There are just some days I can not stomach the idea of MORE baking. There seems to be too long a process to get to the end-product, and more than likely it will disagree with me, as I'm finding even gf or other more nutritious baked stuff, just gets too heavy for my belly, and doesn't make for a happy Kathie!
Don't get me wrong - I could never give up baking. And I do normally bake every second day, as, knowing what's in what my kids eat, is more important to me than the time it takes to make something. With 4 kids, it will always be a part of my life.
But two things I've realised is: if it's not baked, chances may be that there could be some raw goodness to be gained; and, there is less chance of using wheat or grains (as they ALWAYS need to be cooked) which is definately not a bad thing for kids and adults alike! So this started me on a bit of a search for easy treats I could whip up without turning on the oven (not to say the microwave or stove-top wasn't used), were healthy, attractive to kids and wouldn't take me longer than 15 mins to put together.
No-Bake Delicious Muesli Slice
2 1/2 cups of Brown rice Puffs or Rice Bubbles (I actually used Pure GF Rolled Oats and Brown Rice Puffs)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used macadamias)
1/3 cup sultanas
1/3 cup sesame seeds
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup choc chips (optional)
Basically you need 4 and 1/2 cups of dry ingredients so it can be ANY mix of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, etc. You can just use them as is, or do as I did, and lightly toast them in the oven till they had taken on a little colour. I just mixed all the ingreds (except the choc of course), piled it on an oven tray and put it in the oven, keeping a careful eye on it and stirring it around every few mins. Pour back into a bowl.
Meanwhile melt 4 tbsps honey, 4 tbspns butter, 4 tbspns peanut butter & 1/3 cup brown sugar (I used 2 tbspns of maple syrup or just add extra honey) altogether till smooth. Pour over dry ingreds in the bowl and mix thoroughly. Leave to cool for a bit and then add the choc chips, mix quickly and then pour back onto the oven tray and smooth over with a spatula. Refrigerate till it hardens, then, slice up. Be prepared, this is seriously more-ish!
Another note: You must use butter for this as any margarine or oil will not allow this to set without baking. Just as well I looooooooooove butter.
Honey-coated Frozen Bananas
I love buying the little ladyfinger bananas from the organic shop, and they are the perfect size for this treat!
6 little ladyfinger bananas
1/2 cup of raw honey
toasted shredded coconut or crushed toasted nuts
paddle pop sticks
Put a paddle pop stick up the middle of the little bananas to create a "handle" for the bananas. Gently heat up the honey in a small m-wave bowl till it is nice and runny. Dip the bananas into the honey until completely covered and then quickly roll it in the shredded coconut (or sprinkle over, whichever works better) till coated. Lay on a plate covered in baking paper. Repeat with the other bananas and then place the plate in the freezer till the honey is set solid. Then yummy to eat! And just a quick note: yes, this can also be done with melted chocolate instead of honey - but you tell me which one would be better for you?!
OK, now for a very HEALTHY treat: Cashew and Coconut Bliss Balls