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Oat & Banana Energy Granola Bars!

Delicious Energy Packed Vegan Snacks!

 

Stop the press...... these just happened!

I am currently fighting my way through the last few weeks of my degree which is not only terrifying as I will have to learn how to be an actual adult but is eating away into all MY eating time.

I have managed to stay healthy for the past two years whilst studying but even this final push is testing me, with serious chocolate cravings and finding myself justifying eating an entire weeks worth of food in one day is okay....

So after reaching for the biscuit barrel one to many times this week I decided enough is enough! So I set my alarm for 6am and made the time to make healthy snacks! Find the full recipe here

 

 

It's really easy to focus on calories and sugar intake and every other 100000 things we think about when trying to eat 'healthy' so even though these granola bars are full of nuts, dried berries and dates they are still packed with all the RIGHT kind of ingredients. 

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Breakdown of Ingredients

By using dried blueberries and goji berries instead of other dried fruits, you're getting an extra boost of superfood goodness! Foods such as oats, chia seeds, goji berries and blueberries are all packed with fabulous things such as omega oils, energy and antioxidants.

By adding small amounts of nuts, seeds and dates there is a good balance of natural sugar, and slow releasing energy to help keep you snacking for the rest of the afternoon. I find when I eat sugary snacks I crave more sugar just half an hour later, but by adding the wholesome slow energy releasing foods keeps those cravings at bay. 

Even though these have peanut butter in, don't panic yet! You can easily replace this with almond butter or cashew. However using an organic brand such as Meridian, that doesn't have any palm oil is a great option as it keeps the nasty additives out.

 

I add maple syrup however this is still full of sugar (even though it may be natural it still gives your blood sugars a spike, resulting in a crash a few hours later.) So if like me you are happy without it being oversewed simply leave the maple syrup out. If you are making these for kiddies and trying to lure them off all things sweet, these are a great stepping stone, which you can then reduce the amount of sugar you add!

 

 

Ingredients

Dry

  • 1 1/2 Cups Oats (For this recipe I used Mornflake's Jumbo Oats)
  • 1/3 Cup Dried Berries (I use a mix of blueberries and goji)
  • 1/4 Cup Raisins
  • 1/3 cup Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1/4 Linseed
  • 1/4 Cup Walnuts (any other nuts will do!)
  • 3 tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger

Wet

  • 2 Really Ripe Bananas (the softer the better)
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup 
  • 2 tbsp Peanut Butter (Try and find a nut butter that doesn't have palm oil if possible)
  • 3 Medjool Dates

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 160˚C and line a baking tray with either coconut oil or baking paper
  • Simply measure out the dry ingredients and add to a medium size mixing bowl
  • In a blender or food processor add the wet ingredients (basically everything that's sticky) until the dates break down and a gorgeous binding mix is formed
  • Combine the wet and dry ingredients and give a good stir. If you want to add anything else to get creative then feel free! This really is a 'throw anything in' kind of recipe. I sometimes mix it up with different dried berries or different nuts depending on what I have in my cupboards that week.
  • Fill the baking tray with the mix and spread out evenly then place in the oven for 12 minutes
  • After 12 minutes, take the tray out of the oven and score roughly to allow an easy break once fully cooked then place back in the oven for a further 10 minutes (be sure to keep an eye on them as these can catch easily) 
  • These will only last a few days due to using bananas however mine never last that long as once they come out the oven they smell amazing!
Recipe

Energy Boosting Overnight Oats

I once lived on breakfast cereals, being addicted to the sugar rush in the morning, and turning to it as a quick meal to get that 4pm fix. But gone are the days of processed foods after finding delicious and nutritious meals that not only please my sweet tooth but keep me going all morning!

Overnight oats are by far the easiest breakfast to make, all it takes is five minutes the night before, and a few seconds to sprinkle on fresh fruit in the morning. 

For all of the recipes, each one includes :

Portion: 1

Vegan, Dairy Free, Vegetarian

1/2 cup of Oats

1 Cup of Almond Milk

1 tsp Cinnamon

1tbsp Chia Seeds

Raspberry Oats Topped With Seeds & Pomegranate Seeds

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For this bowl, I mashed 4 raspberries with the back of a fork then added the oats and milk & other ingredients to give a lovely pink and tart oats make the base. In the morning, I added fresh blueberries, more chia seeds, pumpkin seeds & pomegranate seeds. Add a drizzle of maple syrup to compliment the tartness of the raspberries if you have a sweet tooth.

Matcha Oats With Matcha Granola & Edible Flowers

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Edible Flowers are a great investment, given they offer no nutritional value, who can deny they are just pretty to look at!

For this bowl, I added 1 heaped tsp of matcha powder to give it this fabulously bright green colour. Not only does it look pretty but it has 137x more antioxidants then a cup of green tea!

 

Raspberry & Cacao Oats With Matcha Granola & Strawberries

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For Mornings where I'm really craving something sweet, I add fruit like strawberries, even though they are naturally high in sugar, it is far better then caving in to a bowl of coco pops....

For the oats, I mash up four raspberries and add 2 tsp of raw cacao. In the morning I add small chunks of 85% chocolate & pomegranate seeds for crunch, with the contrast to the sweet fresh strawberries.

Find the recipe for the matcha granola here.

Cinnamon Toasted Banana With Pumpkin Seeds & Dried Raspberries

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If you like bananas, then this is a definite must! Toasting the banana in cinnamon, creates this intense flavour that not only gives you a sweet hit, but will give you energy throughout your morning!

Raspberries are delicious, however they go off very quickly, so I would recommend investing in dried raspberries. Not only do they look beautiful but give you a tang of the raspberry flavour, which compliments the banana really well!

I always add an extra tsp of cinnamon to the oats with this recipe, because cinnamon is such a fantastic way of natural sweetener. 

Grated Apple & Cinnamon Oats With Blueberry Compote 

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Blueberries are a fantastic superfood, packed with antioxidants, they are really great to add to your diet. 

When heated, these make a delicious compote to add in the morning, to really give these oats a makeover.

All I do is heat 1/2 cup of blueberries in a pan with 1/2 tsp of coconut oil.