Tuesday, July 3, 2012

{recipe} home made healthy 'milo'



Thank you for all your lovely comments on my post about feeding my kiddos. I am sorry I haven't responded to them yet and yes, I have seen the not so nice comments that a couple of people left. It is what it is and we eat this way as a choice we make - everyone has the right to choose their own path and I am not trying to preach or make anyone feel guilty. I hope that it didn't come across like that!

Here is the home made 'milo' recipe as promised to share. I didn't make this up, but adapted it from another recipe {linked below}. It is very easy to make and oh so yummy.
When I got my thermomix one of the first things I did was make this 'milo' for my kiddos. {ok and for me too!} I think if you have a good food processor or similar this would work well in there too.

Check out Milo's advertising and you'll find most of the 'goodness of milo' is from the milk you add it to. This recipe is full of actual goodness, before you add the milk :o} And doesn't have any not so great ingredients, is high in protein and lower in sugar.

All of these yummy ingredients magically combine to make a home made healthy 'milo' full of goodness and yumminess. 




The original recipe calls for a cup of sugar {rapadura} and a cup of cocoa. I decided to use 1/2 a cup of raw sugar and 1/2 cup of organic cacao powder instead and also omitted the brazil nuts and pecans as they can be quite bitter. I added chia seed instead of sesame and we used more almond and some hazelnut in place of the brazil nuts and pecans. This time I also put in a tbsp less linseed as I find linseed pretty strong in flavour.
We are really loving it like this. For us it's the perfect balance of flavours :o}

I made the original recipe the first time with only a few changes {we didn't have any brazil nuts, pecans or sesame seeds} and really loved it, but I always change things to suit our tastes or try to find ways to 'make it better' and my adapted recipe is the one I am sharing with you here.

I make this in my thermomix as it is so powerful and able to grind up these seeds really well. If you don't have a thermomix and are trying this in your food processor and find that it is unable to grind up the chia and linseeds I would buy the linseed and chia seed already ground from the health food shop.

Home Made Healthy 'Milo'

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp each of sunflower seed, pepita/pumpkin, linseed and chia seeds
1/2 cup of almonds
1/4 cup of toasted hazelnuts {with the skins removed as they can be quite bitter}
1/4 cup of cashews

1/2 cup of cocoa or cacao powder
1/2 cup of sugar or rapadura if you are trying to use natural sweetener. 
I find rapadura very strong in flavour, it's quite distinct and unfortunately not a favourite around here so I used organic raw sugar but have halved the amount from the original recipe!

Method:

1. First grind your linseed and chia until quite fine {if using a thermomix grind on speed 9 for 20 seconds}



2. Then add the other seeds {sunflower and pepita} and all of the nuts and grind until fine.  You may have to scrape down the sides. {if using a thermomix grind on speed 9 for 5-10 seconds} Don't do this bit for too long as you don't want it to become a paste. 



3. Now add your sugar and cocoa powder and mix through. {if using a thermomix mix on speed 7 for 3 seconds}



This recipe made us just over a jar and 1/2 {these are tomato paste jars} after we sampled a few teaspoons and made 4 very generous drinks. Best stored in the fridge.

The poster of the original recipe mentions that the ground nuts offer complete protein and a good dose of antioxidants and the many other vitamins and minerals found naturally in nuts. 
The seeds are rich in macronutrients and vitamins and minerals. All good stuff to help kids grow!

I put a teaspoon or two into milk for the kids and hubby will put a teaspoon or two into the big batch of porridge that the three of them share some mornings. It is so yummy on ice cream and shhh just off the spoon!



Hope you enjoy this if you try it out! Let me know how you go :o} 

x



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24 comments:

  1. Thanks for this Bianca, can't wait to try it in our Thermomix!!! My 5 year old has only had Milo a couple of times at Grandma's house, my 2 year old has never had it. So happy they can now have it, and Mumma is happy with what is in it!! Thank you!! xx

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    1. Yes! Go Jennine! It is pretty impressive once you make it! I even love it! xxx

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  2. Oh yummo!! What a fabulous recipe for the Thermomix, I'll have to add this to my (LONG) pile of recipes to try for the Thermie!

