Blogmas day eight: Healthy snacks

Hello,

How are you? I hope you’ve had a great Saturday so far! It’s been a week since Blogmas started and I am absolutely loving the support you’re all showing! A huge hello to all of you who have recently joined too! I have so much more in store for you! I’ve started preparing for 2019 and let me tell you, it’s going to be my biggest year yet!

Tonight I wanted to share with you two very simple healthy snack ideas. I know everyone is on about mince pies (eww! Not me I absolutely hate them!) but, I am actually on a very strict diet, so I cannot indulge in all of the delicious festive foods that are going around.

To start with, I’m going to share a very simple idea with you, it’s something I came across on Pinterest and I love it! I also have a recipe for you for my second snack!

Healthy snacks

1. Chocolate covered bananas – you can make them look super Christmassy which is why I love this idea! I’ve seen a few which look like the banana is wearing a Santa hat and has seen if you were the banana looks like a penguin. I think its a really fun way to include fruit into your diet, especially those of you who have tricky kids.

(Photo found on Pinterest)

2. Cereal bars – I have found a recipe so you can make your own if you wanted to.

Cereal bar recipe

Ingredients
  • vegetable oil
  • 75 g blanched almonds
  • 250 g rolled oats
  • 40 g sunflower seeds , or pumpkin seeds
  • 100 g runny honey
  • 6 tablespoons smooth peanut butter , or almond butter
  • 40 g bran
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of sea salt
  • 50 g sour cherries , or dried cranberries
Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4. Lightly grease a 22cm-square baking dish with oil, then set aside.
  2. Roughly chop and add the almonds to a large baking tray with the oats and seeds. Spread them out into an even layer and place in the hot oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden, stirring halfway through.
  3. Gently heat the honey and nut butter in a small pan over a low heat. Meanwhile, slit open the dates, pull out and discard the stones, then place into a blender with 100ml of warm water.
  4. Blitz to a paste, stir into the warmed honey mixture, then leave to cool.
  5. Transfer the toasted oat mixture to a large bowl with the bran, cinnamon and salt. Roughly chop and stir in the dried fruit, then mix in the honey mixture until well combined.
  6. Spoon it into the prepared baking dish, using the back of a spoon to press it into an even layer.
  7. Bake in the hot oven for 15 minutes, or until golden and set.
  8. Leave to cool slightly, turn it out onto a board and cut into squares, then set aside to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

And there we have it my lovelies, two very healthy, and delicious snacks for when those festive foods become to tempting! I hope you have enjoyed tonight’s post, if you have be sure to leave a like and comment below your favourite festive food.

Thank you so much for reading, I look forward to seeing you all again tomorrow!

Sending you lots of love and festive cheer,

A X

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