Mother, Mum, Mom , Mummy or Ma..........has one more name and that could only be a Worrier ! Since she come to know that she is going to be a mother, she starts to worry till her last breath she never stops. It applies to every mother in this world and I am no different !who worries a lot for my kids.
I worry about my kids all the time, their health, welfare and wellbeing . At twenty and eighteen now hardly little any longer, still my heart always worry about their little things. I clearly remember while they both started school and how our life got in new routine, new experiences and new challenges ! How anxious the whole family was for new adventure ! Always started a new school year covered in prayer and that routine has never changed though kids has started University.
Still continuing in prayers by giving them sense of security,love and care also cooking homemade healthy snacks for their school breaks time. It was my way of being with them during the school time and make sure that they have some healthy snack. I knew that there might come a day that they wouldn't necessarily appreciate healthy bites while they see unhealthy snack in other kids hands, but still I made them and packed for them even while they went to high school, I wanted them to know at this point that even though they are growing up and becoming young adults they would remain forever my little angles :)
I did not hear many praises about my healthy snacks while they both were young, although they were eating it, but since they grown more and developed healthy eating tastes, both appreciate and reminds me to prepare those dishes or snacks again and again. With joy I prepare them, and my daughter takes with her for her breaks between her university lectures. Those moments are priceless for me !
I firmly believe that healthy diet and healthy snacks are essential for anyone, but for growing kids it is a must. Healthy snacking on nutritious food can keep your energy levels high and the mind stays alert. and sharp.
I used to and still prepare many healthy snacks or treats for my kids and one of them was Granola Bars, they are filling, wholesome and boosts you with energy and packed with health benefits. I found out recipe for this bars from one of the health magazine many moons ago, since then I been making and every few years I make a change in the recipe with new ingredients but the aim is always to keep them healthy as possible .
These spicy flavoured home made granola bars far better than store bought, make them in advance so you can grab and go all week without worrying about hunger pangs or if you're a mummy be worry free for few minutes and enjoy a slice with a good masala chai, not only tastes great but lot less expensive when you make them at home.
So hey sweet mums, prepare these yummy and healthy bars for your kids no matter how young or old they are, they may resist at home to take with them but trust me they really appreciate your effort while they are away from you and boast about your cooking efforts to others :)
You will need :-
- 200 g multigrain flakes or rolled oats
- 150 g dried apricot
- 150 ml brewed black masala tea ( if you don't have tea masala use 1 tsp. of cinnamon and nutmeg powder )
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 110 ml good quality honey
- 60 g raisins, dried cranberries and gojji berries ( any )
- 60 g mixed nuts ( I used cashews, walnuts and almonds )
- 40 g mixed seeds ( flaxseed, sunflower , pumpkin and chia )
- 25 g dried coconut flakes ( can use desiccated coconut too )
Preheat the oven to gas mark 4-5 and grease the small square baking tray or pan. ( mine is
Place apricots and masala chai in a saucepan , bring it to boil and simmer for 8-10 minutes. There won't be much liquid left. Let it cool slightly.
Transfer into the food processor along with honey and process till you get smooth apricot puree.
Remove the mixture with spatula into another bowl and add all the other remaining ingredients.
Stir till everything combines properly, the mixture should be moist.
Pour the mixture into baking tray, press firmly and bake at least 25-30 minutes or lightly browned the edges.
Let it cool completely, then cut into equal pieces with a sharp knife.
Wrap in a parchment paper with little love note from you for your little angles to make a quick grab a go snack :)
Note :- Place tea bag and chai masala with water in a saucepan and brew for few minutes. Remove tea bag , masala chai ready.
Happy Cooking :)