Fig, Stem ginger and Dark chocolate energy bites

Fig, Stem ginger and Dark chocolate energy bites

These fig, stem ginger and dark chocolate energy bites or ‘bliss balls’ are a delicious and instant pick me up. Figs are sweet. The flesh is smooth and chewy and the seeds are crunchy.

fig, stem ginger and dark chocolate energy bites
 

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Chocolate Dates

Chocolate Dates

These chocolate dates are a favourite with everyone and so simple to put together. They are also great to make with the kids.

chocolate dates

Ingredients:

Dates:

Dates pitted and sliced open but not all the way through, Dark chocolate, Milk chocolate White chocolate.

Flavours/Toppings/Directions:

I haven’t included quantities here because it depends on the number of dates you are using. As a rough guide, we made 120 with 300g dark chocolate and 200g milk chocolate. I combined both chocolates in one bowl. For the white chocolate dates, i use 50g because i only covered 20 of the dates. To make the dates, you will need to line a tray with baking paper and after dipping the dates in chocolate, add them to the tray. Once they are covered, pop them into the fridge to set. 

Nutella and Hazelnut – Hazelnut with 1/4 tsp nutella in the middle of the date. Close the date. Dip into the dark/milk chocolate mixture and top with a hazelnut.

Stem Ginger – Small piece of stem ginger in the middle of the date. Close the date. Dip into the dark/milk choc and top with a piece of stem ginger.

Salted chai caramel and walnut (for 25 dates) –  Bring the kettle to a boil and add a tea bag to a cup with a pinch of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger. Add just enough water to cover it and set aside. Combine 30g butter, 25g light brown sugar in a pan and allow to melt. Remove from the heat and stir in 30ml cream. Strain the tea and add to the pan. Add a pinch of sea salt flakes. Set aside. Once cooled and thicker, add walnut to the middle of the date and close. Dip in milk/dark chocolate mixture and top with a walnut. using a tablespoon, spoon over the caramel mixture.

White chocolate, pistachio and dried rose petals – Add a pistachio and a milky bar button into the middle the date, Close the date and dip in white chocolate, top with crushed pistachios and dried rose petals.

Sesame seeds and Tahini – Put a 1/4 tsp tahini into the middle of the date. Close the date and dip in dark/milk chocolate, Top with sesame seeds.

Coconut and marshmallow –  Place a mini marshmallow in the date. Close the date and dip in either the milk and dark chocolate mix or the white chocolate. Top with desiccated coconut.

Peanut butter – Place a salted peanut in the date. Close the date and dip in dark/milk chocolate mixture. Place a peanut on top.

Almond – Place an almond in the middle of the date. Close the date and dip in milk/dark chocolate. Add ground almonds to the top.

Date Cereal Bars

Date Cereal Bars

How handy are cereal bars? There’s nothing better then a grab and go snack at breakfast time.  Here’s how i make my date cereal bars. The dark chocolate is optional and the bars are delicious without it too.

date cereal bars

Date Cereal Bars
Author: Tiffinandteaofficial
Serves: 10 – 12 bars
Ingredients
  • 230g oats
  • 130g mixed chopped nuts and seeds
  • 75g dates pitted and chopped/blended into 1/2 cm pieces
  • 170g peanut butter
  • 110ml honey or agave nectar
  • 100g 70% or higher dark chocolate melted (optional)
  • Sprinkle sea salt (optional).
Instructions
  1. Line a small baking tin with cling film or baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients for the bars apart from the dark chocolate and sea salt. Stir until well combined. If the mixture is dry, squeeze in a little more agave or honey.
  3. Spread the mixture in the prepared tin and press down firmly with a spatula/small glass cup, back of spoon – whatever you fancy.
  4. Pop in the fridge overnight. If using dark chocolate.
  5. Top bars with dark chocolate and a sprinkle of sea salt.
  6. Cut into bars and wrap individually.
  7. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

Based on 12 bars

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Date Bliss Balls

Date Bliss Balls 

These date bliss balls are great little truffle style bites that keep well in the fridge for up to 2 weeks and are an instant pick me up.

date bliss balls

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Cheese string bites

Cheese string bites

Kids love cheese string bites and my kids loved helping me to make them too. This really is an ideal recipe for getting the kids involved because it is so easy to make and the kids will devour them once they are done. It is a perfect half term activity. Aah half term…The school holiday’s when some days despite your best intentions, you can’t get out of the house. An easy activity like this one breaks up the day and stops them fighting! (Well it stops my two anyway).

Cheese string bites

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Rice Krispie Cereal Bars

Rice Krispie Cereal Bars

What a way to start the day ay? Rice Krispie Cereal bars are great for eating on those mornings when you are in a rush to get out of the door. I love rice krispies and I love how people use them in cake decoration too!

rice-krispies-cereal-bars

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