Potter’s Herbals Malt Extract

When I saw this recipe for oat energy bars from Potter’s Herbals and thought it would be a great after school snack for the boy. I am always on the lookout for easy foods for him in the after school hours when he would happily eat everything in the fridge. I was interested to read about the properties of Potters Herbals Malt Extract and finding out about the slow release of the sugars in malt extract mean that this recipe is a perfect energy choice.

Potter’s Herbals Malt Extract ­ a traditional, nutritious and versatile malt extract. Can be spread on bread and toast, added to cereals, used as a replacement for refined sugar in bread, cakes and general cooking, or taken by the spoonful as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

  • Made using pure barley extract.
  • Free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives.
  • Sugar in Potter’s Herbals Malt Extract is in the form of maltose, which converts to glucose during digestion. Glucose is stored as glycogen, which can be readily converted back to glucose for sustaining blood glucose levels and energy release.
  • Prepared by low temperature concentration to preserve the natural ingredients in an easily digestible form.

Potter’s Herbals orange, raisin and cranberry oat energy bar

This protein packed energy bar has the citrus zing of the orange, combined with the sweetness of the dried fruits and the nutty tang of peanut butter. The malt, peanut butter and oats all create a slow release energy bar that will keep you energised throughout the day.

Makes: 12 Prep time: 10-15 minutes, plus cooling Cook time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

100ml orange juice

75g stoned medjool dates, chopped

50g dried cranberries

50g raisins

75g Potter’s Herbals malt extract

75g peanut butter

150g porridge oats

50g pistachios, chopped

potter's herbals

 

1 Preheat the oven to 180C, 160C fan, gas 4. Grease and line a 20cm square tin with baking paper.  

2 Place the orange juice, dates, cranberries and raisins into a pan, bring to a gentle simmer and cook over a low heat for 5 minutes. Pour into a food processor and whizz until smooth. Pour into a bowl then stir in the malt, peanut butter and porridge oats until combined and sticky. Stir through the pistachios and spoon into the lined tin.  

potters herbals malt extract

3 Flatten down with a spoon and bake for 15 minutes, until just golden around the edges.  Remove from the oven and immediately score into 12 energy bars, then leave fully to cool in the tin. 

4 Once cool remove from the tin and place onto a chopping board. Cut into bars. These can be kept in an airtight container for up to 4 days. 

Tip: For an added treat, you can stir 100g white chocolate chips/chopped white chocolate into the mixture.

potters herbals energy bars

I substituted a few ingredients in my bars as I found I didn’t have raisins so added cherry’s and currants instead. We didn’t add the nuts as the boy is not keen and I think my next batch might have to include banana chips as they are one of the boys favourite. My finished Potter’s Herbals cereal bars smelt amazing and tasted even better, they certainly went down well with the boy who loved the peanut buttery taste.

I was sent malt extract to try out this recipe, and would recommend it as a better alternative to refined sugar. Potters Herbals range can be bought online, or in Waitrose, Boots, Holland and Barrett and health food stores. Visit their website for more information.

 

Fruit Frollipops from Fruit Bowl – Review

Fruit Frollipops are the latest fruit snack from Fruit Bowl. These are a strawberry rocket shaped lollypop treats with no added sugar and are one of your five a day. Fruit Frollipops come in multi packs of 5 with one treat in each individual packet.

This is the first time I have been disappointed with a Fruit bowl snack, as we have enjoyed many of the others, our favourites being the sea shapes. These Frollipops come on a plastic stick, something I don’t particularly like. The Fruit Frollipop itself was fruity and also sticky so was difficult to get out of the package. It had a nice fruity flavour of strawberry’s, but was gone very quickly leaving me with a fair amount of plastic rubbish.

fruit frollipop

Fruit Frollipops are better alternative to sweets or boiled lollypops, I think we will stick to the other Fruit Bowl snacks as a sweet treat as we enjoyed them much more than the Frollipops.

For more information on the Fruit bowl range visit their website, and Facebook page.

Disclaimer we were sent this product to try the opinion remains our own and has not been altered.

Little Cracker Juice Drinks – Review

Little Cracker’s Juice Drinks are great little cartons of juice and we have reviewed their juice cartons before. Now Little Cracker’s have two new flavours to add to the range. Orange & Lemon, and Apple & Raspberry.

