Category Archives: Baking

Chocolate Granola Baked Apples

Granola is one of those foods that I could easily eat quite a lot of, though I tend to not eat it as a cereal but add it to dishes. I love the crunchiness and the variety it gives to transform your simple fruit and yoghurt into something more exciting. However granola is usually high in sugars and the amount of fruit, nuts and seeds is surprisingly low. If you have the time you could of course make your own, but you have to watch it carefully when it bakes. With my current tribe of small people I would be sure to burn it! 

So I was most delighted to be sent a pack of granola to try out, especially when it was chocolate granola. Such a hard life. 

Lizi’s granola is something I’ve recommended to some clients in the past due to it’s low sugar content and low glycaemic load (GL). The GL is a measure of how much a portion of a food affects your blood sugars. The GL for this granola is 6.6 for a 50g serving. Generally a low GL foods is one under 10 and you want to keep your GL to under 100 per day. So this granola is definitely a good option if you want a not too sweet, crunchy hit with a chocolately taste. It uses dark chocolate (which I love), some may say there is the added benefit of polyphenols and antioxidants but at only 5% dark belgium chocolate you won’t be getting much per 50g serving.

Here is how we enjoyed the granola – baked apples with chocolate granola. Instantly renamed big gruffalo crumble by the toddler boy. He calls any fruit crumble a gruffalo crumble, completely my fault for starting that one. 

“Now my tummy’s beginning to rumble, my favourite food is gruffalo crumble”

Chocolate Granola Baked Apples
Serves 4
A quick, simple dessert that is great to perk up your midweek meals.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
166 calories
32 g
8 g
5 g
2 g
2 g
196 g
4 g
22 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
196g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 166
Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 2g
11%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 8mg
3%
Sodium 4mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 32g
11%
Dietary Fiber 5g
21%
Sugars 22g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
4%
Vitamin C
14%
Calcium
2%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 4 apples
  2. 4 tsp raisins
  3. 4 tbsp granola
  4. 1 tbsp butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5
  2. Cut the apples in half and cut out the core, this will leave a hole you can now fill.
  3. Fill the apples with the raisins, dot with a little butter and press the granola over the top.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Serve with Greek yoghurt if wanted.
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calories
166
fat
5g
protein
2g
carbs
32g
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 Disclaimer: This granola was sent to me to review, this is not a dietetic endorsment but simply my own views on it. 

 

 

Carrot and Parsnip Cake

I’ve had a hankering for carrot cake for a few weeks after a conversation on social media about a bumper crop of carrots leading to recipes for carrot cake being posted. So when carrots were on offer and hubby came back with 3 bags of them plus 2 bags of parsnips it was suddenly my opportunity. Seriously, there are only so many things you can do with parsnips, so I thought why not try them in a cake. In that moment it felt like probable madness, however actually, you know what? The parsnips add a real kick to this cake. A warm earthiness and nuttiness that really adds to the sweetness of the carrots.

My main critic will always be my husband. He isn’t fobbed off as easily as the children, he has a sweet tooth and isn’t pulled in by any of the latest health trends or superfoods. So I tried him on one. He gave me the “what is it” quizzical expression which I interpret as “What the heck is the crazy woman now trying to give me”. To be fair, you can’t blame him, I am experimental in my approach and a fair few of these experiments just don’t work out. Upon trying it his response was “Actually that’s not bad”. Now for hubby that is a compliment. He isn’t overflowing with expression and excitement like me, thankfully or our house would be even more crazy! So this “Not bad” really meant “I wasn’t expecting it to taste nice but it is pretty good and I like it”. He agreed it was actually the parsnip that made it.

This cake is moist, light and a little to easy to eat. With 250g vegetables in it, it may feel pretty nutritious but you would have to eat a lot of cake to get a portion of veggie in! Having said that these will contain some vitamin A, some calcium and iron, so as cake goes, it is a good option. 

 

Carrot and Parsnip Cake
Yields 24
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121 calories
13 g
23 g
7 g
2 g
1 g
38 g
173 g
3 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
38g
Yields
24
Amount Per Serving
Calories 121
Calories from Fat 59
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
10%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 23mg
8%
Sodium 173mg
7%
Total Carbohydrates 13g
4%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 3g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
22%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
5%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 150ml Rapeseed Oil
  2. 60g Brown Sugar
  3. 3 Eggs
  4. 150g Carrots (2 large)
  5. 100g Parsnips (1 large)
  6. 300g Doves Farm Self Raising Flour
  7. 1 tsp Mixed Spice
  8. 1 tsp Cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Peel and grate the carrots and parsnip.
  2. Mix the oil and sugar together. Add the eggs and mix.
  3. Next add the grated vegetables and slowly add the flour and spices in.
  4. Pour into a greased and lined loaf tin.
  5. Bake at Gas Mark 5 for 30-40 minutes.
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calories
121
fat
7g
protein
2g
carbs
13g
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Pear Rock Cakes, no added sugar.

