We do love throwing a party here at Gourmet Juniors! After all, that’s what I did in a past life! Once an Event Planner always an Event Planner!
We are planning our little Evie’s third birthday at the moment and I wanted to share our favourite healthy recipes that add a nourishing touch to our party food table.
I try to always add a couple of stand out home made treats amongst the popular party items of fruit sticks (I use a cookie cutter to make cute shapes for fruits such as watermelon and cantaloupe), veggie sticks and popcorn Here are two easy and quick recipes that I’m baking for Evie’s party.
Macadamia Bars (adapted from I Quit Sugar)
- 1 cup macadamias
- 3 cups low-sugar puffed rice cereal (we use the Freedom foods Rice Puffs)
- 1 cup raw buckewheat
- 1/4 cup rice malt syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- All natural sprinkles to garnish (optional)
- Line a 20cm square baking tin with baking paper.
2. Process the macadamias in a blender until the nuts form a smooth paste. Measure out 1/2 cup of the nut butter and put into a saucepan. (Any leftover macadamia butter will keep in an airtight container or jar in the fridge for up to 2 months.)
3. Add the nut butter, rice malt syrup and vanilla to the saucepan and place over low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture begins to 'melt'.
4. Remove the pan from the heat and pour into a large mixing bowl with the rice cereal and buckwheat. Mix well, until each piece of puffed rice is covered with the mixture.
5. Press into the prepared tin, using the back of a spoon to push the mixture into the corners. Sprinkle over the sprinkles.
6. Refrigerate for 15 minutes or until set. Slice into squares or bars and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Chocolate Chia balls (adapted from The Wholesome Child)
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 cup mixed seeds or nuts
- 1 cup medjool dates (pitted and chopped! I ruined my magimix but trying to cut corners and not chop)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
- 1 tbs raw cacao powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbs coconut sugar (*optional)
- 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
- Place all seeds, including chia seeds (or nuts) into a high-speed processor and process until smooth.
- Add half the dates and the coconut oil and process again until smooth.
- Add remaining dates and process again.
- Add the cacao powder, cinnamon (and optional coconut sugar) and process until smooth consistency is reached.
- Roll into little balls and cover in coconut then place into the freezer for an hour on a lined baking tray.
- Remove bliss balls from the freezer for at least 10 minutes before freezing.
I also love to outsource for the special and more time consuming items, Packed Real Food do amazing healthy treats, we love their gingerbread, sandwiches and cheese platters.
Although I love to cook, I’m definitely no cake baker! Mirella from Cheeky Pantry does the most incredible jobs of our cakes. They are certainly a treat, but they sure are a show stopper and completely delicious!
Have a wonderful time and enjoy the celebration!