Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. I absolutely love tucking into a nourishing post workout meal full of protein, healthy fats, complex carbs and allllll the fruit (I’m a sweet breakfast kinda girl). However, I totally get that sometimes things get hectic; you’ve overslept, you’re running late for work, and there are just too many things to get done. But, please don’t skip breakfast.
5 REASONS TO EAT BREAKFAST
Provides nutrients and energy to boost your productivity & performance
You’re less likely to have cravings and snack on processed food during the day
You’re less likely to experience mood swings i.e hanger
It’ll help stabilise your blood sugar levels
Eating breakfast is associated with lower levels of obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and type 2 diabetes
->>CUE MY ENERGY BOOST BREAKFAST BARS…
Unlike many ‘health’ bars you can pick up in your local supermarket these are made with 100% whole foods (unprocessed, just as nature intended). This means instead of starting your day with a sugar high and an 11 am slump, you’ll be getting a hefty dose of nutrients that will keep your body happy for hours, so you can get on with being a #boss.
Oats provide complex carbs for slow release energy
Oats, coconut and dried fruit provide plenty of fibre for healthy bowels
Nut butter, coconut and cacao provide healthy fats to keep you fuller for longer
Fruit provides a dose of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and antioxidants
Ok well, I don’t know about you but all this talk of food has got me hungry…
Before we get to baking, I would like to say a BIG thankyou to Forest Whole Foods for providing me with the ingredients to make these. Check out their site for a variety of high quality, whole food baking essentials.
¾ cup gluten free oats
4 tbsp desiccated coconut
7 dried apricots
2 tbsp goji berries
2 tbsp cacao nibs
½ tsp Ceylon cinnamon
½ tsp mixed spice (optional)
¼ heaped cup crunchy peanut butter
2 tbsp date syrup
Preheat oven to 180 C (360 F) Line a baking tray with a little coconut oil.
In a bowl mashed the banana. Add the dry ingredients: oats, coconut, dried fruit, cacao nibs and spice. Mix.
Add the peanut butter and date syrup. Mix until everything is combined and clumping together.
Dollop spoonfuls of the mixture onto the baking tray. Use your hands to spread it out into a rough rectangle. Press lightly to form an even layer.
Bake in the oven for 10 – 12 minutes.
Allow to cool them slice into 8 squares.
Serve alone as a grab and go snack / breakfast bar. Enjoy for breakfast with yogurt, crumbled over nut mylk, or top with some dark chocolate for an afternoon pick me up. The choice is yours!