Oat and banana breakfast bars 

These are great to make as part of Sunday meal prep and a nutrient packed grab and go breakfast! 

Ingriedents:

1 cup porridge oats

1 banana 

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp nut butter

1 tbsp honey 

1 tbsp ground flaxseeds (optional)

1 tbsp cacoa powder (optional)

Handful each of:

Pumpkin seeds

Coconut chips 

Flaked almonds

Roughly chopped walnuts (or any other nuts of your choice)

Fresh blueberries (optional)

Method:
Turn the oven on to 200c and line a small baking dish with baking paper.

Mash the banana in a bowl and mix in all of the dry ingredients.

On a low heat warm up the nut butter and honey in a sauce pan until they are mixed together. Pour this into the banana mixture and mix until all combined.

Spoon the mixture into the baking tray, you will need to press down the mixture with the back of the spatula to compact it.

Cook in the oven on the middle shelf for around 20 minutes or until it starts to brown at the edges.

Once ready, remove from the oven and let it cool before cutting into either 6 squares or 3 bars depending on how much you will want. 

They will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week. Eat them plain on the go or have them with a big dollop of nut butter 👌🏽

The great thing about this recipe is that you can add as many or as little ingredients as you like! Use more seeds, less nuts, more fruit, add dried fruit or even some chocolate chips! Give it a go! 

Easy homemade granola 

I love granola for breakfast but when buying them from the shop they contain so many extra ingredients which aren’t really necessary and it’s so simple to make it at home! I use the following as the base to all my granola creations:

Ingredients:

3 cups Scottish rolled oats

1/2 cup organic honey (I use Hilltop raw honey) or for vegan alternative use 1/4 maple syrup and 1/4 coconut sugar

1 tbsp coconut oil

The rest is up to you and you can be as creative as you wish! For this batch I added

1 tsp of ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground cloves

1/2 tsp ground ginger

Handful of nuts – I usually go for whole almonds, pecans or hazelnuts

Handful of slivered almonds

Handful of pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup desiccated coconut or coconut flakes

Pinch of salt

For chocolate granola add cacao powder to the dry mix and dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs when the granola has completely cooled

Method:

Turn the oven on to 180 degrees to warm.

Mix all the dry ingredients together and warm the coconut oil and honey (or maple syrup and coconut sugar) together in a saucepan. Once combined add and the coconut oil and melted add it to the dry mixture and mix well so it is all coated.


Place evenly on a baking tray lined with baking paper and place in the oven on the middle shelf. Let roast for around 15-20 minutes checking regularly. If you want clusters do not mix it, however if you like it slightly loose then mix it regularly. It can burn quickly so make sure you don’t go too far!

Once browned remove and let cool completely. For clusters, wait till it’s completely cooled and the break it up into bite sized pieces and store in an air tight container. It can last up to 2-3 weeks but in my house it barely lasts a week!!!

Serve on yogurt, or chia pudding with fruit, on top of toast with nut butter or just munch on it when you go in the kitchen!! 🙈