Healthy Recipes

Introduction to healthy recipe blog

My name is Ms Dowling and I am a teacher here at St Clare’s Primary school. I will be posting a weekly baking blog featuring various delicious and nutritious recipes.

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A ‘taste’ of future recipes to be shared with you:

Lemon shizzle cake
Luscious Ice cream – sugar, wheat and dairy free!
No bake energy oat bites
Banana muffins
Pomegranate fudge
Raw cacoa bonbons

…and many more!

Each recipe will contain instructional steps and interesting facts on the fundamental nutrients delivered in the recipe. For example in the lucious ice cream recipe the superfood ingredient is avocado. Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fibre, potassium, vitamin E, B vitamins and folic acid. Each week you should also try to spot some new words in my blog for your personal dictionaries!

Baking is a fun and multi sensory way of discovering what foods we love. We can enjoy improvising to create our very own recipe concoctions if we like. Don’t be afraid to explore, improvise and substitute using different ingredients! For example in baked treat type recipes:
Try using organic apple sauce /mashed banana instead of an egg
Try honey instead of sugar
Try coconut oil instead of margerine/butter
Try coconut milk/hazelnut/almond milk instead of your usual dairy milk.

Baking enables the child to develop fine motor skills, learn literacy, mathematics and even scientific concepts in the most incidental manner. It also entices and engages the child through all his senses. It also helps to focus attention as the task must be completed from start to finish or we don’t get to eat out treats! Establishing good hygiene and highlighting dangerous appliances in the kitchen is an important first step in baking.

So let’s begin….let our taste buds tango and explore!!

My recipe for this week is a simple banana oat bar with raspberry/blueberry topping.

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This Friday morning 2nd October we are making these delicious, wholesome treats with fruit smoothies for every pupil at St Clare’s. We are raising funds for the current refugee crisis so all proceeds from our mini breakfast morning will go to this worthy cause.

Flapjack bar ingredients:
2 cups uncooked quick oats (small, fine oats work good)
2 medium ripe bananas
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons honey (even extra honey if you like to make them more moist and sweet)
Flapjack topping:
2 cups raspberries
1 tablespoon of honey with some lemon juice

Directions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit
2. Combine oats, mashed banana, cinnamon, vanilla essence and honey – mixing well
3. Line 8 inch by 8 inch baking dish with parchment paper or foil
4. Press mixture down into dish so its compact and forms a crust
5. Combine berries with honey and lemon
6. Add berry jam mixture on top of the oat mixture and spread so its in a single layer
7. Bake bars for 20-30 minutes
8. Cut into bites and enjoy!

This late September lovely sunshine has also inspired me to share my ‘Luscious ice cream’ recipe with you.

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Ingredients:
6 strawberries
2 bananas
1/2-1 ripe avocado
1/2 can of coconut milk
1 teaspoon of coconut oil
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract (optional)

Method:
1. Wash your strawberries
2. Add all of your ingredients to a blender/nutribullet type blender
3. Blend together until completely smooth
4. Pour mixture into little ice cream moulds
5. Place in freezer for 4 hours or over night

The ice cream will be very hard straight from the freezer because the ingredients are so pure. I recommend letting it thaw for approximately 20 minutes at room temperature before you eat it or 40 seconds on defrost in the microwave.

This creamy ice cream can be enjoyed any time of the day and it is sugar, wheat and dairy free!