3 Ingredient Energy Balls

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I absolutely love these energy balls. They are packed full of nutrients and have a long shelf life. We use it as a “pick me up” bar when we are peckish or craving something sweet. We pack them in lunch boxes and for picnics.

I, found it particularly handy as a breastfeeding mother who is constantly hungry and mostly craving high fat and sugar content. These not only help me stay fuller for longer but also satisfy all my cravings, guilt free.

You can mix any combination of nuts and seeds. I choose almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts and cashews. But walnuts are good too. You can use just one type of nuts or a combination. If you have nut allergy, replace it with seeds like punpkin, sunflower, chia, sesame etc.

Ingredients:

2 cups of mixed nuts

A handful of golden raisins

2 cups of pitted dates (I used mejdool but if using dates that seem a bit dry, simply soak them in hot water for an hour)

2 – 3 tbsp of cocoa powder

Method:

Dry roast the nuts in a pan. Make sure they don’t catch.

In a food processor, blend the nuts until coarse. Leave it chunkier if you prefer,  we prefer it crumbly. Then add the dates and cocoa powder. Blend until it is all incorporated and starts to form a ball when you roll it in your hands.

Roll them and save it in a biscuit tin. Eat whenever as a snack or dessert or serve as party food.

Please let me know how you like it by leaving a comment. Follow me on instagram @beachwalkmuse

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Orange and Rosemary Upside Down Cake – Dairy & Egg Free

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I love rosemary and to me, oranges and rosemary are one of the smells of christmas. So I decided to try this unique flavour in a cake.

I have to be honest, my kids were not a fan. But it is approved my friends. I, personally think it is delicious. But if rosemary is taking it too far for you, simply replace it with vanilla and you are good to go.

Ingredients:

2 – 3 Oranges, peeled and sliced

1 sprig of fresh rosemary or 1 tsp of dried rosemary

1 3/4 cup of plain flour

1/8 tsp of salt

1 cup of sugar

2 tsp of Baking Powder

1 tsp of Bicarb

1/3 cup of coconut oil

1 cup of plant milk

2 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar

Method:

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees.

Mix the vinegar with milk and set aside. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Pour in the liquid ingredients and mix well. Do not over mix, vegan cakes do not rise well if over mixed. So mix until all ingredients are incorporated and let it sit aside.

Now grease the cake tin. Sprinkle sugar generously but evenly. This is caramelise the tops of the sliced oranges and also make it look rustic and more yummy. Now arrange the slices oranges in a way that it covers the edges nicely so no batter escapes.

Now pour in the cake batter and pop it in the oven. Check after 30 – 40 minutes. If the skewer comes out clean, it is done. If not, cook a bit longer. If you see the cake is browning too much, put a foil on top. This way the cake will keep on cooking without browning too much.

Once ready, let it cool for 10 minutes or so and then pop it out on a plate. Garnish some fresh rosemary on top and serve. Enjoy!

Waldorf Window Star

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I love these window stars inspired by Waldorf Schools. These are traditionally made with kite paper and when stuck on the window, colourful lights reflect through it into your room. It not only makes the room festive but also bring a sense of warmth and cosiness in the room.

I have a step to step guide for you incase you wanted to make these. Here I am showing a demo with origami squares but kite papers gives the best result.

You will need:

8 Kite paper/origami squares

Pva glue or double sided tape

Step 1

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Fold the square into half. Open and repeat by folding the other two ends.

Step 2

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Fold all four corners into the center

Step 3

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Now fold two corners in a way that it makes a straight line in the middle and resembles a cone.

Step 4

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Repeat this with 7 other pieces.

Step 5

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Now glue the 8 pieces together with the folded sides facing down.

Step 6

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Let it dry for a few hours, ideally overnight.

Step 7

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Stick them on the window with some double sided tape or any transparent tape.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful. Let me know how you like these stars.

P.S: You can always use leftover wrappig papers, newspapers or your own paintings or your kids artwork to nake these. They won’t reflect as well as the kit paper but will still make for a magical experience nonetheless.