A while ago I began trying to eat healthier, and managed to succeed, with one exception. The 11am snack. The time between breakfast and lunch where you get a tiny bit hungry and end up buying a packet of crisps and devouring it. I found the solution: homemade granola bars. I've tried four different options so far, and will be posting the other two soon, and am yet to find the perfect one. I rated each kind by yumminess, consistency and healthiness and this one scores 9/10 for taste, 2/10 for consistency as I messed up the portions and didn't put enough banana and 9/10 for healthiness.
Makes 8 bars
2 cups of oats
1 ½ cups of dried fruits & nuts
½ cup walnuts
1 ½ banana
¼ cup seeds
1. Using a fork, squish the banana completely.
2. Add the oats, dried fruit and nuts, walnuts and seeds.
3. In a pot, melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and two tablespoons of syrup.
4. Mix into the oats. If the consistency is still very crumbly, melt more of both.
5. Place into a baking tray lined with baking parchment, the bars should be at least 2cm thick. Put in the fridge. It can be eaten after a couple of hours or from the next day.
Original recipe by Ethan Major
My dear friend and housemate introduced me to this amazing cake of hers two years ago, which is exactly when I started paying for a dietician. It is perfection within a cake. It is the perfect dessert to be eaten as a cake for a special occasion or as cupcakes as a daily snack. The icing is delicious and pairs perfectly both taste wise and consistency wise with the cake.
Makes one 12-inch cake
375ml vegetable oil
12.5ml baking powder
125ml chopped nuts
10ml bicarbonate of soda
750ml grated carrots
1. Using an electric whisk, cream the oil and sugar
2. Beat in the eggs one at the time.
3. Fold in all the dry ingredients
4. Add the carrots and chopped nuts and mix well.
5. Bake at 180 degrees for 40 minutes.
For the Icing
500ml icing sugar
5ml vanilla extract
90g cottage cheese (Philadelphia)
1. Soften the butter and beat in the icing sugar.
2. Then add the cottage cheese and vanilla
Original Recipe by Chloe Harty
This amazing dessert originating from Piedmont, Italy, has been in my family for four generations. A very simple and easy to make summer dessert where the ingredients needed are very few. The melted chocolate pairs exquisitely with the peach and is a real crowd pleaser.
50g dark chocolate
40g Amaretti biscuits (4/5)
1. Rinse and dry the peaches. Cut them in half and remove the pit.
2. Using a sharp knife remove some of the pulp and place into a bowl. Set aside the peaches.
3. Smash the pulp using a fork. Cut the chocolate into tiny dices and mix with the pulp.
4. Using your hands crumble the biscuits into the bowl with the pulp and chocolate and mix well.
5. Butter a baking tray and place the peaches on it. Fill each hole with the mixture spreading it out equally.
6. Bake in the oven for 40/50 minutes at 180 degrees.
Serving tip; vanilla ice cream pairs amazingly!
Original recipe from: Giallo Zafferano