Picnic in the Park (and Cashew Butter and Blueberry Cookie Recipe)

It was such a lovely sunny day yesterday that we decided to have a picnic in the park.  Me and the kids spent all morning baking some yummy and healthy vegan treats.  They really love baking!  It’s usually messy and slightly stressful for me, but also fun.  We made blueberry muffins from Keep It Vegan by Áine Carlin, pumpkin seed breakfast bars from Plant Powered Families by Dreena Burton and also these cashew butter and blueberry cookies.  The boys loved them!

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Cashew Crispy Squares

 

So the other day I decided to treat us, and bought three huge 1kg tubs of Meridian nut butter.  I love it because it’s made from 100% roasted nuts, so is healthy and doesn’t have any added sugar, salt or palm oil.  Buying 1kg tubs is the best value too I think.  I’ve been using a lot of cashew butter the last couple of weeks to get more iron in our diets.  It’s more pricy than peanut butter but has more than twice as much iron!  So I came up with this recipe for healthy rice crispy squares, using cashew butter, but feel free to use peanut butter or any kind of nut butter that you have.  You could also make it nut-free by using sun butter.

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Coffee Banana Shake

This one is for the tired parents, not vegan kids (though I bet you could make a nice chocolate version instead of coffee).  Even though I feel like I have more energy than I should have, there are still times (a lot of the time) that I’m very, very, very tired.  Fresh fruit smoothies help to give me energy, but I also need coffee.  So for anyone looking after kids, waking up for night feeds, or who just likes/needs coffee, I’ve made this coffee banana shake.  Enjoy! Read More »

Oil-Free Houmous

I’ve been trying to use less oil in my cooking lately, and it’s going really well.  I’m feeling great and feel like we’re eating better in general.  Something I make every week is a big bowl of homemade houmous, usually with lots of olive oil.  So I came up with an oil-free version, that still has plenty of fat from the tahini (sesame seed paste).  We still need healthy fats in our diets, and by adding a bit more tahini instead of oil, it can be more nutritious, and still taste really nice.  This also provides plenty of protein and iron, and the kids love it!

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Chocolate Peanut-Butter No-Bake Squares

I’m always trying to think up of new recipes that work as a quick breakfast or snack to give me and the kids energy, and they’re extra good if they have chocolate, so I think this is going to be one of our new favourites!  (Ok, I say that about a lot of things…)  These are really quick and easy to make, with ingredients that you might already have in the house, they’re a nice sweet treat but fairly healthy too, and will give you energy for the day.  They’re full of chocolatey peanut-buttery oaty goodness! Read More »