Organix… Not Just For Babies! Healthy Snacks for Children

I was recently approached by a lovely lady from the very well-known brand Organix, who asked if Luke would like to try some of their snacks. Now I’ll be honest with you, I had heard of Organix. Who hasn’t?? They are a HUGE brand and leaders in healthier snacks. Luke had many of their finger food snacks as a baby and toddler and absolutely loved them (especially their apple rice cakes), but I stopped buying them when he started school. I had no idea that they did snacks for older children though!

I was sent two boxes of Organix Punk’d Oaty Bars. These are aimed at primary school aged children from 5-11 years old. They are available in 2 delicious flavours: Strawberry and Vanilla Smash, and Cocoa and Orange Crash. There are 6 bars in a pack, each individually wrapped, making them perfect for school lunchboxes. Most schools now won’t let children take unhealthy things in their lunchbox, so these are perfect! The packaging is cool and funky, and I personally love the name. If you are “punked” you have had a trick played on you. The trick with these bars is your child won’t realise they are eating something that is actually good for them. Bonus!

The long school Summer holiday is here and if your child is anything like mine, they’ll be constantly looking for snacks. It never ceases to amaze me how much Luke can eat during weekends and holidays. He must be starving on school days having to wait 3 hours between food!!! I always make sure the fruit bowl is full and there are yoghurts in the fridge, but sometimes he just wants something unhealthy and sweet. Punk’d Bars satisfy those sweet cravings, even though they are healthy. And because they are made mainly from oats and sultanas they are filling too so keep him going until mealtimes! I am keeping a permanent supply of these bars in the cupboard! They are a good source of fibre and protein, and are suitable for vegetarians. All of the ingredients are organic, and the sweetness comes from naturally occurring sugars from the fruit. Organix have a No Junk Promise, and there is nothing artificial in any of their bars. These bars would also be ideal for days out, as they are so conveniently packed to have in your bag or coat pocket.

Organix products are available in many supermarkets so are very easy to get your hands on. If you want to find out more about their range of products for each age group, click HERE to go to the Organix website.

Organix sent me some delicious healthy recipes to try out and some great tips on healthy snacking, so look out for those posts over the next few weeks!

 

DISCLAIMER: I was sent the Punk’d Bars for free in return for an honest review. I only recommend products or services I genuinely like, as honesty is at the heart of my blog. All opinions are my own honest views. 

 

 

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Chocolate Concrete Recipe using Food Thoughts Finest Organic Cocoa

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I was over the moon to recently be sent some Finest Organic Cocoa from Food Thoughts. I get through A LOT of cocoa in my house… chocolate cake, brownies, cookies, and did I mention chocolate cake? If I’m honest, I have never really thought about the cocoa I usually buy. Until now, that is!

I’ve heard people talk about “Dutch processed” cocoa but wasn’t really sure what that was. I’ve now discovered that it means the cocoa has been washed in a potassium carbonate solution which reduces the cocoa’s natural acidity. A lot of people say this cocoa tastes smoother. Personally I prefer the more natural taste of chocolate, and so this Food Thoughts one is perfect. It is 100% pure natural cocoa powder, unsweetened and gluten-free. Just as nature intended. Heaven!

I wanted to try it in a recipe which relies on a very chocolatey flavour, so it had to be chocolate concrete (or chocolate crunch, depending on where you live). This was easily my favourite school dinner pudding, and remains a firm favourite family pudding today. We used to have it at school served with pink custard, which I’ve since found out was actually hot pink blancmange. Who knew? A lot of people have told me that pink custard is wrong… it has to be green mint custard. Again, it seems that it depends on where you live as to how it was served. I’ll stick with the pink though! I only found out how to make chocolate concrete a few years ago, when a lovely retired dinner lady gave me the recipe. I’m eternally grateful! I have made this recipe with both Dutch processed, and with this yummy Food Thoughts natural cocoa powder. The difference in colour hit me first. Dutch processed cocoa is a lot darker than natural, where natural is a much redder shade of brown. The main picture is using Food Thoughts cocoa. The next picture uses Dutch processed:

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I prefer the natural cocoa colour. Tastewise, I again prefer the natural cocoa. For me it tastes more chocolatey and indulgent.

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CHOCOLATE CONCRETE

155g unsalted butter, melted

1 egg, beaten

30g cocoa powder

225g self-raising flour

170g granulated sugar, plus extra for sprinkling on top

  • Preheat oven to 160C. Grease a 12 x 7 inch tin with butter.
  • Mix the sugar and melted butter together, then add the flour and cocoa powder. Mix well until you have a stiff consistency and it is all well combined. Gently mix in the beaten egg.
  • Transfer the mixture to the greased tin, press down using the back of a metal spoon and flatten the mixture firmly into the tin, making sure you press the corners down well too.
  • Dip your fingers into cold water and sprinkle lightly on top of the mixture. Bake in the top half of the oven for 45 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and sprinkle with a little bit of granulated sugar. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then cut into pieces of desired size, and cool on wire racks. This will make it harden too.
  • Serve on its own or with any flavour of custard to be transported back to your childhood school dinnertimes.

If you want to try Food Thoughts Cocoa for yourself, it is only available in Sainsburys at the moment, but they will be expanding it to more supermarkets in the future. Enjoy!

I was sent this cocoa free of charge to sample and bake with. All views are my own though as honesty is always the best policy.