Friday, 12 April 2013

Vanilla seeds and berries

healthy vanilla seed snack
A little while ago I decided to try my hand at making a healthy snack, after being inspired by my Graze box which included vanilla pumpkin and sunflower seeds! I think these would be great added to cereal or yoghurt in the morning as well.
Ingredients:
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Goji Berries
  • Vanilla pod
  • Honey
Pour out some honey into a bowl, then scrape out the seeds of the vanilla pod and mix in.  Now mix in your seeds and goji berries. Cover a pan in baking paper and spread out your seeds evenly as above. As I used an Aga rather than a conventional oven I can't really tell you what temperature to set the oven to.  Just make sure you keep an eye on them, they probably won't take much longer than 10 minutes. Be careful the goji berries don't burn, mine were getting very close!  

One mistake which i made was to leave them out to cool on the baking paper. When I came back they were completely stuck to the paper and I couldn't get them off! Luckily, after popping them back in the Aga for a minute the honey eased up and I was able to scrape them off easily into a bowl. This time I made sure I stirred and broke them up while they cooled. It didn't take long! And I found this to be the best way of separating them.

They were pretty tasty! Next time I think I will use a milder honey to let the vanilla flavour come through more. Also, perhaps I will add the goji berries later, as they took the least time to cook.
PS. Don't put them in the fridge! The honey's consistency will change and you will end up with a bit of a gloopy sticky mess.

Laura xXx

7 comments:

  1. Om nom nom. I just wanted to let you know I made a (super simple) smoothie for breakfast this morning- banana, strawberry, and yoghurt. It wasn't nearly as pretty as yours have been though. I clearly need to invest in some new glasses :p xxx

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    1. The glasses do make all the difference! I am terrified i will break one of mine now though, they are so precious! :)

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  2. Ooh yum, I really like the Graze vanilla seeds so will have to try your recipe. No goji berries though, ick! X

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    1. I'm not a huge fan of Goji Berries either to be honest, but i try to add them to stuff when i can because i know they are meant to be super healthy. Perhaps this recipe would have been better without them though :/ x

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  3. Yum yum!!! Fantastic ideas on the blog, I'll be sure to use them!! :)

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    1. Thanks Andrew! Hope all is well with you! I see you have a life guard qualification! Awesome!

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