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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Yummy Mummy Recipe: No Bake Oat Balls with nutriFoodie

Who's doesn't love a good, easy- to- make snack idea? How about a no- bake one (especially on hot Summer days when the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven!)? Aaaaand how about one you can customize to suit what your kids like? Yes please! When Ari and I got the chance to get together for a (non) baking day with Cristel from nutriFoodie and make some healthy allergy- friendly snacks I was looking forward to chatting with her about all things food and nutrition. As a Registered Dietician, Cristel helps families with their nutritional needs through consultations, cooking classes, and- to help get kids interested in cooking and nutrition- her annual Spring Break and Summer cooking camps.

While my kids are still too young for her camps, I was excited to learn about what she is doing to teach families and kids about food and nutrition. Her goal is to get everyone in the family interested and engaged with food while teaching them about how food can contribute to improved overall health. And if this wasn't cool enough, as part of her goal to make good food accessible to everyone, Cristel donates a portion of cooking camp proceeds to a food- related organization every year (learn more about that here). 

When Cristel arrived for our culinary collab, Ari was spoiled with an apron and cooking utensils from her, plus some other fun activities to keep her occupied while we chatted and set up the ingredients. Then it was time to make the snacks! Before getting together, Cristel and I discussed the food restrictions in our family and she created a simple recipe based on the information I gave her. Since I like to involve Ari in meal prep and baking whenever I can (ie when she's in a cooperative mood! ;) ) we thought it would be fun to adapt what Cristel offers in her cooking camps to include Ari in the process.

While Cristel and Ari measured and mixed ingredients, I snapped away to get some photos of the them working on their tasty creations. The recipe Cristel made with Ari is below (thanks to Cristel for sharing!) along with some info about Cristel's nutritional services. And I couldn't wrap up my intro without making this final note: I had been looking forward to this collaboration given our family's relationship with food, but meeting Cristel got me even more excited and pumped up. Her warmth and passion are contagious. It's obvious she genuinely loves what she does and sharing her knowledge to help others brings her a joy that comes with loving what you do. It was a real pleasure working with her and I hope there will be more chances to work together to share about food and nutrition with TPB readers. I hope you enjoy this post as much as we did working on it. Thank you again Cristel for such a fun foodie experience!

No- Bake Oat Balls

1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup nut or non- nut smooth butter (we made ours with sunflower seed butter)
1/4 cup applesauce
4 tbsp honey or agave
1 tsp vanilla

Choose 3 add- ons of the following (add 1/2 cup of each)
mini chocolate chips: can be dark, milk, or white)
chopped dried fruit: raisins, cranberries, apricots, or dates
nuts or seeds: almonds, walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds
ground flax seed
unsweetened coconut (ground or shredded)

Mix all ingredients together and roll into mini balls.
That's it!
- if the mixture is too sticky, add more of the nut/ non- nut butter and/ or cocoa powder
- if it's not holding together, add nut/ non- nut butter, applesauce, and/ or honey

Tip: prior to adding a sticky ingredient such as honey, spray the measuring cups/ spoons with oil to prevent from sticking

Optional other add- ons
 1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp of another extract of choice
3 tbsp of wheat germ
3 tbsp of chia seeds
spices of choice: cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger

About nutriFoodie
Cristel's goal with nutriFoodie is to bring basics back into the kitchen with meals the whole family will enjoy that are nutritious and delicious; to get everyone in the family involved with cooking and improve their relationship with food to help positively impact overall health and wellbeing. She is passionate about helping people make healthy choices and educating kids about nutrition. To help families enjoy cooking and food, Cristel offers a range of services from nutrition assessments and cooking demos to kid's cooking camps. To see the full list of services available such as family cooking classes and grocery tours, visit the nutriFoodie website.

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