Little Cracker Juice drinks are a perfect handy lunch boxed size drink perfect now that the boy is back at school, and we were excited to find out what the new flavours would taste like. Little Cracker drinks are 100% natural juice with a splash of water, and with no added sugar are great as one of your five a day.

little cracker's juice drinks

As before the boy was not keen on the pear and vanilla flavour, and we think this is a little of an acquired taste, but the new flavours were a hit. Especially the cherry and blackcurrant as these are two of the boys favourite fruit flavours. Little Cracker Juice drinks are perfect for lunch boxes, now that the kids are back to school and are available for RRP £1.99 for a pack of 3 cartons.

If you would like the chance to try out Little Cracker’s Juice Drinks for yourself then I have a nice little giveaway for you, simply complete the Gleam app below for your chance to win a pack of each flavour of Little Cracker’s Juice Drinks

Little Cracker Juice Drinks
 

Disclaimer, we were sent a selection of Little Cracker’s Juice drinks to try the opinions remain ours and have not been altered.

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New Fruit Sours

New Fruit Sours are the latest addition to the Fruit Bowl Family of snacks, and very nice they are too! I have always liked sour sweets and the New Fruit Sours are just like sweets but better for you!

Our pack of Fruit Sours had made its way back to the Post Office, but that is what happens when your special postman goes on holiday! So on collection of our Fruit Sours parcel, the boy and I couldn’t resist trying them out in the car. When you first taste a Fruit Sour it tastes very tart, but after a few seconds this wears off and you get a real hit of fruit flavour. The pack of Fruit sours didn’t last long, and just to check we liked them another pack was consumed.

fruit bowl fruit sours

The boy says that he thinks they aren’t that sour. I think that after the first one the rest don’t have the same potency but the flavours are still there, Sea Shapes are still our favourite of the Fruit Bowl range, and I have to hide them or they disappear before they get to the lunch box. Each 20g pack contains about 12 fruit shaped drops with juices of apple, pear, cherry, orange and strawberry. They are suitable for vegetarians, and are gluten-free too. With no artificial colours or flavours they are an ideal pre fencing snack for the boy and guilt free treat for Mum!

fruit sours

Fruit Bowl Fruit Sours are available now from ASDA for £2.19 for 5 20g packs, for more details on which products are available at your supermarket visit the website. While you are there have a look at the Fruit Bowl advert, which the boy now sings each time he eats a pack of Fruit Bowl snacks, warning its catchy! or visit their Facebook page for more information on their fun new snacks.

 

Disclaimer we were sent this product fro review the opinions remain our own and have not been altered.

Baking with Fruit Bowl

We were excited to be sent some samples of Fruit Bowl snacks as I often buy these as a healthy snacks for the boy either as an after school treat, or for his lunch box. We have enjoyed the fruit sea and jungle shapes the most as these little fruity gems have an amazing flavour to them. The boy likes the peelers as these are a fun and different way to enjoy fruit.

fruit bowl fruit snacks

I decided to do something a little different and bake with Fruit Bowl Strawberry Flakes. You can find some interesting recipes here on their website, and I chose to try:

Fruit Flakes Muffins

makes about 12 standard sized muffins

  • 255g plain flour (if using self-raising flour, decrease baking powder to 1 tsp)
  • 15ml (3 tsp) baking powder
  • 2.5ml (0.5 tsp) salt
  • 85 – 100g fine granulated (varying depending on how sweet you like your muffins)
  • 1 egg
  • 240ml Milk
  • 90ml vegetable oil OR 85g butter, melted
  • 100 – 140g Fruit Flakes®, single flavour or mixed

Prepare muffin tins with liners or grease lightly. Preheat the oven to 190 – 200ºc, gas mark 5 – 6. Adjust as necessary for fan assisted ovens. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. In a separate bowl, beat the egg with a fork. Stir in milk followed by the oil/melted butter. Pour all of the liquid ingredients into the dry mixture. Stir until just combined, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl as you stir. This mixing should only take about 30 seconds – too much mixing and your muffins will be ‘heavy’. The batter will be lumpy but no dry flour should be visible. Add the Fruit Flakes® and mix in using 1 or 2 strokes. Fill the muffin liners 3/4 full. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until tops are lightly browned and spring back when pressed gently. Allow to cool for several minutes to make it easier to remove them from the tray. Best served warm.

