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  • Cranberry almond Granola Bars

    So on this healthy new eating regime I have been trying out all sorts of tasty snacks to “keep the wolf from the door” as my mother would say. So I found a recipe and tweaked it as you do so it has the flavours and textures we liked. Can’t tell you how long these stay fresh as they just don’t last around here.

    cranberry almond granola bars

    2c pitted dates
    1c water

    Cook together over medium heat until they form a paste…so smush them together in a pan! Smush is so technical….to me it’s the only way to describe the action needed to make a paste.

    1/2c almond or whatever nut butter you fancy
    1/4c coconut oil

    Add to paste and stir until smooth and melted. Then add the following and mix well.

    2t vanilla extract
    1t cinnamon

    Get a big bowl and add the following to the bowl

    2c oats
    1/2c ground oats (whiz oats up in a food processor)
    1T chia seeds
    1T chopped almonds
    1T chopped dried cranberries
    1t flaxseed
    1/4c cocoa nibs
    1/4c pumpkin seeds
    1/4c omega sprinkles you can use sunflower seeds or whatever seedy type you like!

    Mix all the dry stuff together, then pour the wet, gloopy mushy stuff over the dry and mix well. Press into a parchment lined 8×8 pan and let cool and set for at least an hour before slicing and eating! Keep in a covered container….bet the lid isn’t on much!



  • Healthy Banana Oat Nut cookies

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    Now these haven’t photographed very well…but they taste great! Honest…I wouldn’t lie to you guys! Having rescued some bananas that someone was throwing out at work because they had gotten too dark, I needed to make something tasty, and with healthy eating being on the agenda I had also bought a LARGE tub of coconut oil from Costco so the two needed to be used together. Cookies are easy to make, easy to transport and definitely easy to eat so a batch beckoned.

    Ingredients:

    150 g coconut oil
    220 g dark brown sugar
    1 egg
    125 g mashed banana (about 1 decent sized banana)
    2 t vanilla extract
    125 g plain flour
    1/2 t baking soda
    1 t salt
    2 t cinnamon
    1/2 t allspice
    250 g oats
    60 g chopped walnuts
    70 g raisins

    Preheat oven to 180c. Get your baking trays ready…grease, line, silpat…even non stick. Cream together oil and sugar, add egg, banana and oil and mix. Sift in the flour, baking soda and salt…sprinkle in the spices and mix until combined. Mix in the oats, walnuts and raisins until distributed evenly. Pop onto the prepared baking trays leaving room for spread. Pop into the oven for about 10-12 minutes…depending on how big you made them. They need to cool before you take them off the trays as they are soft and chewy cookies.