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.

Granola Bites

  • 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
  1. Pre-heat the oven to a moderate heat.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. Pour the oil mixture over the nut/fruit mixture and combine well.
  5. 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.
  6. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the granola turns a deep golden brown.

Granola Bites (2)



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