Monday, 1 May 2017

Bounce Balls - V Life Review


Exciting news! Bounce balls have branched out and created an entirely new range of Vegan friendly Bounce balls, the range itself is called 'Bounce V Life' which contains 5 new flavours all made from natural ingredients and a blend of vegan proteins. I went through a real phase of stocking up on Bounce Balls, my particular favourites being the Coconut Macadamia & Peanut because they are honestly just great to keep you going throughout the day thanks to the protein hit and are also a good sweet fix too. So, when the Bounce V Life products came out I was intrigued to try their range of interesting new flavours - And here's my verdict (below)*: I have also created a couple of recipe ideas inspired by their new range and ingredients:

Coconut Cumin:
I've got to say when I first heard this flavour, I didn't know what to make of the cumin addition but it's really subtle and works really nicely with the sweetness from the coconut and the nuts covering the outside of the ball itself. 

Recipe Idea - Banana, Coconut & Cumin Muffins:

What you'll need:
-300g plain flour (gf) 
-1 tsp baking powder (gf)
-1/4tsp salt
-2 ripe bananas mashed
-50g dairy free butter melted
-150g sugar 
-1 large egg
-1/2tsp vanilla
-100g desiccated coconut

How to make:
Pre-heat your oven to 180 fan

>Place all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir. In a separate bowl mash the banana, add in the egg and melted butter. Combine the banana mix into the dry mixture and stir well.
>Line a muffin tin with 6 cases and divide the mix evenly
>Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown
>Best served slightly warm, a dollop of coconut yoghurt and crumbled pieces of Coconut Cumin V Life



Almond Spirulina:
This flavour really reminds me of marzipan for some reason. I think it's from the almond coating and the mix of sweet spirulina. All in all, I really like this flavour and think it would be great when you need a little sweet fix.

Beetroot Cashew:
If I am completely honest, this wasn't my favourite flavour and I didn't end up eating too much of it in the end as I found it to be quite a grainy texture and I could mainly taste cinnamon, which, mixed with an earthy beetroot flavour ended up tasting quite bitter. But it definitely inspired my recipe creation below as I would have never of thought to combine beetroot and cashew before - they compliment each other quite nicely.

Recipe Idea - Beetroot smoothie bowl with a cashew granola:

What you'll need:
Smoothie:
-1/2 beetroot
-100g blueberries
-200ml coconut water
-1 banana

Granola:
-Oats, cashews chopped up, agave nectar, coconut oil

How to make:
Pre-heat your oven to 180 fan

>Blitz together all the smoothie ingredients in a Nutribullet
>Mix together about 100g oats, 50g cashews, 1tbsp agave & 1 tbsp melted coconut oil then place onto a baking tray and bake for around 10 minutes


Cashew Peanut:
2 of my favourite nuts in a convenient on-the-go snack; what more could you want? You can really taste the peanut in this one, which I totally love, but what's even better is that it's not really sweet like some peanut butter or peanut based products can be, as that can then start to become fairly sickly after a while. Great for a morning snack or along side a breakfast smoothie.

Almond Kale:
Similar to the Almond Spirulina flavour, this one reminded me of marzipan but very subtly, not quite as much as the other one. I actually really liked this flavour having been previously quite sceptical of the kale element in a sweet bounce ball but the 2 flavours work well together. This was another one that spurred on a recipe idea (see below).

Recipe Idea - Kale, Almond, Chicken & Pomegranate Salad

What you'll need:
-Curly kale leaves
-Spinach
-Tenderstem broccoli
-Whole almonds & Flaked almonds (about 20g each)
-Pomegranate
-1 sliced chicken breast or tofu for vegans
-Tahini dressing

How to make:
Pre-heat your oven to 180 fan

>Start by placing the whole almonds on a baking tray with a little oil (I used rapeseed), you could also add some flavour too and roast for around 10 minutes
>Steam the kale leaves by placing on a low heat and covering with a pan lid, then add in the spinach leaves to allow to wilt down too
>Boil the tenderstem broccoli until aldente (still slightly crunchy)
>Combine the kale, spinach, broccoli, roasted nuts and place onto a large serving dish. Add in the sliced chicken, flaked almonds, pomegranate and finish by drizzling over with tahini. Great dish to share or to prepare in bulk for meal prep.



To read more about Bounce Balls and V Life click here
V Life Balls are currently available to buy in Whole Foods, Holland & Barrett & the Bounce website

*All views and opinions are my own and are a true representation of my review for this product.

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