Probably one of the best times of year, it is strawberry season, hurrah!! these delicious juicy berries are abundant and brimming on every supermarket shelf by the punnet load.
This strawberry season I have collaborated with Harris Farm Markets and developed a recipe with these juicy fruits. You know how much I love incorporating seasonal produce, the more in season an ingredient is, the higher the contents of its nutrients are and the better it is for us. So get buying those strawbs, so much you can do with them. I am going to be writing a few more recipes to get you lovely lot inspired.
Some people believe that the name strawberry is derived from the habit of placing straw under the cultivated plants when the berries are ripening which keeps garden pests away!
These vegan friendly granola bars are made with no added refined sugar, the sweetness is a combination of dates and strawberries blitzed together to make a delicious sweet syrup folded into oats, roughly chopped assortment of mixed nuts and desiccated coconut and dollops of peanut butter. Finished off with finely chopped fresh strawberries stirred throughout. Popped in the oven for 30 minutes.
A perfect bar to make any night of the week, goes great packed into your lunch box for yourself or for the kids.
This is why this bar is nutritiously great for you too:
Strawberries are a lovely dose of vitamin C in their raw state, which is great for our immunity over winter and general cell health. These little chaps also act as antioxidants within our bodies, this means that they help control and destroy oxidising free radicals, which can cause many illnesses and diseases. Strawberries contain the mineral potassium which is essential for fluid and electrolyte balance in our body. Full of fibre which is great in aiding and helping our process of digestion.
Oats are brilliant slow release energy boosters, they are a great kick start your day. Containing a form of good soluble dietary fibre which can have beneficial effects (according to this book) on your cholesterol, blood pressure, blood glucose, satiety and your digestion.
Dates have a decent dose of potassium; this mineral is exceptionally good for fluid and electrolyte balance within cells throughout our bodies. These little jewels of goodness are a source of naturally formed sugar and a great alternative to sweetening almost anything. But they do have kilojoules, so keep an eye on how many you eat!
Nuts and seeds are some of the best forms of vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant on the body, it helps protect our cell membranes and can improve our immunity. Nuts also contain a dose of magnesium which really helps our body relax, it aids repair of our muscles and can also help us sleep well. A good dose of potassium for fluid and electrolyte balance. Containing calcium for your bones, teeth formation, heart beat and muscle function. A handful of raw nuts can help fend off mid-morning or afternoon sugar cravings, opt for these instead of that choccie bar!