Joanna Anastasia

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Nutella banana granola bars

nutella-banana granola bars

Every spring I wake up one day, and decide it’s enough: enough of artificial sugar, enough of comfort food on repeat, and enough of store-bought snacs! And this year is no different: last week, when the sun have finally appeared, an first tiny leaves started blooming, I realized it’s time to get back on track, and my first decision was to make these healthy and delicious, Nutella and banana granola bars! Now, I know what you must be thinking now: Nutella isn’t really healthy! Well, I’m just using a tiny bit of it, and believe me, it makes all the difference in the world!

And I just love having these on hand, they are really filling so they stop me from over smacking too!

Also, these granola bars are full of chia seeds and oats and have zero added sugar or fat! And of course, if you’d like them to be 100% sugar free, just skip the Nutella !

nutella-banana granola bars

All you need:

2 ripe bananas
1 cup oat meal
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup nutella
1 table spoon coca powder

Mix it all well together, and pour over a baking sheet covered with wax baking paper. Bake for around 15 minutes on 350 F, and let cool completely. Once cooled down, you can add a bit of Nutella “icing”on top!( I usually put a spoon in a small zip bag, cut off the top, and then decorate it as if it was a cake!

They are perfect to freeze for later, eat on the go, or wrap up as a little gift. Or even as an easy breakfasts for those busy mornings! And my kids kept asking for more!

nutella-banana granola bars

nutella banana granola bars

nutella banana granola bars

This recipe is for around 10 bars, so I suggest you making a double batch, you’ll thank me later! You can even add chocolate chips, nuts or dried cranberries! Enjoy!

Healthy and easy nutella and banana granola bars

The best homemade granola bars

Best home-made granola bars ! Chewy, full of flavour, and healthy!

Sometimes all you need is a healthy yet delicious snack, something to give you energy and keep you going. Granola bar is a perfect choice, but it’s usually full of artificial sugars and fats, plus it’s not that economic at all. Unless it’s home made! And can you believe me when I’ll tell you that a homemade granola bar is not at all complicated or difficult to make? It’s actually pretty easy: just pick your ingredients, mix them all together, and bake. That’s it!

And these ones here, are really the best homemade granola bars ever! They’re chewy and satisfying, with chunks of chocolate, pieces of cranberries and all of the oatmeal goodness!

Hers what you’ll need:

1/3 cup natural peanut butter (can be any other nut butter)
1/4 cup maple sirup
1 tablespoon milk (or soya or almond milk)
1 cup apple souse (preferably unsweetened)
1 tablespoon coconut oil

2 1/2 cups oats
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 cup shredded coconut
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup chocolate chunks

( plus 1/4 cup chocolate to drizzle on top)

First mix together peanut butter with maple sirup, milk, apple souse and coconut oil. When the mixture is nicely smooth, add the rest of ingredients ( oats, cinnamon, cranberries coconut and chocolate chunks).

Spread it evenly on a baking sheet ,and bake for around 20 minutes on 350F.

The best homemade granola bars

Melt the remaining chocolate, but let your homemade granola bars cool down before drizzling it over.

The best homemade granola bars!

Cut them in to bars, and store in a dry place. Just look out, because they disappear really fast!

The best homemade granola bars

If you want to make your homemade granola bars even healthier, then skip the chocolate chunks and add some nuts instead! They’ll be equally delicious!

The best homemade granola bars

Enjoy !

Breakfast out of the ordinary

Great breakfast ideas

Even though I hate getting up early, then as soon as I’m in the kitchen making my first coffee, I feel like morning is my favourite moment of the day. I love looking at the morning sun soaking the table, and my full of energy kids around it (unless of course they are screaming/whining or crying because they just can’t wait one more minute for food).

And although I’m not usually in a mood to cook before 9am, I do like to change our routine a little and prepare something different from time to time. So here is a couple of my favourite ways to start a day right:

Bacon and eggs cups

This is one of the I- seen-it-somwere-on-Pinterest recipes. And I found it to be a perfect rainy day/cold morning pick me up! You can start preparing it in the morning and I really suggest serving some salsa on the side!

Bacon & eggs cups :

White bread slices
Cooked bacon
Eggs

Place white bread slices in a greased muffin pan. Bake on 350F for around 5 minutes. Then add bacon, and pour one egg. Bake until the egg is done ( around 15 minutes).

The simplest French toast

Now, don’t get me wrong, but in general I think that a French tost is not worth the fuss. I never liked the overly soaked and egg tasting French tost. Nobody does, right? But this one, made with real French baguette and vanilla extract, is just perfect, and definitely worth the time ( 10 minutes of preparation).

Simple French toast:

1/3 French baguette
3 eggs
1/3 cup of milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Butter

Mix milk with eggs and vanilla, and pour it over the baguette cut in slices (use a deep bowl) and let it soak for at least 5 minutes. Melt butter, and bake it until golden on a pan or a skillet. Serve warm with maple sirup and berries.

Breakfast muffins

And this is another Pinterest inspired recipe. I did change it a little though: I was hoping that red pepper will desapere among the ham and cheese, and that it’ll be easier for my baby to eat it (and yes, she did notice it, and no, she didn’t eat any).

But the rest of us really liked them, and they are a great lunch option too!

Breakfast muffins :

4 eggs
1/2 cup ham cut in slices
1/2 cup old cheddar
1/3 cup red pepper cut in pieces

Mix it all together, and pour in to greased muffin tin. Bake on 360F for around 25 minutes.

Breakfast muffins

And if yore just plain tired and don’t feel like cooking, you can always upgrade the plain milk and ceral :

Chocolate granola:
1/2 cup granola
1/4 cup chocolate chunks
1 cup Greek yoghurt

Greek yoghourt & chocolate granola

And that is my favourite breakfast!

What are your recipes for a breakfast out of the ordinary?