It’s been a week of pretty awful sleep. That saying about “They saved the best till last” is not true when it comes to sleeping babies. The third baby is the worse sleeper! However she also gives the best cuddles and is super cute with it, so I can’t be cross with her.

When I don’t sleep well I tend to :

  1. Walk around in a bit of a brain fog, yet still be functional for work – how does that happen?
  2. Want to poke out the eyes of anyone who has a baby that sleeps through the night.
  3. Loose some of my words. My 6 year old is good at finding them for me. “I’m just making…..ummm, ummm” “Breakfast Mummy?” “Yes, that’s the one”. 
  4. Get creating in the kitchen. I’ve no idea how but cooking and baking helps restore my sanity.

So on a cold, fuzzy headed Sunday afternoon I was flicking through my recipe notebook and stumbled upon rockcakes. Rockcakes seem to be one of those recipes that people make in school or when they are learning to bake. I think they need a come-back. Super easy to make, which means the children can help, there is little that you can go wrong with and you are left with a mountain of tasty snacks for your week.

I’ve adapted the usual rock cake recipe by adding in fruit and upon tasty the mix I decided it was sweet enough for our palates. Try a bit of it before you add in the eggs and see what you think as you can always add in a little sugar to taste. Doing it this way will hopefully mean you don’t go OTT on the sugar content.

My kids were happy bunnies and rewarded me by playing nicely with minimal arguments all afternoon. I love the subtle pear hint in these. Perfect for tbe after school munchies, which happens to co-incide with my cuppa and snack time 🙂 

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Pear Rock Cakes
Yields 20
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
116 calories
17 g
29 g
5 g
2 g
3 g
45 g
9 g
5 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
45g
Yields
20
Amount Per Serving
Calories 116
Calories from Fat 41
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
7%
Saturated Fat 3g
14%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 29mg
10%
Sodium 9mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 17g
6%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 5g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
3%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 100g butter at room temperature
  2. 250g flour (I used Doves Farm Plain Gluten Free Blend)
  3. 2 tsp baking powder
  4. 1 tsp mixed spice
  5. 1 soft large pear, peeled and chopped
  6. 1 soft ripe banana, mashed
  7. 100g raisins
  8. 2 eggs
Instructions
  1. Rub the butter into the flour.
  2. Now add the baking power and spice.
  3. Add in the wet fruit. the pear should break down easily if you are using a stand mixer or food processor.
  4. Now mix the raisins in gently.
  5. Add in the eggs, one at a time.
  6. Taste and add sugar if needed, I found it wasn't necessary.
  7. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5, line and grease a baking tray.
  8. You should end up with a soft dough.
  9. Take dessert spoons of the mixture and gently shape into rounds.
  10. Place onto a greased, lined baking tray.
  11. Bake for 15-20 minutes until they are lightly browned on the top.
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calories
116
fat
5g
protein
2g
carbs
17g
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Easy Peasy Star Biscuits

So when your toddler asks to make star biscuits, you can’t really say No. I’m not a fan of my kids having too much sugar so we always are on the look out for ways to reduce the sugar content of our baking, here we have used just a little apple juice and it worked well. A plain biscuit but you could add spices to it and make it your own. The plain biscuits are good for weaning too.

I used a greek yoghurt topping so the kids could decorate their biscuits which they loved. You need to only decorate the ones you aret going to eat there and then. Store the rest in a tin and the topping in the fridge. The decorating was a good after school activity and make your own snack session.

 

Easy Peasy Star Bicuits
Yields 20
Simple, low sugar star biscuits that you can add spices to and make your own.
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67 calories
8 g
1 g
3 g
1 g
1 g
19 g
4 g
0 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
19g
Yields
20
Amount Per Serving
Calories 67
Calories from Fat 30
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
5%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 1mg
0%
Sodium 4mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 8g
3%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 0g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
1%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 100g wholemeal or rye flour
  2. 100g plain white flour
  3. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  4. 75g margarine
  5. 75ml apple juice
Topping
  1. 1 tbsp Greek yoghurt and 1 tbsp cream cheese mixed with a dask of milk
  2. sunflower seeds
  3. chopped dried fruit
Instructions
  1. Weigh out the flour and baking powder.
  2. Rub the butter into the flour and baking powder mix.
  3. Add the apple juice and mix to a dough.
  4. Roll out on a floured surface.
  5. Cut and put onto a greased and lined baking tray.
  6. Bake at Gas Mark 4 for 15 minutes.
  7. Eat as they are or top with the Greek yoghurt mix.
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67
fat
3g
protein
1g
carbs
8g
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Healthy Oaty Cookies

