Chocolate Granola Biscuits
Guiding your children through their early lives sugar free really is possible. The number one thing we suggest is - start early. You shouldn’t need to even think about sugar in a child’s diet before they are one. Parents say to me that it is at the child’s first or second birthday that they feel pressure to introduce it - a piece of birthday cake or some ice-cream, for a special treat. It just isn’t true. You can make so many nutritious and deliciously sweet treat cakes that they will be as delighted at being given - adults too. A banana cake with honey as the sweetener is the simplist. And don’t make sugar alternatives for the adults in the room either, I definitely used to and then realised that they would enjoy the cake just as much as the childand because they have no sugar in them, they can indulge more. Delicious fruit platters, cheese crackers, sugar free cookies and sandwicheswill look super colourful, inviting and we think half the fun of the food at birthday’s is in the bright or pastel colours of decoration around the food. Think of the table clothes, banners, bunting… all make for a sweet looking party.
Our tasty granola biscuits below are just great for after school snack, munching on whilst relaxing or doing homework.
1 cup of oats
1/2 cup of walnuts or pecans
1 cup of dessicated coconut ( make sure there is no hidden sugar in the packet)
1 cup of pitted dates ( can use medjool or dried)
1/2 spoon of cacoa powder
1/2 cup of dried cranberries
2 tbsp of coconut oil
First of all melt the coconut oil on a low heat, then add the cup of chopped up dates. Let the oil soak into the dates for around six minutes. Meanwhilechop up the nuts and put all the other ingredients into a large bowl. When the sticky date mixture has cooled a little, pour it over the nut mixture and stir it gently all together. Depending on the nuts and size of the dates you use, you may need to add a little extra melted coconut oil at this stage...
Then pour out onto a baking tray, lined with greaseproof paper. Flatten it down with a spatula and pop it straight into the freezer for half an hour. Then cut into pieces and eat.
I made one batch which came out too crumbly - if this happens, use it as an extra delicious granola. You won't be disappointed.