Crunchies are kind of like the South African equivalent of a flapjack although crunchier (hence the name) and less sweet and sticky. I grew up eating loads of these since they’re eggless and my brother was allergic to eggs as a child so baked treats he could eat were quite limited. I recently found this recipe on Pinterest and decided to make these as a snack since oats is supposed to aid breast milk production. Also they are just yummy!
One of the philosophies I have been trying to embody with my recent healthy living kick is to avoid processed food and to cut back on sugar, especially unnecessary added sugar which often appears in processed food. This does mean than grabbing portable, quick food on the go can be a bit of a challenge, especially for breakfast. That’s where these bars come in. They have no added sugar, they’re vegan, they’re wheat-free and they are delicious! They’re also packed with fibre and healthy fats and will give you a great energy boost first thing in the morning or just before a workout.
These semi-healthy cookies pack a real flavour punch and will make you very popular if you take them to work.
Oatmeal raisin cookies
270g butter at room temperature
160g soft dark brown sugar
160g caster sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla essence
380g wholewheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon bicarb
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
110g rolled oats
25g chopped pecans, walnuts or pumpkin seeds (optional)
Heat oven to 170 and grease a non-stick baking sheet.
Beat together the butter and sugars with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition. Add the vanilla.
Stir in the flour, salt, cinnamon, oats and bicarb with a wooden spoon until well mixed.
Add raisins and nuts/seeds and stir until evenly dispersed.
Break off bits of the dough and roll into golfball sized balls. Place 8 at a time on the baking sheet with space for spreading. Bake for 15 mins. Allow to cool slightly on the baking tray before transferring to a cooling rack.
Makes about 24.
Love apple-pie but want to give it a bit of a healthy makeover. Check out this super easy low guilt pud.
Crumble Stuffed Apples
3 large granny smith or other cooking apples
½ cup oats
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup whole wheat flour (or normal but whole wheat is obviously healthier)
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of ginger
1 Tablespoon of coconut (optional)
Cut the apples in half and remove the core so that there is a hollow in the middle of each half. Mix together the remaining ingredients to make a crumble. Press the crumble into the hollow and over the surface of each apple half. Place in an oven safe dish and bake at 180C for 30 minutes or until the apples are soft. Serve with ice-cream or custard depending on how healthy you’re feeling. Serves 3 -6 depending on whether you can stop after just one half…