You know those mornings where you just can't be bothered? No time for breakfast, no time to grab snacks (despite having a full day). It just feels like you're wading through mud. Well, in that sense, my life has felt like mud recently! On such occasions, items pre-made and ready to grab'n'go are seriously useful. That is how these yummy, nutty and seriously chunky breakfast bars came to be. Full of natural energy and ingredients that will keep you full till lunch (unlike those pesky cereals that claim they will and you're hungry 30 minutes later - am I right?!) Also great to keep you going mid afternoon, as a snack before the gym or, well, for general snacking. Because, well, snacking is great.
I'm afraid my scales went on the blitz just as I was making these so the measurements are in american cups. Other than this, they are super simple and quick to make and can stay in the fridge for a couple of weeks (covered) and will be perfectly fine.
Play around with the flavours and spice- there's no pesky ingredients that mean this needs to be cooked before tasting. So have a taste and add and subtract the spices as you please. I'm a ginger lover, but maybe at this festive time of year mixed spice is more your bag. Go for it- life's just that good ;)
Buckwheat. One of those cheeky gluten free grains that could fool the best of is into thinking it's a no go for coeliacs and those with wheat intolerance. But despite the name, it is not in fact wheat, and perfectly ok for anyone needing to steer clear of gluten or wheat in their diets.
With a rich, nutty flavour this flour packs a punch in the nutritional stakes. It is full of amino acids, vitamins and minerals (an extra little punch there for my vegan lovelies) as well as being extremely versatile in cooking. What a powerhouse of a grain...
When Clearspring sent me their new buckwheat range, the flour was definitely the item I am most used to; It appears in a lot of my gluten free baking. When thinking about what to make I wanted something simple, nutritious and that felt a little naughty (it's me after all). Packed full of good fats, mineral rich molasses and plenty of fibre this nutty, chocolate chunk banana bread fits all those boxes and more. Jazz it up or down as you please. The simple, moist texture is dreamy for many a combination.
Breakfast. On the weekends it is a leisurely time of eggs and avocado, full English or pancakes for most. But during the week it can be rushed, expensive (hello £12 on a coffee and breakfast pot) or just not happen. So it can really help to have bits in the cupboard to grab and go on the run.
These breakfast bars are chocked full of goodness, natural energy and the perfect way to start your day after a night's sleep,
They'd also be perfect to wack in the kids lunchboxes (be careful though- as they have nuts, which can be problematic for some schools), pre-gym energy or just in your bag for a 4pm pick me up.
These are quite fiery so make sure to add the smallest amount of spice and then increase as you taste it. I like mine with a kick- but I don't want to blow your head off!
I'm that person that prefers the cake batter to the cake, the cookie dough to the scrumptious final product, warm out the oven. Maybe I'm impatient. Maybe I am just greedy. But I will take those names and eat my cookie dough raw... right out the bowl thank you (I mean who wants more washing up?)
A few weeks back I made a nutty almond and PB mix, studded with little chunks of chocolate. Simple, but oh so good. I however have a habit of getting into one of my "baking moods" which means I dance and twirl my way into the kitchen and start throwing stuff in a bowl- hoping it will turn out edible. This is great for my (and my housemates) stomach, not so great for my recipe book that contains many a blank page thanks to my kitchen twirling.
This however is super simple. Basic, in the cupboard ingredients that means, on this mind-week slump, you can probably cure your Wednesday blues right now.
So grab, spoon, stir and swirl. Tweak to your taste and see what works.
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