Be a star, bake these one-bite cakes for Bowel Cancer UK

Find out how this tiny, tasty cake can help raise money for Bowel Cancer UK this Easter.

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I get so excited each time Bowel Cancer UK asks me to get involved with their Be a Star, Bake a Cake campaign, which aims to help raise money for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month in April. Putting my cake recipes out there with celeb chefs supporting the campaign - like Rick Stein and Tom Kitchin - is so cool! Of course, being a registered nutritional therapist (who also loves cake, I might add) the recipes I contribute are a bit different.

Did you know that a healthy diet can help you reduce your risk of bowel cancer? It's true. Scientists think around half of all bowel cancers could be prevented by having a healthier lifestyle, from eating well and breaking a sweat regularly, to staying in shape and not smoking. I find this statistic incredible. So I couldn't resist creating a sweet recipe for Bowel Cancer UK that will also play a part in your health. Yes, have your cake and eat it.

My choc seed bliss balls are so easy to make, keep well in the fridge or freezer and taste delicious. You'll want to make these little one-bite cakes over and over again. Start with Easter, if you can't stand the sight of any more Cadbury Creme Eggs! These are full of bowel-friendly fibre from oats, seeds and prunes, and this is one of those rare bliss ball recipes that doesn't use dates - making them far lower in sugar. The balls are also free of wheat, dairy and nuts for those who have allergies, which makes them great to share at school or work.  Plus they are chocolate-flavoured, right? So go ahead, love your gut and enjoy! Have two...

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A quick aside before we get to the recipe. Do you know the symptoms of bowel cancer to look out for?

  • Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo
  • A change in bowel habit lasting three weeks or more
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
  • A pain or lump in your tummy

If you notice any changes, just go and see your GP; and remember that you can reduce your risk of bowel cancer by eating a healthy diet. In my opinion healthy food should also be delicious, and now and then it can include cake. These little ones, preferably.

You can make these one-bite bliss balls to share with your friends and raise money for Bowel Cancer UK's essential research. A no-brainer! Take part in Be a Star, Bake a Cake this month.


Share these one-bite bliss balls at work, school or with family, feel good and help raise money for bowel cancer.

Makes 36 small bliss balls or 24 large ones
Serving size: one for little pips with a glass of milk, two for adults with a coffee
Preparation time: 5 minutes

1 cup rolled oats
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ cup sunflower seeds
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp flaxseeds
*You can also use a seed mix, like Alesto’s from Lidl
2 tbsp good-quality cocoa powder e.g. Green & Blacks organic
½ cup desiccated coconut
½  cup prunes (about 8-10)
1-2 tbsp honey (optional)
3-4 tbsp water
Extra dessicated coconut, cocoa powder or seeds to coat 

If you have irritable bowel syndrome or you are following the low FODMAP plan, you should be fine with the small amount of prunes in each small ball (about a quarter) but try one and see how you feel. You can also leave out the honey - I actually prefer it this way, you can taste the cocoa and feel more righteous, too!

1. Place the seeds, cocoa powder and desiccated coconut in a food processor or blender, and blitz until well mixed and the seeds are chopped small.

2. Add in prunes and blitz again until mixed.

3. Add in the water - using as much as you need until the mixture just starts to come together - and honey to taste. I think 1 tbsp is enough, but you might add 2 tbsp if you are making these for kids (it's still not much when spread across 36 balls, so don't worry).

4. Take heaped teaspoons of mixture and roll into little balls. It's easier if you scoop the mixture off the teaspoon using a second teaspoon; and wet your hands slightly first before rolling.

5. Roll the balls into coconut, cocoa powder or seeds to decorate.  

6. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days (or make an extra batch for yourself, and pop them in the freezer for snacks)


Bliss ball