Clean Eating – Freeze Dried Fruit Snacks

Clean eating is all about eating whole, real foods which are as close to their natural form as possible. Freeze drying offers just that…

Clean eating is all about eating whole, real foods which are as close to their natural form as possible. Freeze drying offers just that… Yes, it would be ideal to have fresh, ripe fruits straight from the tree or bush instead of freeze dried ones but unfortunately for most of us this isn’t an option.

First of all most fruits are seasonal.

Secondly, fruits out of season imported to us from far far away and then kept in storage for months until required aren’t really all that tasty to begin with.

Third… well even if we had an ever growing tree of our favourite fruits in our back garden, eventually you would simply get bored of them.

Freeze dried fruits aren’t new to me. If you follow me on Instagram you might remember my photos of homemade seeds and nut snack bars which I’d made with freeze dried strawberries on top… but freeze dried fruits in snack packs are actually totally new to me.

Lately I’ve been making quite a few homemade snacks so I had lost touch with what’s new on the shelves in our supermarkets… as it ended up they are now richer (the shelves… not the supermarkets) and contain a great selection of freeze dried fruit snacks.

Freeze drying is a healthy alternative to dry fruits… the freezing process preserves the fruits nutrition and flavours without any additional ingredients like oils, sugars or preservatives so all you have in the pack is 100% natural fruit!

Freeze dried fruits are similar to air dried fruits with one difference… they have a super crunchy texture and you can easily powder them by simply crushing the fruits with your fingers.

Freeze dried fruit can be used in many different ways, usually used as an addition to breakfast cereal, desserts and baked goods but they can also eaten straight from the pack as a snack… and if you fancy an even more “natural” look you can also simply re-hydrate them by adding some water.

The freeze dried fruit snacks from The Snack Organisation are available at Tesco and retail £1 per 18g bag, which is just big enough for a nice fruity snack 🙂

Have you came across freeze dried fruit snacks before?

Which is your favourite and how do you usually eat them?

Nut, Seeds & Fruit Bliss Balls

Mixed nuts, seeds and dry fruit bliss balls – a perfect healthy snack boosting your energy levels and providing good nutrition. This is a totally fool proof recipe that is quick and easy to make.

Sugar Free mixed nuts, seeds and dry fruit bliss balls – a perfect healthy snack boosting your energy levels and providing good nutrition. This is a totally fool proof recipe that is quick and easy to make.Lately I have become obsessed with bliss balls. My continued journey to a “new me” has reached the stage that I really want to eat healthy and what could be better than some homemade healthy snacks. I have found that energy bars, especially the baked type, can be a little tricky at times, so my experiments turned to bliss balls, which as it turns out couldn’t be easier to make.

Ingredients:

  • 100g dates
  • 300g mixed nuts and seeds
  • 120g dry fruits
  • 2tbsp raw honey
  • 2tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3tsp chia seeds
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • Shredded coconut for rolling (optional)

Mixed nuts, seeds and dry fruit bliss balls – a perfect healthy snack boosting your energy levels and providing good nutrition. This is a totally fool proof recipe that is quick and easy to make.Method:

De-stone your dates and put them into soak for at least 30 minutes.

Once their time is up, roughly chop your dates and set them aside.

Place your mix nuts and seeds in a food processor and pulse mix until you achieve desired size of crumb. I tend to keep them pretty small but do not get carried away and allow them to turn into a powder.

Add the dry fruits (I used apricots, raisins and cranberries), honey, chia seeds, cocoa and vanilla essence and chopped dates and blitz until you have more or less an even mixture.

If you followed my measurements closely you should have just about the right texture that is perfect for forming.

Scoop a small amount into your palm and form a small mouth sized ball… repeat until all the mixture is gone. It’s messy but fun, and if you don’t have anyone nearby to help turn on the taps so you can wash your hands afterwards you may want to turn it on before you start.

If you opt for a coating, once all the balls are nicely formed, roll them – one by one – in shredded coconut.

Keep refrigerated and enjoy any time of the day… or night, I suppose.

This recipe suits me perfectly. I love mixed flavour of different nuts, seeds and dry fruits but Mark isn’t so keen on them. He thinks that there is way too much going on and the individual flavours are getting lost… Well, what can I say? Men!

Mixed nuts, seeds and dry fruit bliss balls – a perfect healthy snack boosting your energy levels and providing good nutrition. This is a totally fool proof recipe that is quick and easy to make.Have you ever made bliss balls at home?

If so what is your favourite flavour combination?

What’s Cooking – Plum Nutella

What’s Cooking – Plum Nutella Jam

Do you remember a few weeks ago I shared with you a Quick and Easy Cinnamon Biscuits recipe that we made together with Iwona from Smakowite Jadlo? This wasn’t the only thing we baked / cooked together during her visit. We made a lemon curd cheesecake, beetroot soup, breakfast onion & cheese rolls and… my favourite – plum nutella, which I would like to share with you today.

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg plums
  • 120g sugar
  • 1 tbsp cocoa

Method:

First things first – wash your plums well and pat dry with kitchen cloth.

Then remove all stones and cut your plums into halves.

Plum Nutella in the making

Place them in a large frying pan, add sugar and fry gently for about one hour stirring every 5 minutes or so, to avoid any burning or sticking.

Then when most of the juices have reduced and your plum mixture begins to thicken a little, add the cocoa and cook for an additional 15 minutes.

Place in a glass airtight container and allow it to cool.

If you have made a bigger batch you can place your plum nutella in several glass jars and pasteurize them so it lasts for longer. In order to do so:

  1. Wash your glass jars in boiling water ensuring they are totally clean and sterilised.
  2. Fill your jars with hot plum nutella.
  3. Close the jars up, making sure that all the lids are as tight as possible.
  4. Place your jars on a baking tray and cook in the oven preheated to 180C for around 10 minutes
  5. Or place in a large cooking pot (with a teacloth at the bottom so your glass jar doesn’t touch the pot bottom directly) fill with water, almost up to the rim and allow to boil for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven or cooking pot and allow it to cool.

This way you can enjoy your plum nutella for longer, or any jam type creation for that matter.

This plum nutella is perfect with pancakes or as addition to cakes, cupcakes or muffins or simple treat it as a jam and enjoy it with a slice of nice bread.

What’s Cooking -- Plum Nutella
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