Breakfast Boost Bars



I realise that this isn’t  a Recipe post that is a “New Thing” or “Trend” in the Culinary world,  but it is something that I always used to make and have been meaning to come up with a new recipe for a while now. 

  Today,  As usual, I had some bananas that were way overripe.  So instead of me putting them into a bread or muffin like I normally do, I decided to come up with a Bar of some sort.  Now I say, “some sort” because, well, I am not sure If this recipe is a Flapjack or a Granola Bar? as, in my eyes, it qualifies for both! 

   I have to say, I am not great at eating breakfasts, especially in summer.  I do get easily bored and like something that I can eat quite efficiently  whilst reading my emails, doing my “To Do list” for that day AND drink my morning Coffee. I know, its bad! But I have to find something that suits me, we all do! and I feel with these bars, it will certainly keep me going for a while. Lets hope it will help others too.
  Now I am no nutritional expert but I have tried to keep the recipe packed full of nutrients with the fruit, nuts and seeds. Also adding no extra sugar to the syrup.

  I can’t wait to let my Fiance try these before he goes for his morning run at the weekend.  He’s been trying to find that certain something that works for him as many others have their own energy fix before a run/workout.  I will let you know what happens there on that note at a later date. Not forgetting aswell how great these are for Children, for breakfast or as a boost over those summer holidays! 
  For now, I will be trying these as my breakfast hit for the next few days…These Boost bars are moist, chewy, packed full of goodness and they’re Vegan too!


Breakfast Boost Bars:

Ingredients:

(This mixture made 9 2″x2″ Squares)

–  100g of Soy Spread ( I used Pure Dairy Free)

–  100g of Golden Syrup
–  1 Tbsp of Raw Organic Coconut Oil ( I used Lucy Bee)
–  200g of Whole Rolled Porridge Oats
–  40g of Grated Raw Carrot
–  2 Over ripe Bananas mashed
–  40g Dried Soft Apricots
–  20g Pistachios (De- shelled)
–  40g of Dried mixed Boosting Berries (i.e Blueberries, Cranberries, Goji, Raisins, etc…)
–  Sprinkling of mixed Seeds for on top (i.e Sunflower, Pumpkin, Linseed etc…)

Method:

–  Preheat Oven to 170c

–  Melt the Soya Spread in a Heavy bottomed pan on a low-medium heat and add the Golden Syrup to it.

–  Into a small hand blender/mixer or processor blitz loosely all the dried fruit together and the pistachio nuts.

–  Add the Oats to the Pan and stir coating all the mixture. Then add the Coconut oil, Bananas and grated carrot to the mixture. Stir and turn off the heat.

–  Line a baking tray with baking parchment and add the mixture creating a nice rectangular even shape.

–  Pop into the Oven for about 20 mins.

–  After 20 minutes sprinkle over your seed mix and pop back into the oven for another 20 mins.

–  Once done, take out and allow to cool before cutting into squares/slices.

If you pop these in a larder/Pantry they will keep for a good few days if kept in a sealed cake tin.

A friday night supper change

When Friday nights come upon us, I always find it difficult to know what to cook?  Mainly because my Partner travels a fair way from work and also I know that He and I will want a little tipple or two, with it being Friday night.  So you begin to wonder, hmmm, I would like takeaway/Friday night food but also something that isn’t too heavy? Am I right or am I right?! 
 Well… This Friday, just gone…Oh did I accomplish this! Aarrghhh! I still get excited, still thinking about it now! I decided to go down the Carribean cuisine as Its a culture I have never cooked really before so Now is the time! And I have to say …Im hooked with Jonathan Phang’s show at the minute which encouraged me to try my own take at the lovely Fresh, Fruity, spicy amazing cuisine! 
 I decided to not be too adventurous at first and stick with something I thought could not fail, and it didnt …











Spiced Jerk Chicken with a Coconut infused rice and Sweet Pepper Sauce 

For 2 People, maybe a little more! 😉
For the Chicken Marinade:

2 Chicken Breasts ( or you could use Thighs or Drumsticks)
1 tbsp Jerk Seasoning 
Fresh Coriander (small handfull)
a good sprig of Fresh thyme taken off the twigs
Red and Green Chillies (half of each) diced finely.
Lime
Groundnut oil ( or Sunflower/Vegetable oil with be fine also)
Fresh Garlic 2-3 cloves roughly chopped
Salt and Pepper

Marinate the Chicken for at least two hours, the longer you can, the better.

Sweet Pepper Sauce:

Red, Yellow and Green peppers 1/4 -1/2 of each
2 White onions, could also use red
Chopped Pineapple, I used roughly a quarter of the pineapple
Chopped Tomatoes 1/4 of a tin
Olive oil
Garlic (use plenty, I used 3-4 cloves)

Coconut infused Rice:

I used Basmati rice for this recipe.  I tend to use my rice cooker as I then have more room in my kitchen so in rice cookers you don’t put in much water. With the right requirements of water I then added Coconut cream (half a packet).

I roasted the pepper sauce in the oven for just under 10 minutes and then placed the chicken on top with a good ‘ol stir!  

And all in all… a very light,  fresh,  healthy dish that In my eyes is good to eat all year around.  Cant wait to experiment more with this one in Summer! 😉

©Chez J9 2013