Try creating some of these delicious snacks for your children - they'll go down a treat and are super healthy too!
Dried apple rings
Using an apple corer, take the centre out of 3-4 apples. Leave the skin on for added texture or remove if you prefer.
Horizontally slice the apple into rings measuring about3-5mm in thickness.
Lay these flat on a baking sheet covered in greaseproofpaper.
Cover the sheet (you might want to do several batches atonce) and place in a warm oven for several hours. There is no set formula for the best applerings as the outcome will depend upon apple variety, its water content and howchewy you like them!
Either 6 -8hrs at gas 1 / 150C or bump up the heat to 200C /Gas 6 and reduce the cooking time to 1-2 hrs but you will need to watch themmore closely at the higher temperatures and make sure they don’t burn.
Leave to cool and then store in an airtight container or bag. These make a great snack for kids at school.
200g porridge oats – Jumbo oats will make this evenmore chewy!
30g sesame seeds
30g pumpkin seeds
30g sunflower seeds
60g mixed nuts, such as flaked almonds, hazlenuts and pecans, chopped up! 60g dried apricots, chopped
2tbsp mild olive oil
100g muscovado sugar
Combine oats and the nuts, seeds and dried fruit together and mix well in a bowl.
In a pan, melt together the butter, sugar, honey and oil. Take off the heat and stir in the oat mixture until well combined.
Spoon into a greased and lined baking tray and press down firmly.
Bake in the oven at 180C / Gas 5 for 15-20mins and then leave to cool in the tin before cutting into small squares.
For a healthy alternative to ice cream why not try freezingyour favourite yoghurt. Simply place itin the freezer, leave for a few hoursand then you have a much healthier desert that will take you longer to eat too!
Peel a banana and cut in half.
Stick a wooden skewer into each half until you have a banana‘lolly’
Wrap each lolly in greaseproof paper and place in the freezer for a healthy sweet treat on hot days!
Peel a banana and slice it into several thick discs about 1-1.5cm thick.
Roll each disc in a little honey and then roll in mixedcrushed nuts until covered.
Place each nutty disc on a piece of greaseproof paper and place in the freezer for a delicious sweet treat when you are feeling peckish but don’t want to raid the chocolate drawer!
Wholemeal banana muffins
This is a great way of using up over ripe black and bruisedbananas! 30g Butter
60g Clear Honey 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Large, Very Ripe Bananas
150 Wholemeal Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
Pinch of Salt
Melt butter, honey and vanilla in a pan over low heat. Leave to cool in pan for a few mins
Mash Bananas in a bowl
Measure out flour, raising agents, cinnamon and salt into a large bowl
Combine melted butter and honey mixture with the banana in the bowl
Mix the banana and butter etc into thebowl of dry ingredients. DON’T OVER MIX! A lumpy muffin mixture is always goodsign
Spoon muffin mixture into small muffin cases and place in a muffintray. 7. Bake at 190 deg / Gas 6 for 25mins.
These freezewell and are great for kids lunchboxes or an after school snack.