As well as working out more recently, I’ve been making more of a conscious effort to clean up my eating. I’d fallen back into bad habits, especially over the festive season, eating too much bread, cheese and sweet things. It’s time to change that! I’ve just bought this cookbook, and am excited to start trying some of the recipes out. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners I’ve been doing great at eating clean. But sometimes I want something sweet, especially mid-afternoon. A cup of tea and a slice of cake or flapjack – oh how I love flapjack! Unfortunately all of that butter and syrup is not particularly good for you, so I switched a few things out, and made these delicious granola bars.
We’re planning on trying out a few different variations this coming week, including some chocolate ones, and Lola wants to try some with Maple Syrup instead of the honey! You could also add in some dried fruits to these. I used sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds as that was what I had, but use any combination of nuts/seeds that you like! These were SO good, and healthy too! Even G liked them! They hit the spot perfectly, and were just sweet enough to satisfy, but not too sweet. If you’re trying to eat healtheir too, this is a great list of everyday foods that are so terrible you should avoid them!
1 1/2 cups toasted oats
1 cup dates
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup mixed nuts/seeds
Heat the peanut butter and honey together, pulse the dates in a food processor until they’re in teeny pieces, then mix everything together. Pour into a greased 9×9 pan and leave to set. Cut into bars or squares and enjoy. These were perfect with a cup of earl grey! They’d make a great pre or post workout snack too.