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Baked fudge protein bites

Photo: Maddy Bellcroft

A chocolate fudge snack with a difference: hemp powder.

These fudge bites are a quick snack that will keep your legs moving. Hemp protein has a good mix of amino acids, fibre and minerals. You can buy it in most health food stores and some supermarkets. If you want to give the recipe even more of a boost you can drizzle melted chocolate on top of the bites after they have cooled.

Prep time: 5min
Cook time: 20min
Makes: 12 bites
Cost: $5

2 large ripe bananas
¼ cup nut butter
¼ cup cacao powder
1 tbsp honey
4 tbsp ground chia seeds
2 tbsp hemp powder

Preheat the oven to 1900C and oil a mini muffin tray. In a medium-sized bowl, mash the bananas then stir all other ingredients and mix until well-combined. Spoon tablespoon-sized dollops into muffin trays and bake for 15-20min.

Remove trays from the oven and allow to cool in tins before gently popping them out with a bread knife. Store in the fridge or a cool place and eat within a few days.

Line your chilly bin with frozen milk bottles of salt water, then layer frozen foods

Summer camping skill set: Keep a chilly bin cold

To get the best results from your chilly bin, pre-cool it before use with ice packs from your freezer. The bottom, walls, and inner lid should be cold to the touch before you add food and drinks.

Store-bought ice cubes are convenient, but they don’t last long. Save money by freezing your own ice packs using plastic bottles or containers. Salt water freezes at a lower temperature than freshwater, and will last longer in your chilly bin. Allow more than 24 hours of freezing time and remember not to fill bottles to the top to allow for expansion. When packing supplies, place ice on the bottom, and layer frozen foods tightly on top. Next, layer more ice, followed by cold foods and drinks, and put your perishables on top.

The goal is to limit air flow, so pack your chilli bin as tightly as you can. Eat and drink from the top down, and avoid opening the lid where possible.