It’s no secret that I love carbs. Cereal, porridge, cookies, cake, pasta. All of the brown foods. At any time of the day. You name it, I probably really bloody love it (though I’m actually not a fan of pizza at all, don’t shoot me). But being coeliac, it can be so difficult sometimes to find alternatives to the above foods that won’t have me hanging over the toilet bowl or bedbound for days in chronic pain. So when I do manage to scout out those alternatives, you best believe I’ll be shouting about them.
I’ve been fortunate enough to work with Nutri-Brex on a number of projects in the past, a brand whose cereal pretty much features in my daily diet (if not for breakfast then either as an afternoon snack or for midnight munchies) and who when they first approached me, I almost squealed because it couldn’t have been a more perfect match. Fast forward a year or so and the brand have expanded their product range to include granola, that heavenly golden crumbly nutty sweet delicious food that very much proves my lack of willpower. I eat that stuff by the bagful. Really.
And I can’t get enough. The Nutri-Brex 5 Ways Granola comes in 2 delicious flavours: Honey, Almonds & Seeds and Hazelnut, Coconut & Quinoa. My favourite is definitely the coconut and quinoa variation but they’re both SO good and dangerously more-ish. So when Nutri-Brex challenged me to create my own recipes using the granola in different ways, I jumped at the opportunity. The featured recipes are all favourites of mine that I create and enjoy regularly, so why not share them with you?
I created these specifically with an “on the go” lifestyle in mind, as I’m often rushing between meetings and shoots and always have snacks/smoothies/sweet pick-me-ups to hand in case I get peckish. Though warning: try not to pack more than a few baked goods at a time or you will end up eating them all (unless you have willpower of steel).
Nutri-Brex Date & Peanut Butter Granola Bars
You will need:
(For 9 small square bars)
100g pitted dates
75g Nutri-Brex Hazelnut, Coconut & Quinoa 5 Ways Granola
50g unsalted almonds
35g smooth peanut butter
50ml almond milk (or milk of your choice)
- Process dates in a food processor until very small bits remain, forming a sticky dough-like consistency
- Toast your granola and almonds on a baking tray for 10-15 minutes at 170 degrees until they turn slightly golden brown (this is an optional step but I love the toasted flavour)
- Place dates, almonds and granola in a mixing bowl and set aside
- On a low heat, warm the almond milk and peanut butter in a small saucepan. Gently stir with a wooden spoon until it reaches a paste-like consistency. Then pour over the granola mixture and stir thoroughly to even out the ingredients
- Once mixed, transfer to a small baking dish (preferably lined with parchment paper so that you can lift them out easily, a mistake I learned the hard way)
- Press down firmly on the mixture with a wooden spoon to flatten it out and create an even spread
- Cover the baking dish with parchment paper or plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 15-20 minutes (if you choose to use the fridge instead, leave for around 30 minutes)
- Remove set mixture from the baking dish and cut/chop into 9 even small squares. Store in an airtight container to keep them fresh for a few days (though I’ve never made a batch last longer than 24 hours, fact)
These little squares of goodness are probably my favourite thing to make with the Nutri-Brex 5 Ways Granola. With just 5 simple ingredients, they are super quick and easy to make and they taste incredible. They’re the perfect snack for on-the-go, filling a hole and satisfying my sweet tooth at the same time.
Nutri-Brex Fruit, Nut & Chocolate Parfait
You will need:
(For 1 large parfait)
200g of soya yoghurt (or yoghurt of your choice)
½ punnet of blueberries (around 100g)
Handful of strawberries (around 100g)
Handful of unsalted almonds
50g Nutri-Brex Honey, Almonds & Seeds 5 Ways Granola
1/3 standard size chocolate bar (I used a Tesco Free From chocolate bar)
Admittedly, there isn’t really a “recipe” for a parfait but I’ve popped a few simple steps to follow below!
- Start by creating a bottom layer in the jar with your yoghurt of choice (my bottom layer was 100g of soya yoghurt)
- Create a layer of granola, fruit, nuts and chocolate by using half of the ingredients you have prepared. Sprinkle/spoon it into the jar so that it sits on top of the yoghurt
- Use the remainder of the yoghurt to create a third layer (perhaps use a little less than for the bottom layer as I often make mine too heavy and then the layers aren’t as defined)
- Repeat step 2 but use this layer as your top layer, perhaps decorating with bigger fruit pieces or more chocolate
Of course you can add more layers if you wish, though I find around 4 is the perfect amount to really enjoy the flavours – and to not overload each spoonful!
This recipe is one I tend to use when I have a spare 10 minutes in the evening before bed, to prepare for an “on the go” breakfast if I know I’ve got to be up and out of the house early the next morning. I’ll then pop it in the fridge and enjoy it on the train en route to a meeting. It’s filling and nutrient dense, keeping hunger at bay until lunchtime.
Nutri-Brex Green Smoothie
You will need:
1 medium banana
1 tablespoon of peanut butter
150ml of almond milk (or milk of your choice)
Handful of spinach
2 tablespoons of Nutri-Brex Hazelnut, Coconut & Quinoa 5 Ways Granola
1 tablespoon of vegan protein powder (optional)
And for this one, there really is no recipe! Just place all the ingredients into your blender and whizz up into a deliciously smooth and nutritious smoothie.
I’ll often pop this into a beaker and either drink it en route to a meeting or sometimes I’ll leave it in my bag and have it as a mid-morning snack when I’m out and about. Though I do prefer to drink it ice-cold so I enjoy it more when it’s straight out of the fridge!
This is the definitely the quickest recipe to follow so probably the one I have most often, as I’m always running late in a morning. It’s actually probably my favourite thing to have first thing too, there’s something about a fresh cold smoothie that makes me feel like I’m starting the day right. Just me?
So those are my top 3 recipes for Nutri-Brex 5 Ways Granola – my most used and most loved. But there are so many different ways you can enjoy it. I also love soaking it with almond milk to make porridge but that definitely isn’t as photogenic as the above recipes (priorities).
Have you tried Nutri-Brex 5 Ways Granola before? How do you enjoy yours? I’d love to hear your own recipes!
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Nutri-Brex.