My kids love to get involved in the cooking. Usually they see my cooking, draw up a stool and join in. Yesterday we had a rare afternoon at home. The summer has been full on outdoor fun, so being torrential rain the kids came up with a plan “Mummy lets make biscuits”. Normally I would be pretty up for this plan, but yesterday, unusually,  I was feeling the lure of the sofa… However, I am a huge believer in getting children cooking young and as they had intiated it this time, I really couldn’t refuse. A quick flick through some reciipes for inspiration and we decided on adapting a River Cottage recipe. 

This was a total cop-out on my behalf as it was so quick to make so I still got some sofa time, curled up with a freshly baked cookie and a cuppa. Extra bonus is our snack tin is topped up for at least a day (these dollops of goodness are going fast).

I adapted the recipe using prunes to sweeten, a banana to replace some peanut butter and omitting the raisins on request. It ended up being a great way to use up the claggy bit of peanut butter at the end of the pot. 

Happy kids, freshly healthy cookies, a huge train track and mummy got 15 minutes of peace, which is what weekends are all about. 

 

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Healthy Oaty Cookies
Yields 12
Super fast, healthy, squidgy cookie recipe.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
132 calories
15 g
14 g
7 g
5 g
1 g
39 g
93 g
2 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
39g
Yields
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 132
Calories from Fat 59
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
11%
Saturated Fat 1g
6%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 14mg
5%
Sodium 93mg
4%
Total Carbohydrates 15g
5%
Dietary Fiber 2g
7%
Sugars 2g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
2%
Iron
5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 150g peanut butter
  2. 100g prunes, finely chopped
  3. 1 medium ripe/over-ripe banana
  4. 1 medium egg
  5. 50g oats
  6. 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 3.
  2. Measure out the peanut butter.
  3. Chop the prunes finely and break the banana into chunks.
  4. Mix together, then add the egg and mix.
  5. Now add the oats and bicarb and mix.
  6. The mixture will be very sticky, place spoonfuls onto a greased baking tray.
  7. Flatten slightly with the top of a spoon.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
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calories
132
fat
7g
protein
5g
carbs
15g
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Why you should cook with your kids

I’ve been baking with my kids since my eldest was 18 months. With one child it is messy, with more than one it is carnage. It takes 4 times as long, involves multiple conversations, explanations and shouts of “no, not yet”, there is a kitchen to clear up and children too… however I am convinced it is something we should all be doing.

Why? Here are my top reasons.

  1. It teaches children about measuring, volume, pouring, hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. Jobs like rolling pastry, cutting out shapes, measuring the flour, stirring and pouring in milk are all good to try.

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  1. They learn about safety in the kitchen. My 5 years old has her own knife and know how to safely chop the vegetables and how to carry sharp knifes. Learning about the oven, the hob and even the big kitchen appliances can be interesting to small ones and teaches them how to be safe in the kitchen.
  2. Children may find it less intimidating and stressful to try out new foods whilst you are preparing them or after they have cooked them. My boy went through a tricky stage with vegetables, then I discovered he would eat lots when helping cut them up for the dinner. So every night he helped prepare the veggies with me! 
  3. It gives them a sense of achievement and success. My kids always look full of happiness and pride when I remind them they helped cook a meal.

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  1. Cooking seems to be a dying out skill. It isn’t really taught at school so the only way your children will learn is at home. I come across a lot of people who don’t know how to cook, or have no confidence in the kitchen. Letting your children learn whilst at home teaches them a valuable skill for life.
  2. It is a chance to talk about healthy eating and role model healthy lifestyles to your small ones. We look at different foods, talk about how they are made/where they come from and look at how they look inside, how they cook and different ways to use them. For ages my boy thought Peppa Pig was related to an actual pepper 😉 Watch out though as age 3 my girl was proudly able to tell people when they ate bacon that it had come from a  pig and told the pigs at the farm they made tasty sausages! 
  3. You can use cooking as a whole education. Colours, shapes, counting can all be part of the process! 
  4. In our family, it can be that all important catch up time, where we chat and hang out. 

