This mango snack bites recipe is sponsored by Caruso’s Natural Health and their Kids and Teens Probiotic.
Mango snack bites are delicious in the lunchbox, freezer friendly and absolutely delicious. The perfect mango bliss balls for lunchboxes, snack time and sharing.
Why you're going to love this snack
These delicious mango snack bites are the ultimate kids snack. But the great things about them don’t stop there:
- Good for you- more on that later!
- Easy to make
- Nut free
- A source of prebiotics
- Sweetened only with fruit
- Quick and easy to make in the food processor
- Bliss Balls are a kid favourite!
Mangoes are so delicious
Whether you make this with fresh or frozen mangoes, the recipe stays the same and it means you can enjoy a burst of summer yumminess year round.
Also the sweet flavour of the mango helps to disguise the thing kids might not be so keen on like the flax seeds and the chia seeds.
Do I have to have a food processor?
Yes! It’s the only way you will blend everything for these bliss balls sufficiently. You could also try a high powered blender. You can’t do this by hand.
Why are oats and flax seeds good for you?
Oat and flaxseeds are a source of prebiotics, which is a soluble fibre found in various plant based foods which helps to create the right environment for probiotics to establish, grow and flourish.
As the fibres in foods such as oats and flaxseeds begin to break down, they travel and ferment their way along the digestive tract. This in turn is priming your digestive tract for probiotics.
Another recipe that is great for getting prebiotics into the kids is this recipe for roasted chickpeas with herbs and sea salt.
What are probiotics?
“Probiotics” is a collective term used to describe bacteria or other microorganisms that dwell in a population or microbiome, such as the intestinal microbiome.
PROBIOTICS MAY HELP TO:
- Enhance your immune system
- Support your immune system to fight illness
- Maintain healthy immune system function
MAY HELP RELIEVE:
- Gas / Flatulence
- Abdominal bloating & pain Constipation
- Medically Diagnosed IBS
- Traveller’s Diarrhoea
- Mild Mastitis
- Eczema or Dermatitis
Some probiotic species (such as Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium bifido, Lactobacillus paracasei and Bifidobacterium lactis) can actually help to support the immune system to the point where they can reduce the number of sick days a child takes from school or daycare, by helping to shorten the duration of an illness.
How do we use probiotics?
My kids take a daily dose of probiotics- in the form of Caruso's Kids & Teens Probiotic It helps to:
- Support immune system health
- Maintain healthy digestion
- Maintain gastrointestinal health and support friendly tummy flora
- Support bowel regularity
- Maintain general health and wellbeing
NOTE: Always read the label and follow directions for use. If symptoms persist, worsen or change unexpectedly, talk to your health professional.
Caruso’s Kids and Teens probiotic
Is a flavourless powder and is a daily dose of probiotics specifically designed for kids and teens. It’s just one way we can help them to have a healthy gut biome.
It’s easy to make it part of your daily routine. You can check out the range of Caruso’s products for kids and teens here.
Ingredients for making this recipe
Don't forget to scroll to the recipe card for amounts
- Mango- whether you use fresh or frozen is up to you
- Oats- I use rolled porridge oats- a source of prebiotics
- Coconut-flaked or shredded is your best option and then desiccated for rolling
- Flax seeds- also known as linseeds- and a source of prebiotics
- Chia seeds- I used black ones
- Soak the chia and flax seeds in the hot water
- Combine all the ingredients in a food processor
- Blitz until smooth
- Roll into balls
- Roll each ball in desiccated coconut to set them.
- Refrigerate to set.
Tips and tricks for this recipe
They will store for 3-5 days in the fridge in a sealed container, but can also be frozen for up to 3 months.
They are great in the lunchbox, or perfect for a before/after school snack. Great for grab and go snacking.
Add more coconut, or oats and blitz again. It can sometimes happen depending on how moist your mango is.
Use a dessert spoon to make them the right size.
Rolling in the desiccated coconut keeps them together.
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Mango snack bites
- 1 cup mango I used frozen that I defrosted, if you use fresh, 1-2 mangoes will yield a cup of flesh
- 1 cup oats rolled
- 1.5 cups flaked coconut or shredded
- 1 tbsp chia seeds soaked in 2 tbsps water
- 1 tbsp flax seeds soaked in 2 tbsps water
- desiccated coconut for rolling
- Soak the chia seeds and flax seeds in water for 5 minutes.
- Add the mango, oats, coconut and soaked seeds to the bowl of a food processor.
- Blitz until well combined.
- Roll into balls (it is a moist mixture).
- Roll in the coconut. Refrigerate to set.
- Can be frozen.