This week we asked a popular health food blogger and a busy mum Erum Gulmann to give us some healthy recipe ideas that would be fun to get involved in with the kids during the festive period. We are all guilty of over indulging during Christmas and her recipes are a perfect way to get back on track with healthy eating, plus they are super fun and easy to do.
Erum Gulmann, food blogger at TotalSalads.com
As a ‘healthy eating’ blogger and mother, I spend a lot of time experimenting with recipes which I hope my child will love eating. We all want our kids to eat healthily, but over the holiday period it’s not always easy to get them to make the right choices with so many cookies, cakes and other sweet treats around.
While it’s okay to indulge once in a while, it’s useful to have a healthier festive treat for kids and adults. That’s why I’m very excited to share the recipe that I’ll be making this December with my little one!
This festive season, we’ll be making lots of Fudgy Date-Cocoa Balls. They are sugar-free, easy to make, require no baking, and look oh-so-pretty! If your child has a nut allergy or you want to send these in to school (which is usually a nut-free zone), this can easily be accommodated.
I wish you a very happy and healthy festive season and lots of fun making these Fudgy Date-Cocoa Balls with your children!
Fudgy Date-Cocoa Balls
(makes about 20-24 bite sized balls)
200g / 8oz dried dates (without pits)
150g / 5oz unsalted sunflower seeds or nuts (almonds or cashews)
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
(You will need a food processor for this recipe)
A variety of ingredients to roll the date balls in such as:
Ground pistachios (nuts)
Ground almonds (nuts)
Small cupcake cases (optional)
1. Weigh out 200g dried dates (without pits) and put them into a heat-proof bowl. If your dates have pits, it is very easy to remove them by slicing the date lengthwise along one side and pulling out the pit.
2. Boil some water in a kettle and pour it over the dates in the bowl. Let the dates soak for 10 minutes and then drain the water away. Your dates are now ready to use.
3. Weigh out 150g of unsalted sunflower seeds (if nut-free is required) or nuts (almonds or cashews). Put them in your food processor and process them until they are finely ground.
4. Add the dates, cocoa powder and vanilla extract to the food processor. Process for 1 minute until well blended.
5. Taste and add more cocoa powder or vanilla extract. The consistency of the date mix should be so that it sticks together but it is not sticking to your hands.
6. Chill the date mix in your refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours or upto 2 days.
7. Once chilled, take a small amount of the date mix and roll it in your palms into a bite-sized ball.
8. When you have made all the balls, roll them in the different decorative coatings and arrange on a plate. I recommend rolling them within 20 minutes for the best stickiness.
9. Serve immediately or refrigerate for upto 3 days.
10. If desired, place the Fudgy Date-Cocoa Balls in small cupcake cases just prior to serving.
This healthy recipe and many others can be found on my blog www.TotalSalads.com
We also asked Erum to pick her favourite pieces from our collection, and here are her suggestions.
‘When I’m not cooking, I love looking for great products for my little one. I absolutely love Raspberry Plum’s AW15 collection. Here are my favourite things this season:
Paula Tunic – I love the design of the buttons down one side and that it is made from soft cotton jersey which is such a comfortable material for children to wear and play in.
Sam Leggings Orange – Leggings are a little girl’s best friend. The Sam Leggings Orange contrast beautiful with the Paula Tunic.
Attila Top Strip – I love that it is so sporty with bright yellow colour blocks and that it is made from organic cotton jersey which is so comfortable to wear.
Tony Cardigan Teal – I love the colour blocks and the fact that it is versatile enough to look both casual and dressy depending on what you pair it with.’