    Thanks again,

    Allison
    http://utterlyorganised.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. LOVE my thermomix, so so so glad we bought one!! Please let me know how you go, and share any other recipes you are loving Allison! x

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  3. Thank you so much Bianca. I can't wait to try it out. I love doing things from scratch so keep these recipes coming...

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    1. Thanks so much Celia, hope your family loves it!

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  4. This was the first thing I made in my new Thermomix this afternoon! So yum! Got the smile of approval from my 5 year old son too!!

    I was a little heavy handed with the nuts and it was a little too nutty and not enough chocolatey but I'll only need to make a slight adjustment to make it perfect.

    Thanks again Bianca x

    Clare

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    1. Hi Clare!
      So glad your 5 year old liked it! Feels so good when they like something that we've made from scratch!!
      That is what is great about recipes like this, you can adjust to suit your taste etc. A little extra chocolate next time :) xx

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  5. Thanks for this recipe. I've just made it and am absolutely loving it.

    Thank you generally for reminding me about healthy, unprocessed food. It was something I cared about before kids but then life felt too busy to worry. I'm back on the "healthy food wagon" now and its been great! My three year old daughter announced last night that my homemade lentil bolognnaise and brown rice was her favourite meal ever!

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    1. Hi Laura! How awesome is your 3 year old! It is so easy to get overwhelmed by it all, being a mum is hard work! And we are so busy. Small steps :) So glad you liked the recipe!! xx

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  6. Claire Lenton-CaterJuly 9, 2012 at 7:35 AM

    Thanks for this! I'm going to have to invest in a food processor now so i can make it!

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    1. Hi Claire! Let me know how you go! x

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  7. Fantastic!! im sooo going to try this! thanks Bianca :D

    ....I know someone may have asked you this question previously (and im sure you have replied hundreds of times lol), but would it be possible to know what programme or software you use to create you charts etc.

    Thanks
    Mel

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    1. Hi Mel! Hope you do try it! It is so yummy!
      I use photoshop and illustrator for my printables and charts etc :o} self taught mostly, so I am always learning new things x

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  8. I made this up the other day and I love it! My 3 year old boy loves it too and I dont mind him having it unlike the milo and similar that you buy in the supermarket.

    I read a book a long time ago about colours and preservatives in food and thought I would try and change our diets then but I guess it seemed too hard at the time and then I ended up forgetting about it. So now I have found your blog and with your help I can slowly make changes in our diets for the better. I am so glad I found your blog. Less than a week and I have already learnt so much!

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  9. Hi,
    I really want to try this but can't seem to find Chia. Can I use something else or best leaving it out all together??
    Kathy

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    1. Hi Kathy, you could certainly leave Chia out - it has very very little taste so wouldn't really matter

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  10. Does the milo dissolve as normal milo does?????

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  11. Thanks for this, I have been looking for a close to nut free thermomix milo recipe. My daughter is allergic to peanuts but ok with hazelnuts and almonds but I am not sure about the brazils or cashews so thought I could swap the cashews for hazelnuts in your recipe.

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  12. This recipe looks great but I have a child with a nut allergy. Been trying to think of an alternative. Do you have any thoughts?
    Thanks

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    1. Sorry Patricia I don't know if it would work without any nuts - but you could always make a chocolate mix with some sugar and cacao powder and some good stuff like the chia and seeds, it won't be the same but would probably still be yummy?

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    2. Bianca I tried it using rice bran cereal instead of nuts, I did add extra cocoa and sugar by mistake but it worked out pretty well!

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  13. Wow this is delish! Thanks

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  14. This looks wonderful! I can't wait to try it with my kids...

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