No-Bake Nut Butter Bliss Balls

Happy Sunday peeps!

Today I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen trying to find the yummiest way to pack in some energy for training. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been looking into making ‘bliss balls.’ They are a bit of a vegan fad at the moment but they do seem to make sense as an easy way to get your protein fix without feeling stodgy afterwards.

After  a few failed attempts in the flavour department, I have found a gorgeous combination of high protein ingredients that taste great too – Good enough to share in fact!

What you’ll need (makes 12 small balls/8 medium)…

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– 15 minutes of your precious time
– 100g of porridge oats
– 2 tbsp of chia seeds
– 1 tbsp of agave nectar
– 40 grams of dark chocolate
– 3 tbsp of nut butter
– 25 grams of ground almonds

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Step one
Chop your dark chocolate into tiny pieces (if you don’t already have chocolate chips).

Step two
Put all of your ingredients, minus the ground almonds, in a bowl and mix together using a wooden spoon, or if you like to get messy, your hands.

Step three
Take a ping pong ball sized dollop of the mixture and manipulate it into shape with your fingers.

Step four
Cover the balls with a dusting of ground almonds

Step five
Leave in the fridge to set for at least 10 minutes and there you have it  – it’s that easy!

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Nutritional Spotlight

*If you’re like me and like to know what’s in your food, you’ll be happy to know that these are healthy balls!

*Rewired encourages you to eat these as a part of a balanced diet and a regular exercise regimen.

*I can definitely tell you that the ingredients in these snacks have many benefits and I will list just a few:

Chia seeds are one of the greatest sources of energy around. Per 100g, they contain a whopping 486Kcals, 34.4g of fibre, 16.5g of protein and 30g of fat.

Nut butters are a wonderful way to introduce good fats and proteins into your diet. If you include nuts like almonds, cashews and hazelnuts, you will be helping your heart, your body’s iron absorption, cell development and boosting your metabolism.

Dark chocolate contains antioxidants and may also lower blood pressure as well as the risk of CVD (cardiovascular disease).

Happy creating!

Rewired 💕🌿

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Chinese Five Spice Noodles

Hey peeps!

So I have something for you. It’s cosy and easy to make and it’s so nutritious you won’t even believe it because it’s so yummy. Here is my recipe for ‘Chinese five spice noodles with baked tofu and wilted green veg

What you’ll need (serves 2)…

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– about 30 minutes of your precious time (I give myself longer as a lot of balancing and hobbling around is involved)
– 1/4 white onion diced
– 1 courgette diced
– 5 button mushrooms sliced
– 1 clove of garlic sliced (tiny pieces please)
– 1 pak choi
– 1 handful of kale
– 1 tsp coconut oil
– 1 tsp veg oil
– 1/3 of a vegetable stock cube dissolved in a pint of boiling water
– a couple splashes of light soy sauce
– 1/2 tsp ground ginger
– 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
– 1 tsp chinese five spice
– 1 tsp sesame seeds
– a sprinkle of salt
– a squeeze of a lime

– 3 knots of wholemeal noodles
– 1/2 pack of tofu (to prepare this, dry it out by covering it in kitchen roll and squeezing out any moisture by putting a relatively heavy book on top of it. Leave for a few minutes, pat dry and you’re ready to go!)

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Step one
Preheat the oven to 200 Degrees Celsius (fan oven – maybe 210 if you have a conventional oven).
Prepare the tofu by cutting it into small 2cm thick slices.
Rub the vegetable oil over them and season with a sprinkle of salt, soy sauce and a little pinch of cinnamon if you so wish (you can do this a few hours before cooking if you really want the tofu to soak everything up).
Place in the oven for 20 minutes to dry out and cook through nicely.

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Step two
Whilst the tofu is cooking, add the coconut oil to a sauce pan (or wok if you own one) on a high heat.
Fry off the onion for a couple of minutes before adding the mushrooms and courgette.
Take in the smell – it smells so good right now!
After about 4 more minutes, the mushrooms should be soft and the courgettes well on their way.
This is a good time to add the left over cinnamon, ginger and chinese five spice into the mix.
Then add the sliced garlic to the pan and stir it all together for about 20 seconds (we don’t want the garlic to burn).

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Step three
Pour the vegetable stock into the pan and turn down the heat to simmer for about 5 minutes. Add a few splashes of soy sauce to enhance the flavours and squeeze some lime juice in there too for zestiness (I know this isn’t a real word but it works).
When the 5 minutes is up, add the kale and pak choi.
Leave the ingredients simmering for another 5 minutes.

Step four
Boil the noodles for 4 minutes until soft.

Step five
Drain the noodles and split into two bowls.
Turn off the heat on the hob and the oven.
Pour the vegetables and sauce over the noodles.
Chop the tofu into cubes and pop them on top.
Finally, sprinkle the sesame seeds over everything and there you have it!

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NUTRITIONAL SPOTLIGHT
* If you’re like me and like to know what’s in your food, you’ll be happy to know that this meal is a healthy one.
* Rewired isn’t going to count the calories for you as there aren’t enough in this dish to worry about.
* I can definitely tell you that the ingredients in this supper have many benefits and I will list just a few:
Kale is great for a healthy immune system. It boosts the health of your eyes, bones and cells. It is also rich in antioxidants.
Pak choi helps to balance electrolytes, promotes healthy blood, bones, eyes and also collagen production.
Mushrooms are known to help with metabolism and energy usage.
Garlic is the perfect detoxifier and also has antibiotic qualities.
Tofu helps with cell protection.
Cinnamon (my favourite spice) is thermogenic, it is a blood sugar stabiliser, helps to neutralise fee radicals and even boosts brain function.
Sesame seeds encourage cell development, bone health and iron absorption.

Happy creating!

Rewired 💕🌿

 

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