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Mummy Snacks – Chocolate and Oat Energy Balls

I’m a busy mum of 4 and spend a lot of time snacking. So over the next few months I’m going to be trying out some home made snacks, that will be either healthier or help with my energy levels. I will also be sharing these recipes and my thoughts.

chocolate and oat energy ballsThis week I made Chocolate and Oat Energy Balls. I doubled up the recipe (see below) and found that it made around 15 balls, but I suppose it depends on how big you make them. I kept some in the fridge and put the rest into the freezer for later in the week.  I found the balls tasted a lot like snickers just a bit crunchier, and thought they were rather nice. The texture was a little gritty because of the seeds but not unpleasant. I will be making these again soon









Makes: 10 energy balls

  • 80g oats
  • 130g smooth peanut butter
  • 80ml honey
  • 45g chopped dark chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons flax seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate-flavoured protein powder, or to taste

Prep:10min  ›  Extra time:30min chilling  ›  Ready in:40min 

  1. Stir oats, peanut butter, honey, chocolate, flax seeds, chia seeds and protein powder together in a bowl until evenly mixed. Cover bowl with clingfilm and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  2. Scoop up a small portion of the chilled mixture; roll in the palm of your hand to form bite size balls. Repeat with the remaining mixture.
  3. Store in the fridge for when you need an energy boost. These will keep for about 3 days in the fridge.
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Making Burgers

It’s August Bank Holiday Monday and it’s HOT! This never happens on a bank holiday in the UK but seeing as we seemed to have missed summer we’re making the most of it with a barbecue.

As you can imagine a bank holiday and hot weather means everyone else has had the same idea. So when we got to the shop for supplies there were no burgers, however there was mince so we decided to make our own instead. This is something we always said we would do, make our own burgers and meatballs from scratch, alas time is always against us.

Everyone washed their hands with soap and supervision and we got out the trusty old Jamie Oliver cookbook. Daddy got out all the Jamie ingredients and added some of his own:

  • mince
  • crackers
  • egg
  • parsley
  • paprika
  • onion salt
  • pepper

The boys enjoyed breaking up the crackers by putting them in a food bag and hitting them with a mallet. They then poured the cracker crumbs into a big bowl before adding all the other ingredients. Then came the messy part, with their hands the boys squashed all the mixture making sure it all stuck together.  Next Daddy made the mix into balls and let everyone take them and pat them down into a burger shape.

They are now resting in the fridge ready for cooking later on…