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  1. It occupies them! I have a girl with a very active mind, she needs activities to do, so she cooks with me.
  2. Hopefully, they will be able to cook you dinner when old enough!! I cannot wait for this!

So if you don’t cook with your children, I hope I have given you some reasons why you should 🙂

Courgette and Stilton Pinwheels

These little beauties are something that I always like to have a ready supply of in the freezer. They make an easy lunch and are great to take out and about. We are in that stage where the toddler boy likes to eat lunch early which is usually when we are out and about, so lots of packed lunches are needed. Seeing as he isn’t keen on sandwiches I have to be slightly more inventive. Savoury muffins, savoury flapjack and pinwheels all go down well. 

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Courgettes are one of those vegetables that I love because you can add them into recipes without them being hugely noticeable. Grated courgette goes into a lot of things I make! Not don’t get me wrong, I’m not into hiding vegetables but I do like to add extra veggies to dishes when I can. My boy isn’t that keen on eating vegetables on their own so they need to be mixed into dishes. You could use any combo of toppings in these, be inspired by your fridge!

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You could use pastry to make these, however I prefer pizza dough. I tend to make a large batch of the dough in the bread machine, make pizza with half and then make these with the rest. Knock them up, bake and freeze in a freezer bag. They defrost pretty quick for an easy, healthy lunch.

Here they are before baking…..

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Courgette and Stilton Pinwheels
Yields 8
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Cook Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
141 calories
21 g
4 g
4 g
5 g
1 g
70 g
94 g
0 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
70g
Yields
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 141
Calories from Fat 35
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
6%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 4mg
1%
Sodium 94mg
4%
Total Carbohydrates 21g
7%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 0g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
4%
Calcium
1%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. Pizza Dough Recipe (I make double and make a large pizza with the other half of the dough)
  2. 140ml water
  3. 75g wholemeal bread flour
  4. 150g white bread flour
  5. 1 tbsp olive oil
  6. 1/2 tsp yeast
Topping
  1. 1 tbsp tomato puree
  2. 2 tsp red pesto
  3. 1/2 courgette grated
  4. 50g grated stilton
  5. 2 slices ham sliced (optional)
Instructions
  1. Make up the pizza dough, you could mix by hand and leave to rise or make in a bread machine.
  2. Roll it out on a floured surface, to a rectangle.
  3. Spread the tomatoe puree and pesto on the top.
  4. Cover with the courgette, stilton and ham.
  5. Roll it up longways (see picture) and slice into 2 inch pieces, it should make about 8-9.
  6. Grease and flour a baking tray, pre-bake the oven to Gas Mark 5.
  7. Turn each piece so the filling can be seen from the top (see picture).
  8. Place into the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
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calories
141
fat
4g
protein
5g
carbs
21g
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Cocao Power Balls

You know those moments when you have a craving for chocolate? For me it is usually mid afternoon, that lull part of the day. Or just before teaching a class, when I need a pick-me-up and energy boost. So I created these beauties to help me, as I’m kind I thought I would share 😉 Now who wants one?

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Note: these are delicious and easy to make, but you do get messy hands!

Packed with nuts and dried fruit I find these great to grab 1 of as I’m on my way to teach a class. My children like them as part of their pudding calling them “chocolate balls”.

Miss K: “Mummy can I have more of those chocolate balls? I wasn’t sure about them on first bite but they are scrummy”

Shall I tell her they don’t actually have chocolate in them?

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Cocao Power Balls
Yields 8
A power packed healthy treat with that chocolatey hit.
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
119 calories
17 g
0 g
5 g
3 g
1 g
31 g
1 g
8 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
31g
Yields
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 119
Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 1g
4%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 1mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 17g
6%
Dietary Fiber 2g
10%
Sugars 8g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
2%
Iron
5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 100g dates
  2. 75g nuts
  3. 60g oats
  4. 2 tsp cocao powder
  5. 1 tbsp water
Instructions
  1. Blitz the nuts in a coffee grinder or chop them into small pieces with a sharp knife. I use the nuts and seeds grinder on my Kenwood Chef. I used a mixed of walnuts, hazelnuts and cashews.
  2. Remove the nuts and place in a bowl.
  3. Now blitz up or finely chop the dates, add a splash of water if needed to help as they are sticky!
  4. Add to the nuts and mix in the cocao and a little water if needed to help it all bind. You can pop it in a stand mixer at this point and save your arms.
  5. Roll into small balls and you are done!
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119
fat
5g
protein
3g
carbs
17g
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Banana Oaty Bars

 Mini-Disaster in our house usually means…. there is no flapjack left, we are out of milk, Miss K cannot find a very important item (insert “really not important in the grand scheme of life but a calamity to her”), or a section of the train track has come apart. I quite love the fact that these really are regular disasters in the eyes of my small ones. How simple life can be!

