I am the type of gal who constantly needs to have a supply of snacks nearby otherwise I turn into the definition of “Hangry”! Being health conscious (most of the time!), I like to have healthy snacks to hand but sometimes a good ole banana or a handful of a nut/seed mix mid-morning or afternoon just doesn’t cut it.

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Always on the lookout for fresh ideas and recipes, I was super excited when I came across this super-duper easy to make healthy recipe from The Happy Pear. Seriously, they are so simple to make and I have found them so fantastic that I wanted to share the recipe with you guys and here it is:

Ingredients:

50g almonds

50g cashew nuts

30g sunflower seeds

100g dried fruit (they use figs and unsulphured apricots – we use pitted dates)

20g goji berries

30g desiccated coconut

40g pumpkin seeds

1/4 tsp fine rock or sea salt

4 tablespoons coconut oil

60ml honey (or brown rice syrup if you want to make them vegan friendly)

3 tablespoons 100% all-natural almond butter (we vary between peanut butter or the almond butter)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

 

Instructions:

Put the almonds, cashews and sunflower seeds into a food processor and blitz until finely chopped. Cut the dried fruit into small pieces. Put the nut/seed mix and dried fruit into a mixing bowl. Add the goji berries, desiccated coconut and pumpkin seeds and mix well. Add the salt.

Melt the coconut oil (either in a bowl over a pan of simmering water or I just put the jar in hot water to melt). Once melted, add the honey, almond butter and vanilla extract in a separate bowl/jug.  Combine well using a fork or small whisk.

Pour the wet ingredients on top of the dry ingredients & mix well. Press the mixture into a 15-20 cm square tray lined with baking parchment, pop into the fridge to set for 4 hours and slice! Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up t0 ten days or freeze for up to one month.

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So there you go, it couldn’t be easier so get prepping over the weekend for the week ahead, it is so worth it when those “hanger” pangs kick in! 😀

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Without being biased, this really is one of the nicest granola’s I have ever tasted. Devised by my own talented momma, it has all the goodness and nutrition you need to get your day off to the best start and once you have your ingredients stocked up, you should get another batch out of them after, making it very economical and cost effective!

Ingredients:

400g jumbo oatflakes

200g mixed chopped nuts (Walnuts, hazelnuts, cashews)

200g pitted dates, chopped

100ml cold water

3tbsps extra virgin olive oil

2 dessert spoons honey

Method:

Preheat oven to 180°C

Place jumbo oatflakes and mixed chopped nuts in large mixing bowl. Place chopped pitted dates in a small saucepan with the water. Place on a medium heat and cook gently for 3 minutes until the dates have absorbed most of the water and plumped up. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Place in a food processor and blitz to a smooth puree.

Add the honey and olive oil to the date puree. Pour over the oats and nuts mixture and mix thoroughly to ensure all oats are coated. Spread out evenly on a baking tray, place in a pre-heated oven and bake for approx. 20 minutes until nicely browned.

Stir once or twice during baking to ensure it is evenly baked. Allow to cool in the baking tray, then store in a glass Kilner jar.

Note: For smaller ovens the granola will have to be baked in two batches.

For a super healthy breakfast enjoy with:

Greek yoghurt & fruit, OR

Add a small handful of oats to your bowl, add a little bit of water and allow them to soak overnight (this allows the release of the good enzymes which means you won’t feel bloated) In the morning, take your soaked oats and sprinkle with a dash or cinnamon or ginger, cover with a few spoons of granola and top with fruit (I find a small red apple or a banana works best). For milk, we use rice milk or oat milk (only a drop is needed) as I try to have a dairy free diet as much as possible. I personally don’t like normal milk in it anyway but that’s ones own personal choice!! 🙂