Apricot and coconut protein balls

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Every year at christmas Mum makes her apricot and coconut balls, in fact they were one of the first things I learnt to make as a child, a great recipe for sticky fingers! Mum’s recipe requires crushed sweet biscuits, dried apricots, coconut and lots and lots of super sweet condensed milk and while the balls are delicious they are best left for christmas time. I wanted to take the traditional apricot ball and make it into a healthier snack for any day, still keeping the flavour in.

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Breakfast banana smoothie

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Smoothies make great easy breakfasts for on the go,  but sometimes they just don’t measure up. Like when its 10am and you’re hungry again and dreaming of lunch already or when its so full of fruit it would have been quicker to neck a juice.

This smoothie is different, it has enough protein to keep you satisfied for a long time, complex carbs in the form of banana and oats for energy and enough fibre from the flax to keep the blood sugar levels steady.  You can mix up the fruit a little too, add in some blueberries or a little mango to keep it interesting. My favourite addition to make this the complete breakfast is to add a shot of coffee. Amazing.

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High protein pancakes for one

Who doesn’t love pancakes in the morning? They are great when you have a little extra time on your hands to make something up, although with this recipe they take hardly anytime at all to make thanks to the use of a small bottle blender (the ultimate cheap appliance that you can use everyday, I love mine).

I served these with the first of the season’s apricots, banana, berries  and some tahini. The pancakes are quite sweet already so you don’t really need a syrup I find.

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