Today’s disaster led to a distraught 2 year old.

 1. The flapjack tin was empty

2. There were not enough oats to make more.

Super Mummy to the rescue. I rarely make the same recipe twice anyway 😉

So I adapted my semi-famous banana and sultana flapjack recipe by adding flour. It comes out less of a flapjack and more of an oat bar. Dense, oaty and firm – no crumbly texture here. A really good option to have with a cuppa, for lunch boxes or to feed a snacking child. They are sweet but not too sweet, if you know what I mean. The oats provide that wholegrain goodness, the banana and sultanas pack in the fruit and there is just a hint of honey and butter to bind it all.

It’s falls into that territory of “Is it a flapjack? Is is a cake? It is a bar?”

You know what? I can’t decide but all that really matters is it is healthy and yummy!

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Banana Oat Bars (wheat free, gluten free)
Yields 12
Quick, easy oat bar recipe that is healthy and great for hungry children.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
118 calories
19 g
9 g
4 g
2 g
2 g
43 g
1 g
5 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
43g
Yields
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 118
Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
6%
Saturated Fat 2g
11%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 9mg
3%
Sodium 1mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 19g
6%
Dietary Fiber 1g
6%
Sugars 5g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
1%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 100g oats (gluten free if needed)
  2. 100g plain flour (I used a gluten free blend)
  3. 100g sultanas
  4. 1 mashed banana
  5. 2 tbsp honey
  6. 50g butter
Instructions
  1. Mix the dry ingredients together, by hand or in a food processor/stand mixer.
  2. Melt the honey and butter together in a bowl and then add along with the banana.
  3. Mix well, I left this for a few minutes in my stand mixer.
  4. Press into a lined, greased baking tray, cover the top with foil for half of the cooking time to stop the sultanas getting burnt.
  5. Bake at Gas Mark 5 for 20-30 minutes.
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calories
118
fat
4g
protein
2g
carbs
19g
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Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas.

I love Christmas. In fact I love the run up to Christmas, Christmas itself and that bit between Christmas and New Year. The different spices, the recipes, the baking, the sparkle, the crafting, the lights, the gift wrapping, the excited children and the baby Jesus who for us is at the centre of it all.

Having a 5 year old is making things even more exciting this year as she is old enough to really get involved in making, baking and crafting. Plus, she shares my excitement and love of sparkles. 

We always make some homemade gifts, I always think this is more what Christmas is about – the thought and time that goes into a gift, plus it helps with the pennies!

This year, so far we have made:

Gingerbread. Simple to make the dough. I then rolled it out for Miss K and she used the cutters. My 2 year old boy preferred the rolling to cutting so he had his own bit of dough to play with. These were then decorated with icing and many sprinkles. We will be wrapping these in cellophane bags and attaching a homemade gifttag.

Gingerbread3

Gingerbread2

Decoupage decorations. These only cost £1 each in Hobbycraft and gave my girl a lot of joy. I collect tissue paper from presents, party hats etc… and she then tore this up and used watered down PVA glue and a a painbrush to apply the paper to the decoration. The whole process was done in 3 sessions, so we definitely got good value out of this activity.

Christmas gift tags. I picked up some Christmas sellotape and it was a huge hit. We cut out card and used the sellotape to create a border around the edges, add some glitter, write on a name and there is an easy gift tag!

Pottery handprint coasters. We didn’t do this one at home but it is something I would certainly love to move of. These beauties are really for me, in fact I plan for them to end up in my stocking 😉 They cost us £4 -£5 each to make. The only downside was the huge tantrum my girlie threw whilst there. It happens to us all.

Pottery handprints

Colour your own cards. These were sent by granny and have taken Miss K about 20 minutes per card. She has taken a lot of care and love over them. We certainly won’t have enough for all her friends, but it’s been a great activity she can do my herself.

Homemade felt boards. This is something I have made myself for my boy. I initially made a felt nativity scene, so we have a piece to add to the scene each day. Having had to make a large felt board for this and having some felt leftover I decided to make some transport felt shapes for the J boy to use after we pack away the Christmas bits. So simple and yet hopefully hours of play fun.

Dietitan UK: Felt trains

So although the homemade approach is going to mean a whole lot of mess, glitter everywhere for weeks, house in a state and sticky fingers everywhere…. for me it is all part of the festive fun and it creates some lovely memories.