Mine has got to be granola cups. They are so quick and easy to do that my monkeys and I have them nearly every weekend.
I am not sure how I came up with the idea for these but I guess I am always looking for something delicious to give my little ones and they do love it.
You can change up the recipe as you wish and replace the coconut with any other chopped nuts, the maple syrup with agave syrup and add dried fruit if you want. Fill them with your favourite yoghurt or smoothie. Top them with any berries or other fruit there are no limits to your creativity. These are so versatile and you can see from my Instagram pots that I had them in all sorts of varieties.
The best thing is they are refined sugar free and of course vegan.
So have a go and let me know what you think. please also tag me in Instagram if you do post a picture as I am very curious and would love to see your creations.
Do you travel a lot for work? I kinda do. Not a lot lot but enough. Its always to Paris and I always struggle with food when I travel. I try to get prepared by making sandwiches for the flight and snacks for throughout the day. But my usual day looks like this. We get the flight at 7am, so I get up at 4. We land at around 10 French time and get a taxi to the office, where we consume a lot of coffee. Then its off to meetings and at around 12 or 1 we have lunch. this is where the trouble starts. The French office have a canteen and guess what? No vegan options, they do have what they call a salad bar which consists of pickled veg and creamy dressings. All full of dairy. So what do I have? Some “Salad” from said bar and chips. YUP, very healthy. After lunch its off for more coffee and meetings. We work until around six and then its off to the hotel for a quick rest and then some dinner with my non-vegan colleagues. Its never fancy, I don’t mind that, but its also never healthy. Think Pizza, pasta etc. Again no vegan options here, except the last time I got pasta with tomato sauce. So guess what I have, either chips or Pizza without cheese. I’m back in the hotel then and off to bed. The next day its bread at the hotel with peanut butter full of sugar and jam for breakfast. Only recently did they get soya milk so I had cereal (the sugary type).
Back to work after this and the same lunch again at 12ish. At 3 I leave for the airport. Guess What? Aerlingus do not have a single vegan option for snacks on their flights.
By the time I get home Ive had pizza, chips, bread, all sorts of sugary food and loads of coffee. Am I just unorganised or do you struggle when travelling for work?
So I do need to detox big time and get some nutrients in. This is where my superfood smoothie with chiapudding comes in. Its packed full of vitamins, antioxidants and is super yummy.
Recipe is below if you need time out from junkfood.
Have I ever mentioned how much I love cereal bars? Proper cereal bars I mean. Not the stuff you get at the shop, now there are a few new bars that are great, but real homemade cereal bars.
I love having them in the house and if there are some they are usually gone pretty quickly.
There are so many recipes for them and I could share so many with you but today I have a recipe that for scrumptious spicy chocolate cereal bars.
Not only are they refined sugar free but the spices increase your intake of antioxidants. But you knew that already. I for myself love spicy food but when cooking for my two little ones I have to be cautious as if they detect any trace of a kick to their food they wont eat it. So these are moderately spicy.
The recipe is for chunky and smooth bars depending on your preference and if you’re making them please let me know in the comment section what you thought.
They’re small and handy and if you have no time for breakfast in the morning just throw one in your bag and have it with your coffee or tea on the way to work, school, anywhere really. But are they good for you? With the huge amount of different bars on the market its hard to chose the right bar. They are all being marketed as really good for you with loads of fruit and nuts and cereal. But have you checked the ingredients list? First of all its usually a really long list and then one of the first ingredients listed is usually sugar.
SO they are full of sugar. Most of them anyway.
And while I have also been guilty of buying them because they are so nice with your morning caffeine fix I think there is a better solution and it doesn’t involve much work!
WIN WIN right?
So let me introduce you to the three ingredient breakfast bar. Or elevenses bar or anytime you want a snack bar really.
I try to make loads of them and keep them handy to bring to work or feed my kiddies with their plant milk when they’re that bit peckish.
I hope you’ll like them as much as I do.
Hazelnut, Pumpkin seed & Date Breakfast Bars
Delicious healthy nutty bars, ideal for elevensies
Chop all the ingredients with a sharp knive until they are very small. I usually do this because I like my bars chunky. You can also throw them into a food processor and process until you get a sticky mass that can be rolled out. If it is too crumbly add a drop of water. Really only a drop until all the ingredients come together.
Roll out into a square about 1cm high, obviously you can make thicker bars but then you will have less bars.