocolate paste forms.

Place the filling to one side and begin the pastry. Place the almonds and pecans into the food processor and blend until a sticky flour forms, it’s just more than a flour but not as sticky as a nut butter, this should take a couple of minutes. Then add the remaining ingredients for another minute.

Grease one single baking tin or ten littles ones with coconut oil and fill it with the pastry mixture, using a spatula to compress the mixture so that it’s nice and thin. Then bake in a 190C oven for about 10-12 minutes, until it becomes golden brown. Remove it and allow it to cool, it will become harder during this time.


Salted Caramel Fondant

SALTED CARAMEL FONDANT

LIVIA’S KITCHEN

A pure moment of indulgence. The children loved those “chocolate fondants” with a gooey middle. They scored really high overall and the preparation time was okay for the kids. They loved them and wished the recipe had provided more than 6 fondants.


Ingredients

Makes 6

For the filling:

  • 2 cups of hazelnuts or pecans
  • 1 cup of dates
  • 1 avocado
  • 2-3 tablespoons of raw cacao
  • 1/2 a cup of pure maple syrup

For the tart:

  • 2 cups of ground almond flour
  • 1 cup of pecans
  • 1 cup of dates
  • 1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup
PREP TIME: 20 Mins + 20 mins setting time
COOK TIME: 25 mins
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 20 mins

To make the filling place the nuts in a food processor and allow them to blend into a nut butter, this should take about 5-10 minutes depending on the strength of your processor. Then add the remaining ingredients and blend again until a smooth, creamy chocolate paste forms.

Place the filling to one side and begin the pastry. Place the almonds and pecans into the food processor and blend until a sticky flour forms, it’s just more than a flour but not as sticky as a nut butter, this should take a couple of minutes. Then add the remaining ingredients for another minute.

Grease one single baking tin or ten littles ones with coconut oil and fill it with the pastry mixture, using a spatula to compress the mixture so that it’s nice and thin. Then bake in a 190C oven for about 10-12 minutes, until it becomes golden brown. Remove it and allow it to cool, it will become harder during this time.

 


POST-WORKOUT BALLS

MADELEINE SHAW

These energy balls disappeared very quickly. My youngest chid enjoyed them as an afternoon snacks while my eldest ate them as “breakfast on the go”. These energy balls are not the most indulgent looking treats yet a great easy, complete snack that you can use at anytime of the day to get some energy back with a touch of sweetness.

Post-Workout Energy Balls

Ingredients

Makes 8-10 balls
  • 50g peanut butter
  • 100g desiccated coconut
  • 100g dates, stoned and roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp raw protein powder
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp vanilla powder or extract
Put everything into food processor, and blend for 3-4 minutes until thoroughly mixed. Roll the mixture into balls and pop them in the freezer for 20 minutes, then transfer to the fridge.

These will keep in the fridge for 2 weeks