For 12 years of my life, I was subjected to extreme cruelty. Don’t worry it’s not like I had a tear-jerking childhood or anything. Just that, for 12 years, while I was in school, I was woken up at 6.00 AM each day. (Told you, no sad story unveiling. Also, I am an exaggeration queen at times!).
So, school would begin at 8.40 AM and the school bus would arrive at the bus stop at 8.15. School was not that far and the bus stop was just at a 5 minute distance (walking). Now you may wonder so why 6.00 AM? Well, I took all of 20 minutes to get ready and the rest of the time, I just spent eating breakfast. Yes! Almost an hour and a half every day to just eat my breakfast. I was, and still am a rather slow eater. Just to put into perspective how slow, let’s just say, people are planning dinner and I am still finishing my lunch!
During school my mom didn’t really have the time to fix me a fancy breakfast or anything (she was working too) and she got extremely irritated with my prolonged breakfast routine. So she came up with a masterplan. She cut down my breakfast by half and in a foil would wrap dry fruits and give me, so I could eat them on the way to school, not be hungry, and yet have quite a nutritious breakfast. Brilliant!
Then again, if you wrap dry fruits in a foil and give it to your kids today, you should be prepared for a stare that would make you feel guiltier than if you had not made them any breakfast at all! But then again, how do you manage it all and make sure you child eats well and eats right?
Worry not, the tiffin series is here to your rescue. Recipes that you can make with your children, in advance. Recipes that are quick, yummy to say the least, filling, quirky and interesting. Recipes that you and your kids will love to make and will enjoy devouring. Recipes that can be packed and will look attractive, will be tasty and will keep your worries away.
So, here’s presenting the breakfast bar. A simple, easy and delicious bar packed with goodness, that your child will love to carry to school and will save you a whale of time.
What you’ll need
2 cups of mixed nuts (cashew, almond, pistachios, whatever you can lay your hands on)
A handful of sunflower seeds and flaxseeds
1 cup of grated coconut
2 tsp of poppy seeds
3/4th cup of honey
1 tsp salt
1 Zip lock bag
- First up, roast the seeds (including poppy seeds), either in an oven or on a pan. I prefer roasting them on a pan since I can control the heat and desired level of roasting.
- Next into the zip lock bag, add the nuts. Take the air out of the bag and secure the zip lock.
- Now for the most therapeutic part. Actually, this part will be fun for your child to execute. Take a rolling pin, and bash the bag until the nuts are crushed. This process is fun for your kids, but can also be good for you to release some tension! Ideally, one would suggest chop the nuts, but I am quite lazy and prefer this quick bashing instead.
- Now in a mixing bowl, add the crushed nuts, roasted seeds and grated coconut. Add salt and mix so the salt is spread evenly.
- Heat the honey, so it flows easily and pour the heated honey into the mixing bowl. Mix well, so it is all well combined.
- Line a baking tray with butter paper. Preferably 1 single sheet. Make sure you get the edges of the tray too.
- Pour the mixture into the lined tray. Press down firmly to make sure there are no air pockets and the mixture is spread tight and evenly.
- Bake in a pre-heated over for 20 mins at 200 degrees.
- Once done, take it out and leave it to cool. Once fairly cold, cut them into bars, wrap them with butter paper and secure with the twine. Done!
- Get your kids to do all the bashing and mixing. They will love it. But make sure you supervise.
- They can also do the spreading of the mixture in the baking tray. Get them to put all to their strength into making sure there are no air bubbles.
- Use a square baking tray for best results.
- If you have trouble in placing the butter paper, very lightly oil the tin and the paper will stick to it.
- You can also add chopped dried fruits like cranberries, blueberries, dates and apricots, or any other fruit of your choice.
This is a fabulous option to give your kids for breakfast on the go, or pack in tiffins for their break time. It’s filling and extremely nutritious. When they are involved in the process of making it, it somewhat becomes a proud possession for them as well, and something they’d want to show off to their friends. They look good and taste even better. And they will last for up to 2 weeks when stored in an air tight container.
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