Breakfast Bars

There are a lot of people making ‘healthy’ snack bars at the moment which is great, I’m all for anything healthy, however we must remember all these sugar and fat alternatives are still forms of sugar and fat (coconut oil is still FAT, raisins are fruit SUGAR etc…)

Instead of thinking we can eat as much as we like if it is made from all natural, non-processed ingredients and laden with fruit, therefore good for us, we should be thinking these snacks are better for us than the alternatives and like all food, should still be eaten in moderation.
Rant over.

Bake these and enjoy. Just in moderation.

Breakfast bites

200g oats
100g spelt flour
4 ripe / overripe bananas
50g pitted dates
2tbsp desiccated coconut
2tbsp raisins/currants/sultanas/cranberries/etc
3tbsp honey (or maple syrup if vegan)
100g coconut sugar
75g coconut oil, melted and cooled
75g coconut yogurt
200g rozen raspberries
2tsp baking powder
1tbsp poppy seeds

First-up, pre-heat your oven to 150* and line a swiss roll tin with baking parchment.

Then roughly whizz the oats in a food processor until they resemble a coarse flour. Pop them aside in a large mixing bowl and add the spelt flour and baking powder.

Next, pop the bananas, dates, coconut oil and yogurt in the food processor and blitz until it forms a kind of paste. Add this to the mixing bowl along with the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly until fully combined.

Spread the mixture evenly in the baking tin and pop in the oven for approx 45-50 minutes. You’ll know it’s cooked when poked with a skewer and it comes out clean.

Leave it to cool fully on a cooling rack before cutting into cubes.

The cubes will keep for around 4-5 days in an airtight container and I actually think taste even better when a day or two old, but they also freeze and defrost well so make a big batch and remove from the freezer an hour before you want to eat them.

I seldom manage to freeze any as Boy A, Boy O AND Daddy demolish them within a day or two. Boy O in particular, who when allowed likes two for a mid-morning snack; not bad after a breakfast comprising two ‘wheat biscuits’, some multigrain hoops and half a bagel with all-nut peanut butter. I’ve no idea where he puts it all.

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