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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!

Dietitian UK: Banana Oaty Bars

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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“Mummy I’m Huuuungry”: Surviving the summer snacks with 2 under 5

Summer holidays have hit us. We’ve got 8 weeks of fun as Miss K has now “graduated” from pre-school, yes you now graduate – seriously what is that about?! So in September she starts “big-school” and I will be an emotional wreck for a moment, she is so ready to go that I really can’t be sad about it.

Most of me loves the summer holidays. I love having my kids around, it’s a great excuse to see people we can’t always meet up with, go to different places and have more relaxed times together. Tonight I spent a good 30 minutes extra just reading stories and cuddling Miss K as she didn’t need to be on a strict bedtime and I’ve no Pilates classes to teach. So. Very. Precious.

One of the things that does grate with me is the constant whine of “Mummy I’m hungry”. I cannot tell you how many times a day I hear that one. Especially after a more active than usual day. So this summer I am determined to stay on top of it with a supply of healthy snacks and crafty ideas up my sleeve. Hopefully it will keep us out of the biscuit tin. Although there are also always days you just need a biscuit.

5 Storecupboard Snacks:

1. Nuts and dried fruit. Miss K favours almonds and dried apricots. The J boy prefers walnuts and prunes. Seeing as I didn’t like those types of nuts until I was 30 (yes I am that old), I really didn’t think they would… but they do. So don’t judge what you think they will like/dislike too soon. 

Dietitian UK: Why almonds are so good for you

2. Breadsticks with cream cheese and grapes. My kids love a dip. The whole process of dipping actually keeps them quiet for a bit too!

3. Trail mix – a mixture of all the forms of dried cereal in the cupboard with some raisins. Really good on a car journey as it takes time to eat, however you may end up with cornflakes in the car seat. 

4. Peanut butter and banana on rice cakes/toast. Filling, healthy and quick. 

5. “No Junk” cereal bars with some fruit. Often my emergency snack that I keep in the change bag or pull out at home when the flapjack tin is empty (a disaster in my book, the flapjack tin must ALWAYS have flapjack in).

5 Easy Bake Healthy Treats:

1. Banana Flapjack. I’ve been making this since I was breastfeeding Miss K. It’s a staple in our house and I know many others who swear by it too.

2. Peanut Butter Cookies. Now even my husband who doesn’t like peanut butter will eat one of these. Plus the kids can make them with you.

3. Thick American style Pancakes. Make up a stack of these and freeze them. You can defrost them in the toaster or get a few out at a time ready for snack-attack. Serve with a dollop of yoghurt and fruit.

Face pancake

4. Courgette biscuits. I love these in the summer as we usually have a glut of courgettes to use up and it means the kids are eating more veggies.

5. Scones. Super quick to make and you can add fruit of veggies to them. We like broccoli scones or blackberry ones.

Dietitian UK:  Blackberry Scones

5 Freezer Snacks:

1. Ice-Lollies – I’ve invested in a pile of moulds. Personally I love the silicone ones best. However Miss K really likes the ones with the sippy spout on them too. I don’t ever get round to making these with fruit, so ours are just diluted squash. 

2. Frozen Fruit – either buy a bag of frozen fruit or freeze what you have. Frozen grapes, berries, banana chunks, pineapple, melon and plums all work well. Or coat in yoghurt and freeze for an extra treat.

Dietitian UK: Yoghurt Covered Frozen Fruit 1

3. Frozen Yoghurt. Oh my days I love a bit of frozen yoghurt. I sometimes make my own, or I completely cheat. If you pull the lid off a kids yoghurt, pop a spoon in and freeze, you can them cut off the yoghurt pot and hand them a frozen yoghurt to eat with the spoon as a stick. 

4. Frozen peas and sweetcorn. Miss K enjoys this, the J boy just thinks it’s plain crazy. I can see his point, but some kids love it. If they do, embrace it.

5. Banana Ice-cream. If you haven’t tried making 1 ingredrient banana ice-cream before then you are missing out. Go, Do, It.

I would love to hear what healthy snacks your kids love. Drop me a comment or a tweet 🙂 

Yoghurt Coated Frozen Fruit

So Simple and So Good!

I used to love yoghurt coated raisins, until I found out they really aren’t as healthy for you as you may originally think… with it being so hot over the last few days and having a small girl who loves to snack I’ve been getting inventive with snacks. It’s fair to say this recipe was a hit.

Dietitian UK: Yoghurt Covered Frozen Fruit 3

 

So here are my yoghurt coated frozen fruit. Hilariously my hubby actually blew on his as it was so cold, trying to warm it up! I used blueberries, redcurrants and banana, but this would work with any berry and soft fruit I reckon, so try it out and let me know.

Dietitian UK: Yoghurt Covered Frozen Fruit 1

As well as being a cooling healthy snack for adults, its a perfect snack for the kids and for teething babies.

