Congratulations to Alice Park – please check your email. Alice’s favourite refined sugar free lunch box snack entry was:
I make a rice crispy slice with popped rice, seeds, fresh dates, coconut oil and rice malt syrup. It’s just like the old fashioned version only healthy!
Blog sponsor Pureharvest has added a great new product to their range of called Coco² (Coco squared). It is a very tasty chocolate spread, made from coconut and cocoa – hence the coco squared and it is sweetened with Pureharvest Rice Malt Syrup. Check out the giveaway after the recipe for a chance to win a fab prize pack including some delicious Coco².
As it is made with the goodness of organic coconut oil and organic cocoa, it is a healthy alternatives to regular chocolate spreads and the best news is that is very allergy friendly. Coco² is:
- Dairy Free
- Cane Sugar Free
- Gluten Free
- GMO Free
For those who have nut intolerances or have food restrictions at school, Coco² Original is nut free. Obviously the other two flavours being almond and hazelnut do contain nuts. My favourite is Coco² Original.
You can find Coco² in the Health Food Section of Coles and the Spreads Section at Woolworths, as well as selected health food stores and independent supermarkets.
I have been testing out Coco² in the kitchen and for sometime I have been wanting a recipe like my Larabar inspired raw bars and balls that the kids could take to school in their lunch box. All of those recipes contain nuts so cannot go to school. With the help of Coco² I came up with this super easy recipe for Choc sunflower seed balls.
It is a simple matter of throwing all the ingredients into the food processor and blitzing.
Scraping down and blitzing again, until the mixture is ready to be shaped into balls.
They take an hour or two to set in the fridge and then they are ready to eat. By adding Coco², not only do the balls have a lovely chocolate flavour, but with the coconut oil, they also set really well and remain firm once set, making them great for lunch boxes.
- 200 grams sunflower seeds
- 200 grams pitted dates
- 3 tbsp Pureharvest Coco²
- Add to your food processor the sunflowers seeds, dates and Coco². Process for a few minutes, then stop and scrape the mixture from down the sides of the food processor and blend again. How long and how many times you have to do this will depend on the power of your food processor.
- Once the mixture has made a stiff dough, you are ready to roll the balls. To test if the mixture is ready squeeze it in your hands. If it stays together easily then it is ready.
- Remove the blade from the food processor and use a heaped tablespoon of mixture to work into a ball. Continue this process until all of the mixture has been used.
- Place in the choc sunflower seed balls in the fridge for a 2 -3 hours to set. They are best kept in the fridge and can also be kept in the freezer.
Pureharvest Coco² giveaway
To celebrate the launch of Coco², Pureharvest have put together one wonderful prize pack for readers of Planning With Kids. One winner will receive:
- A selection of products, including Coco², from Pureharvest valued at $50
- $100 voucher to spend with Reusables Etc
Please note the image above is an example of the types of products that Reusables Etc sell, not the prize. You will receive a voucher and can choose the items from what is available online. Thanks so much to Reusables Etc for helping to provide such a fab prize and I can highly recommend checking out their site, they have fabulous products that are reusable, non-toxic and eco-friendly.
Terms and conditions
- To enter you must complete the form below. Upon entering the competition you will be signed up to the Pureharvest newsletter to receive great recipes and tips. If you are reading via email, please click here to enter if you cannot see the form.
- The giveaway is open to Australian residents only.
- The winner will be notified via email. You must have a valid email address to enter. If no response is received with 48 hours, a new winner will be selected.
- The give away will close Sunday 5th April 2015.
- The winner will be chosen by Planning With Kids based on creativity and you can only enter once.
- Please see full terms and conditions here.