Recipes for writers - Healthy writing snacks

14 July 2015 / Leave a Comment
good brain food granola bars

Let me start this post by saying I think ‘snack’ is one of the ugliest sounding words in the English language. In any case, good food can be great fuel for writing and concentration. Rather than sitting at the keyboard gorging on dark chocolate, here’s a couple of sweet recipes I love making lately that contain food for the brain. They can also be healthy school snacks or work snacks, beach snacks or travel snacks … snack, snack, snack … yucky word, yummy food …

Granola bars

I tend to make these every second week. They probably have more butter and sugar than I'd usually like, but I like to think this is offset by the sunflower, pumpkin and chia seeds. They're great to keep in the fridge for up to a week.

100g butter
80g honey
90g brown sugar
40g chopped dried apricots
40g dried cranberries
20g sunflower seeds
20g pumpkin seeds
160g rolled oats
20g poppy seeds
30g chia seeds
1/2 tsp ground cinammon
pinch of sea salt or himalayan salt

  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius
  2. Melt butter, honey and sugar in a saucepan over low heat
  3. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl and pour over wet ingredients. Mix well.
  4. Pour into a lined baking tray. I like to use a large roasting dish, so the granola bar is thin and crispier.
  5. Cook for 30-40 mins until golden on top.
  6. Cool in tray and then cool completely on a rack before slicing and storing in a container in the fridge.

good brain food banana bread

Banana bread

I’m always excited when we have some browning bananas left in the fruit bowl. I make this every other week and keep half in the fridge and half in slices in the freezer for a rainy day.

¼ cup milk
6 tbsp melted coconut oil
6 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 bananas
2 cups flour (I use 1 cup plain spelt and 1 cup wholemeal spelt, but I've also used self-raising flour if I haven't had any spelt and works equally fine)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. sea salt
1 cup total of walnuts, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds
¾ cup dark chocolate buds

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius
  2. Line a loaf pan with baking paper
  3. Put the milk, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and bananas in a blender and blend until smooth, add nuts and seeds and blend until just chopped
  4. In a large bowl combine dry ingredients. Add banana mixture and combine using as few strokes as possible. Fold in chocolate.
  5. Pour into loaf pan and smooth the top. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean, approx 40-50 mins.

Adapted from My New Roots cozy banana bread recipe

Check out more RECIPES FOR WRITERS - best brain foods, including the life-changing crackers and almond and chia seed biscuits.


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