Posts Tagged ‘healthy snacks’

Sweet & Wholesome – a winning combination

There must be hundreds of recipes and variations for granola bars on the internet. Thousands even. Do we really need another? Most likely not… But then again, there is something about this enticing combination of simply good ingredients that deserves the opportunity to shine whenever possible, and i’m proud to have it here in my little space on the internet! Read the rest of this entry »

Real muesli bars with a gourmet twist

In search of the perfect muesli bar recipe…

I know it’s popular to compare fat and sugar levels of shop bought muesli bars, and yes, despite their healthy image, in some cases you might as well be eating a chocolate bar! For me though, it’s the actual ingredient list that matters. Many popular brands have very low quality, highly refined ingredients, artificial additives and fruit that isn’t really fruit!

The only brand that I am happy to have in my pantry for snack time emergencies is Carman’s. With just a simple list of wholesome ingredients, there isn’t much to raise the alarm bells (and they don’t cost the earth in comparison to some upmarket gourmet brands).

Ideally, of course, it’s best to bake your own and take control of exactly what goes into them. Sadly though, not all of my muesli bar baking efforts have been successful, often ending up with a pile of muesli ‘rubble’ rather than nicely turned out bars!

My latest effort was inspired by Bill Granger’s recipe ‘Real Muesli Bars’ from Everyday Food. I took the liberty of adapting it somewhat, including the addition of extra flavourings like vanilla, cinnamon and orange rind – and the result was pretty good. Even Sophie tucked in to them with relish! Read the rest of this entry »

Great snack recipes to energise and satisfy

One of my irritations is ‘healthy recipe makeovers’ – you know the ones, where you take traditional recipes and try to cut back on fat, salt, sugar or substitute alternative (so-called healthier) ingredients. I understand the good intentions, but often find that by doing this you come up with less than satisfying results and generally feel a little cheated. The classic example being the old ‘coconut essence in evaporated skim milk’ used to replace real coconut milk….arghhhh, so wrong!

Its basically the same as a lot of ‘diet’ products on the market that cut back on fat and then need to pack in so many artificial additives and chemicals (or in a lot of cases refined sugar) just to make them palatable. It makes no sense when a little bit of the real thing can be so satisfying, ultimately more nutritious and you don’t feel as if you are being deprived or missing out (and for those of you familiar with it, a lot less chance of spiralling out of control in to an all out binge!)

As we have been tweaking the food we eat ‘post celebratory season’, i’ve been incorporating some more healthy snacks in to our repertoire. What I love about these dips are the fact that they are age-old traditional recipes not trying to be more of one thing or less of another…they simply are what they are…straightforward, tasty, nutritious and filling. I certainly haven’t found anything better ready-made, nor easier to whip up in a couple of minutes with just some basic ingredients… Read the rest of this entry »