Good morning lovelies, I wanted to kick this morning off with my latest discovery, these delicious ‘Oat Berry Bites’. I’m so excited to share these with you since I haven’t posted a healthy snack in a while, but the truth is my snacks are pretty simple. In the morning they normally consist of a matcha latte with almond milk, a piece of fruit, maybe also some nuts and seeds. In the in the afternoon, I might have a bliss ball, some vegetable sticks with nut butter or once again a piece of fruit. It’s pretty simple but it works for me.
I know a lot of you love having something yummy to take to work or to curb that 3pm sweet craving, so I thought it was about time that I got my butt into the kitchen to try and create something new and scrummy. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with how they turned out. I’m definitely more of a chef than a baker since I’m terrible at accurately measuring ingredients, and what I really enjoy is just trying new flavours and foods, which appears to have worked in my favour this time as my Oat Berry Bites are a hit!!
I always like my food to not only taste delicious, but also to tick off some of my many nutrient demands. One of the nutrient’s that I’m always tyring to eat more of is iron. I feel that lately I’ve been a little slack in this area and have just been focusing on easy meals, but after my recent blood test came back with lower levels than I would like, I knew I needed to step up my game and be more conscious of where this essential mineral is coming from.
I want to highlight, that if you’re on a vegan diet, it is really important to get your blood tested regularly to check for nutrient deficiencies. Our levels can change all the time and sometimes even when we feel really great and full of energy, we might be slipping in some areas, well that’s definitely what I found out.
Anyway, this led me to reassess all the iron rich foods in my diet and I realised I could be stepping it up a bit with a few of them. Fast forward a few days and I’m pulling out these delicious oat berry bites from the oven and finding yet another way to sneak iron rich dried apricots, almond butter and pumpkin seeds into my diet. It’s these little things that will make a big difference to your health and ensure that you’re giving your body everything it needs to be it’s best.
So if your vegan and wanting an easy and delicious way to boost your iron levels, or perhaps you’re just wanting something yummy that you take to work for a little afternoon snack, then you definitely need to give my oat berry bites a go.
If you do get around to whipping them up, I’d love to know so don’t forget to tag @reneesextonwellness or even just leave a comment below.
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See you next week lovelies, and happy baking xx
Oat Berry Bites
Prep time 5 minutes // Cooking time 25 minutes
Makes 15-16 Cookies
These cookies will be very soft when scooping them into balls so please don’t worry if you find them hard to roll. Once they’re cooked and cooled down, they will harden.
- 2 cups of Organic Chantal Rolled oats
- ½ cup of desiccated coconut
- 1 tsp of Chantal Organic Cinnamon
- 1/3 cup of Chantal Organic Pumpkin Seeds
- ½ cup of Chantal Whole Dried Apricots
- A pinch of pink hymalian sea salt
- 1/3 cup of Chantal Almond Butter (or any other nut or seed butter)
- 1/3 cup of Chantal Coconut oil (melted)
- 1/3 cup of Chantal Brown Rice Syrup
- 2 large Ripe Banana’s
- 1/3 cup of Organic Frozen or Fresh Blueberries
- Turn your oven onto 170 fan bake and line a baking tray with baking paper.
- In a large bowl add the oats, desiccated coconut, cinnamon, pumpkin seeds, chopped apricots, pinch of salt and mix well.
- In a smaller bowl add the melted coconut oil, almond butter, rice syrup, blueberries and then gently mash the banana’s and add to the bowl.
- Combine both bowls and mix well.
- Scoop small amounts of the cookies onto your hand and gently roll in a circle before placing on the baking tray. Continue with the rest of the cookies until all the cookies are done. Finish them off by gently pressing them down with the back of a fork.
- Bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until golden and brown.
- Let them cool before transferring to an airtight container.
- They will be good for at least a week if kept in the fridge.