Dietitian UK: Yoghurt Covered Frozen Fruit 2

Yoghurt Coated Frozen Fruit
Serves 1
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
56 calories
14 g
0 g
0 g
1 g
0 g
66 g
1 g
8 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
66g
Servings
1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 56
Calories from Fat 2
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 1mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 14g
5%
Dietary Fiber 2g
7%
Sugars 8g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
10%
Calcium
0%
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. 1/2 banana cut into thick slices
  2. 5 blueberries
  3. 10 redcurrants
  4. 2 tbsp greek yoghurt
Instructions
  1. Dip the fruit into the yoghurt, be generous with your coating.
  2. Place onto a greased, lined baking tray or use a silicone baking liner on a tray.
  3. Freeze overnight.
  4. Eat frozen.
Notes
  1. Use an assortment of berries and soft fruit.
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calories
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fat
0g
protein
1g
carbs
14g
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Chewy Oaty Cookies: great baby/toddler snacks.

Chewy Fruit and Oat Cookies
Yields 10
Healthy, wholesome, wholegrain fruit and oat cookies with no added fat or sugar. Perfect for kids as a snack.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
98 calories
20 g
0 g
1 g
3 g
0 g
43 g
1 g
7 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
43g
Yields
10
Amount Per Serving
Calories 98
Calories from Fat 10
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
2%
Saturated Fat 0g
1%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 1mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 20g
7%
Dietary Fiber 2g
10%
Sugars 7g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
2%
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. 1 mashed ripe banana
  2. 1/3 cup apple sauce
  3. 1 cup oats
  4. 1/2 cup raisins
  5. 1/2 cup natural yoghurt
  6. 1 tsp cinnamon
  7. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Mash the banana and mix with the apple sauce.
  2. Add the oats and raisins and stir.
  3. Now add the yoghurt, cinnamon and vanilla,
  4. Drop spoonfuls onto a well-greased and lined baking tray or a silicone sheet.
  5. Bake at Gas Mark 5 for 15-20 minutes.
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calories
98
fat
1g
protein
3g
carbs
20g
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I have one of those toddlers who is always hungry and asks for snacks a lot. Often I set the expectation early on in the day and at lunchtime I will explain that in the afternoon the only snacks available are fruit and breadsticks with a dip for example. As my toddler takes after mummy and also loves cooking,  I am constantly on the look out for new healthy snacks that we can make together. If she cooks it she wants to eat it and I’m not a fan of filling her full of added sugar.

This weekend we had a go at adapting our usual flapjack recipe, making a yoghurt, apricot and banana version and we also came up with these cookies. Now these are definitely cookies and not biscuits. There is no crunch to them, they are soft and chewy, which makes them perfect for babies and toddlers. They have no added sugar the sweetness comes from the fruit and apple sauce and no added fat either. The oats provide a wholegrain form of carbohydrate that will  keep your little ones and you going through the afternoon. 

Dietitian UK: Fruity Oaty Cookies

To “adult” these up I would add some nuts and seeds for added crunch and serve with a cuppa. Have a play and let me know what you come up with.

 Dietitian UK: Healthy Fruity Oaty Cookies

Apple Crisps, perfect for a slow autumn day.

We recently acquired a whole heap of apples, I am just one of those people who cannot say no to free food, especially when it is fresh fruit/vegetables. So this weekend I’m working my way througb trying out a few apple recipes, there may be a bit of apple overload on my bog. Apologies. It’s good to be seasonal though isn’t it.

I love Pinterest for ideas and inspiration. Today a quick apple search reminded me of apple crisps which I tried to make once before and was very disappointed. With so many apples to hand and some time to read through a number of different techniques I decided to revisit the idea. This time I was successful. So successful that my first batch were greedily devoured by the toddler very quickly and I have to make more.

Dietitian UK: Apple Crisps

If you have a few hours at home and its a bit cold, why not try this out as it will warm up the kitchen and make your house smell delicious too. I’ve now got a pot of these ready for snacks throughout the week.

 

Apple Crisps
Serves 4
Healthy apple crisps, easy to make but take time to cook.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
3 hr
107 calories
29 g
0 g
0 g
1 g
0 g
451 g
18 g
21 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
451g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 107
Calories from Fat 3
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
1%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 18mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 29g
10%
Dietary Fiber 5g
19%
Sugars 21g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
27%
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. 4 apples
  2. 1/2 cup lemon juice
  3. 4 cups water
  4. 1 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1 tsp sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 1/140C
  2. Slice the apples horizontally as thinly as possible (going through the core so you get a pretty star shape).
  3. Keep the skin on and do not worry about coring the apples first.
  4. Line a baking tray with parchment and lightly grease it.
For plain apples
  1. Mix the lemon juice and water together and place the apple slices in the mixture.
  2. Remove, shake off excess water and place on the baking trays.
For spiced apples
  1. Mix the cinnamon and sugar together
  2. Lightly coat the apple slices in the mixture and place on the trays
  3. Bake the apple slices for about 3 hours, checking and turning every 30 minutes. For chewy apple slices remove them slightly earlier, if you leave them longer they will crisp up.
  4. Store in an airtight tin.
Adapted from BBC Good Food
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calories
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fat
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protein
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carbs
29g
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