baking with fruit bowl fruit flakes

The boy and I made these muffins together, and I think we may have over mixed our mixture as our muffins came out looking more like little fairy cakes. We had used five packets of Fruit Bowl Strawberry Fruit Flakes, but I think we could have used less as they were very fruity. The taste was lovely and the boy enjoyed having the muffins in his lunch box for school. I have never tried cooking with something like this but I guess it is no different really, to using dried fruit. Looking at other recipe’s on the Fruit Bowl site there are some very different uses for their snacks, from brownies and cookies to scones and caramel fingers!

strawberry fruit flake muffins

I love all the snacks from Fruit Bowl, and the boy has enjoyed finding some new flavours that he hadn’t tried before. He is not so fond of the School Bars for some reason, but I can guarantee if I put Sea Shapes in his lunch box that the packet will always come home empty.

Fruit bowl snacks are available from all the main supermarkets, although not all of them stock the full range. Have a look on the website to see which shops stock which snacks. With all the fruit bowl snacks they have no added sugar and are additive free, so I have no problems recommending them as a healthy alternative to chocolate and sweets, while also making up one of your 5 a day.

Disclaimer, we were sent a selection of snacks to try the opinions remain our own and have not been altered.

 

Some great snacks for Christmas treats

I tried lots of new snacks at the bloggers night in including Pop Chips, these different potato snack come in 3 flavours, sour cream and chives, salt and black cracked pepper and original. I really didn’t think that there was anything new that you could do with potato crisps but these are surprisingly different. At first from the name I though they were made from popcorn! But no they are 100% potato snacks. And being popped not fried contain less oil than a regular crisp.
I will confess to not being a fan of the cream cheese and chives flavour but this is more personal as they were nice just not my taste. My favorite flavour salt and cracked pepper will defiantly be on the next shopping list, as they were a great party snack and a made a nice change to regular crisps.

popchipsAnother of my favourite’s were Mr Trotters Potato Chips they had a very tasty and unique flavour to them, and I do like a crisp with the skin on. They had a kind of meaty flavour although still being completely vegetarian. Dad M liked these too and said they were very tasty.

Mr trotters

The boy also had a chance to try some of the samples that I brought home he said that the Darling popcorn that I tucked in his lunchbox was mega yummy! This luxury popcorn was a mixture of sweet and salty in one bag, and seems to be a hit. I like the fact it comes in a small bag, and think it is a healthy tasty snack to give the boy.

popcorn

Snack surprise of the night has to go to the Coconut Peanuts from Tropical Sun, although there was mixed feelings about them, I really enjoyed them. Each peanut has a crunchy coconut shell, which was not too overpowering but a great different and unusual taste that I think you will either love or hate!

coconut peanuts

 

The cheeky monkey, Walkers Hoops and Crosses snack review

Last week this cheeky little chap turned up with the postman. It’s always nice to get something unexpected in the post so I let the boy open this one.

Inside our shoebox was a cheeky monkey and a packet of the new Walkers Hoops and Crosses snack. We were sent a packet of the roast beef flavour to try.
My son loves crisps in his lunch so I was keen to find out what he thought of these.
our little walkers monkey with a tasty packet of New walkers hoops and crosses

The boy says

They are nice and crispy, and a cool shape. I like them but they could be a bit more beefy. They leave bits on your fingers, but its ok because you can lick it off.

I am always conscious that crisps are probably the worst part of my sons packed lunch, and do find it difficult to find healthy alternatives. Luckily these snacks are only 85 calories, and are made from whole grains with no artificial colours or preservatives. They also come in three flavours which state they are suitable for vegetarian’s.

I think I will be buying Walkers Hoops and Crosses for the boy as he seemed to really enjoy them, and if they are lower in fat and higher in wholegrain then they have to be a better alternative to crisps.

This is a sponsored post as I was sent a packet of Walkers Hoops and Crosses to review, but the opinion’s are all my own.