Words by Louise Beach
If you’re anything like me you like to snack between phases, a Mars bar here some Frazzles there. But all that is doing is giving me sugar highs and lows, so I thought to myself there must be a better way for me to get a good energy fix that not only tastes good but is better for me than a Mars bar!
I came up with a few ideas that have been tried and tested, various cookies, muffins, smoothies and breakfast bars. Basically if you use simple, organic and low or natural sugar ingredients you can play around and make to your taste.
I am a big fan of bananas so a lot of my snacks include bananas, but you could switch for something like peanut butter which I am most certainly not a fan of!
Smoothies are pretty simple, either milk or some form of juice then add whatever fruits you either like or that need using up. You can also add porridge oats to the blender for a more filling smoothie or to drink as a breakfast if you can’t face eating on the way to your event.
I have included two recipes, cookies so I don’t think I am always being too healthy and banana bread bars because they taste fantastic! You can swap the banana in the cookies for anything you wish, peanut butter works well for peanut butter fans!
2 medium bananas, the more over ripe the better the taste
1 cup of oats
¼ cup of choc chips
Preheat your oven to about 180C (350F) then line a tray with baking paper. Mash the bananas and mix in the oats then add the choc chips and fold in. Scoop the mixture into spoon size pieces and place evenly on the tray. Bake for about 15-20 mins depending how crunchy you like your cookies.
Banana Bread Bars
3 cups of oats
6 medium bananas, the more over ripe the better the taste
3 tblsp of honey
½ tsp of cinnamon
¼ tsp of nutmeg
½ tsp of salt
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts if required
Preheat your oven to about 180C (350F) then line a baking pan with baking paper. Mash the bananas and stir in the honey, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Pour in the oats and stir until well mixed, add in the walnuts if you are using them. Press into the pan and bake for about 30-35 minutes until firm and golden brown. Leave to cook for 5-10 mins then cut into bars and remove from the pan to cool before storing.