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Bomb-Bombs

Instead of taking something out of your life in 2021, hows about adding something in?

Like these energy bomb-bombs?

These mocha balls will happily hibernate in your freezer for up to four months, and your fridge for 1 month. This will help to upgrade those pesky sugar cravings into a nutritional party. We grab a handful running out the door and sink our nashers into them after 4 minutes of defrosting on the car seat beside me. They almost make traffic worthwhile. Almost.

Feel free to drizzle dark chocolate across each one, roll them as large of golf balls or teeny like cherries, or coat them in cacao powder. Of course wholefood divas can offset the coffee by adding some reishi powder or positive affirmations to the dough bowl. Namastasty. 


MOCHA BOMB BOMBS

3 tablespoons cocoa or cacao powder

170g roasted or blanched hazelnuts

12 gooey Medjool dates

2 tablespoons espresso coffee

Generous sprinkling of flaky salt

Added pinch of probiotics, chaga, lion’s mane, reishi, brahmi, whatever you fancy (optional)


Start by pulsing your cocoa or cacao with your hazelnuts in a food processor until they resemble bread crumbs (only delishier).

Then de-stone all your fabulous Medjool dates. I recommend proceeding with caution as one in every 100 Medjool dates can have a dry black mould that poofs out upon tearing into the date. You do not want this in your Sunday mocha ball!

Drop each date into the food processor, one by one, while the motor is still running. Trickle in the espresso until a manageable dough ball forms in your processor. Dust with sea salt, optional jazz, and roll into 16 beautiful balls. Chill until set, and coat with melted chocolate if you fancy. But we prefer them as they are. Freeze in bags for another date, or store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Treats & Snacks

WFH PrOat Bars (haute bars?)

Heard of hemp protein? It comes from the same plant species as marijuana, but hemp is entirely legal and non-psychoactive. Sorry. My childer have it in their smoothies and these lunchbox proat bars. Proats (protein & oats) are simple to make, cheap, highly nutritious and crazygorgeoustasty.

Hemp protein powder contains all 8 essential amino acids to give it bragging rights in the plant kingdom, as well as a nice dose of omega-3 and iron. Omega-3 fats are important for gym bunnies as they help quench inflammatory markers and heal bruised tissue. More importantly, omega-3 fats feed your brain and not your waistline. We like.

Hemp’s rich store of iron is responsible for helping oxygen to Access All Areas and make you feel like a backing dancer for Beyoncé. Spinach pales in comparison – tough luck Popeye.

And finally, a word on flax seed. They help your pipes. A lot. And offer another round of omega-3 artillery.

Use whatever protein powder you have – I won’t mind. Much.

To make 8 bars:

80g oats

2 tablespoons (hemp) protein powder (or more oats)

3 tablespoons milled chia

3-4 tablespoons maple or rice syrup

5 tablespoons runny tahini

Generous flurry of flaky salt

1 In a food processor or blender, blitz the oats and protein powder (if using) into a fine flour.

2 Tumble into a large bowl with the remaining ingredients and mash together with a fork and muscle. If your oats soak up all the liquid straight away, it’s worth adding another splash of tahini or syrup. Both the oats and ground chia need liquid to make them more digestible. And if your tahini is super thick, you might benefit from adding another drop.

3 Line a loaf tin with parchment, and squash the mixture down. Freeze for 30 minutes, before cutting into bars and storing in the fridge. We love drizzling chocolate over ours, or extra sea salt. Serve them to moody teens or sporting nuts, and watch them prostrate your genius.

Treats & Snacks, Vegan &/or Raw

Making Cola Cordial

A long list of Ayurvedic spices and celestial goodness? Yup. It’s home-made cola, inspired by Dublin’s best barista and mixologist. (Hi Alex).

Whatever you’re into … Jesus, Allah, ACDC or Dumbledore, you can’t deny the reverie here. It’s all-powerful and pervading.

 

Home-made Cola

Makes 500ml cola cordial

 

5 medium unwaxed oranges

4 small unwaxed lemons (3 big ones)

600ml water

270g-300g light muscovado sugar

1 large cinnamon stick

6 cloves

1 vanilla stick

½ teaspoon ground All Spice

2 bay leaves (optional)

Sparkling water, to top

 

Prepare your cordial by juicing and zesting the oranges and lemons. Bring to a gurgling boil, and add the water, sugar, cinnamon stick and cloves. Now split the vanilla pod down the centre. Using a sharp knife, scrape out the sticky black seeds (which looks like black sap). Add this, and the empty vanilla pod, to your bubbling pot. Sprinkle in the ground all-spice – don’t panic if you can’t find this because you can swap it out for 2 bay leaves, a little ground coriander seed and ground nutmeg.

Boil for 45 minutes, or until dark and viscous.

Strain into an airtight sterilised bottle. Store in the fridge for up to 8 weeks.

To serve as cola, use ¼ cordial to ¾ sparking water in each glass and add some ice to the party. If it’s too sweet, add as much fizz as you fancy.

 

Groovy re-usable straw …

To wash, just rinse or stick it in the dishwasher! Made by my friend Jeannie in California (Jeannie is short for Genius, I think). Metal ones tend to freeze the bejaysus out of my lips.