The kids start back at school in 5 more days (notice I said the KIDS and not me), and yes, I am counting. Holidays have been awesome but after 7 weeks it’s really time to get back into routine.
That routine also means more cooking for me. I have enjoyed taking a break from cooking sweets, mostly because I have been so focused on my fitness goals that I knew I needed no sweets in the house until I was at a comfortable place with them, and I am now there….so lucky kids get sweets again.
I am trying to avoid using honey, mainly because I can give them ‘sweet’ using other naturally sweet things that have more nutrients in them, and yes it’s still high in sugar so moderation is the key here. W has already started asking for honey on almost everything so that’s another reason to start using other sweeteners, like fruit.
I made Granola Bites yesterday, as a trial run for the kids’ lunch boxes and to see if I could get them to stick together like a biscuit instead of crumbling. Success! I took a bite of one, yes just one bite. I made them for the kids so they had to be the ones to like and approve of them, and they did! I have three out of twelve left.
- 3 cups of nuts, whatever nuts you wish to use. I used 1 cup of almonds, 1 cup of coconut flakes, ½ cup of walnuts, ½ cup macadamia nuts.
- ½ cup of dried fruit, 1 used a mix of dried blueberries and goji berries
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 5 fresh dates, pitted (you could use 1/3 cup honey instead)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Pre-heat the oven to a moderate heat.
- Pulse the nuts and dried fruit in the food processor, until they have chopped into smaller bits and combined well. Pour them out into a bowl and set them aside.
- In the food processor, combine coconut oil, dates, vanilla and cinnamon and blend until the dates have turned to mush (nice word that isn’t it?..mush).
- Pour the oil mixture over the nut/fruit mixture and combine well.
- Use a muffin tray, and muffin papers to cook the bites. Place the muffin papers in the muffin try and place 1 tablespoon of the granola into the ‘cup’ and press down. Make sure you press it down well, this will help them cook together and hold the shape.
- Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the granola turns a deep golden brown.
Do you bake sweets for your kids? I need some more inspiration, what do you make for your kids?