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Banana and Baobab Breakfast Bars


Banana and Baobab Breakfast Bars

On weekday mornings I need a quick and easy breakfast I can eat at my desk. I often turn to flapjack based bars as they tend to keep me full until lunchtime  - my favourites being these Honey and Peanut Butter flapjacks. As I had a couple of black banana's to use and an intriguing packet of Baobab powder (thank you Eden Project) to experiment with I though I would develop a high energy Breakfast Bar, using a flapjack recipe as the base.

Baobab Tree's in Africa are known as the 'tree's of life' because their fruits contain high levels of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They contain:
  • Three times more calcium than milk
  • Twice the Vitamin C of oranges
  • Six times more antioxidants than blueberries
Not only do the fruits provide health benefits, but trade of baobab fruit helps to relieve poverty by supporting harvesters and their families. Eden project baobab is sustainably harvested and bought from rural harvester groups in Malawi. Money from every sale of baobab powder (and baobab chocolate bars) at the Eden project goes to Phtyotrade Africa, who help support local harvesters and producers across southern Africa.

These bars turned out really well. The powder gives the flapjacks an extra fruity zing and next time I would be inclined to add some dried apricots to the mix too. The bars provide a high energy, nutritious breakfast for people on the run!

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Banana and Baobab Breakfast Bars
High energy and nutritious
Ingredients
  • 150g Butter
  • 50g Honey
  • 50g Demerera Sugar
  • 2 Black Banana's, mashed
  • 250g Oats
  • 25g Baobab Powder
Instructions
Step 1: Line a 20cm square tim with baking paper and preheat oven to 190c.Step 2: Melt the butter, honey and sugar over a low heat then mix in the other ingredients. Press into tin and bake for 20 mins.Step 3: Leave to cool in the tin before cutting into bars.

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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 12
Beth Sachs
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Christmas Menu Planning Ideas


Christmas Meal Planning

Christmas Meal Planning has well and truely started in this house. I love pulling Nigella and Delia off the book shelf to help inspire me and this year I thought I would put together a list of my favourite festive recipes in a blog post. Some of the recipes are my own, some are from external websites and some are from books (I will include book and page number for you). There will be recipe ideas for the 'main event' but also recipes for the run up to the big day including freeze ahead meals, gifts and edible presents, sweet treats, buffets and 2 menu options for Christmas Eve. To be helpful I will also mark any recipes that can be frozen.

If you have any tried and trusted favourites then leave a link in the comments section and I will add it to the blog post.

Christmas Cakes

Sweet Treats
Star Studded Mince Pies (Nigella Christmas p186)

Desserts

Christmas Eve
I love Christmas Eve, in fact I think I prefer it to Christmas Day. I really enjoy the build up and seeing the excitement on my children’s faces in anticipation of Father Christmas coming. Our day goes something like this……..

The kids go downstairs on Christmas Eve morning to find an Elf Hamper has appeared under the tree. The hamper contains new Pj’s, a Christmas DVD (whilst I get on with last minute preparations), Reindeer Food, a miniature bottle of Whisky or Baileys for the big man and a secret key as we don’t have a chimney. They also open their advent calendar and advent stockings.

We go for a long walk in the morning, dropping off any last minute cards and gifts around the village, coming back for a lunch of Chestnut and Bacon Soup with homemade bread rolls. After lunch the kids sit and watch the new DVD then at 4pm its time to walk over to Church for the Christmas Crib Service. All of the children dress up and the newest baby born in the village is Jesus. The service is done by candlelight and is magical. 

Handily the village pub is almost next door to the Church so we pop in for a quick drink with the kids, family and friends then head back to our house for a Christmas Eve meal. This year there will be 9 of us. I tend to alternate what I prepare between the following two menu plans – this year it will be curry which I will make the day before.


Menu 1
Chip Shop Chicken Curry (double quantity (F)) with Rice, Naan Breads, Poppadum’s, Pakora’s and Onion Bhaji’s, Mango Chutney and Raita.
Dessert = Self Saucing Jaffa Pudding (in slow cooker) with Cornish Clotted Cream Ice Cream

Menu 2
Slow Cooker Gammon in Pineapple Juice served with Macaroni Cheese (double quantity (F)) and Buttered Peas

After dinner the kids get in their new PJ’s, we track Santa on the laptop and put out the reindeer food and a drink and mince pie. The kids go off to bed then hubby and I sit down with a glass of wine and watch a bit of telly…..before Santa arrives

Christmas Day Breakfast 
Christmas Morning Muffins (Nigella Christmas p214) (F)

The Main Event
Roast Potatoes
Bacon wrapped Chipolatas
Gingerbread Stuffing (Nigella Christmas p124)
Parsnips with Parmesan (Delia Happy Christmas p193)
Christmas Sprouts (Nigella Christmas p132)
Cranberry Sauce and Bread Sauce

Boxing Day Buffet
Cold Turkey and Ham
Christmas Coleslaw (Delia's Happy Christmas p93)
Selection of Cheeses with Biscuits
Fresh Bread
Dips and Crudites

Drinks 
Poinsettia (Nigella Christmas p3)

Edible Gifts
Christmas Puddini Bonbons (Nigella Christmas p247)
Chilli Jam (Nigella Christmas p241)

Freeze Ahead Meals
Curried Mince and Peas (F)
Lamb and Date Tagine (Nigella Christmas p72) (F)
What festive recipes do you make year after year?
Beth Sachs
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Meal Plan 4th November - 10th November 2013


Back to School and work this week...Boo. Despite the changeable weather we managed to get out and about locally visiting Trerice House and Gardens near Newquay, Cardinham Woods near Bodmin - where I had a yummy Pulled Pork Ciabatta from Woods Cafe and also a walk on our favourite local beach, Sandymouth on Rorys 4th Birthday. I managed to make a few meals for the freezer too which I will use this week- always a lifesaver to have something in the freezer to call on after a busy day at work and 2 hungry kids and a husband to feed. So this coming weeks meal plan goes something like this...

Monday 4th November
Curried Mince and Peas with Rice

Tuesday 5th November
Jackets with leftover Curried Mince

Wednesday 6th November
Chorizo and Pea Risotto

Thursday 7th November
Creamy Sausage Pasta - scroll down the blog post for the recipe

Friday 8th November
Homemade Pizza

Saturday 9th November
Spinach and Bacon Carbonara

Sunday 10th November
Chicken Kievs, Rice and Steamed Vegetables



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