Autumn snacks…the healthy kind.

Shorter days, longer nights, that slight nip in the air…yep…it’s officially Autumn. With summer just a distant memory, many of us find ourselves wrapped up in a slanket (greatest invention since sliced bread), with a giant mug full of tea and a packet of choccy bickies. And although tasty, there are other autumnal treats and flavours that you can have that are just that little bit healthier.

Spiced Apple Crisps

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Like regular crisps but healthy, these spiced apple crisps are quick and super easy to make and they cost a fraction of the price of a small bag of dried fruit. All that’s needed for this recipe is two Granny Smith apples and cinnamon.

  1. Heat the oven to 160°/ gas mark 3. Core the apple first and slice it into very thin slices (around 1 – 2mm thick.) Dust with cinnamon and lay flat on a baking sheet lined with grease proof paper.
  2. Cook for 45 mins – 1 hour, turning halfway through and removing any crisps that have turned brown. Continue cooking until the apples have dried out and are a light golden.
  3. Cool and enjoy!

Only 90 calories and 1 of your 5 a day. What are you waiting for? Get slicing!

Cinnamon Granola Bars

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Okay, so that last recipe was pretty easy…maybe too easy, so if you fancy a bit more of a challenge, try our next recipe.

Ingredients

  • 60g butter, softened
  • 230g packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 460g porridge oats
  • 230g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 115g of raisins

Process

  1. Line an 11 inch x 7 inch baking dish with grease proof paper and rub with a little softened butter to prevent sticking. Pre-heat the oven at 180° / gas mark 3.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar together until crumbly. Add the egg and beat well, then stir in flaxseed and honey.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the oats, flour, cinnamon and baking soda; stir into creamed mixture until blended. Gently stir in the raisins.
  4. Press into an 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 180° for 14-18 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned. Lightly score and cool on a wire rack.
  5. Cut up into bars and enjoy!

Why not give these recipes a go and send us your attempts via twitter, facebook or instagram! We’d love to see how yours turn out.

Images: Apple Crisps / Cinnamon bars

 

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