Introducing Monica Mango!! She loves all things about healthy lifestyles, that means being healthy on the inside and the outside.
Each newsletter Monica Mango will share a new recipe to try at home. She’d love to see some of the recipes tried and packed for school. If you can show the yumminess in your ‘munchbox’ at school, we’ll take a photo and put it on the school Facebook page. (At the end of the term each person who has a photo taken will go in the draw to win a special little surprise). Happy cooking!!
Eating well and being active are critical to children’s health and wellbeing.
Research indicates that eating well and being active are critical to children’s health and wellbeing in both the short and long term. They also have a direct impact on children’s performance at school.
The school day is busy, filled with learning, concentration and physical activity. Food is fuel for our bodies and healthy food provides your child with energy and nutrients to get them through the day. Children should eat a wide range of foods so that they have the energy for learning and growing.
This weeks’ recipe is a great snack for the lunchbox and perfect for helping hands too!
Banana, coconut and oat bars
5 large ripe bananas
4 cups of oats
3 tablespoons of water
¼ cup moist coconut flakes
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until combined.
Line a square baking tray (a 25x25cm size would be ideal) with baking paper and evenly spread the ingredients until the mixture is about 2cm thick.
Cook in the oven for 25minutes or until lightly golden.
Let the bar cool completely before cutting with a sharp knife to your desired size.
Notes: if you want them a bit sweeter, you could add 2tablespoons of honey. You can also add in any other ingredients you might like too (like diced dates, sultanas, dried apricots dried apple)
Recipe credit @munchy_lunchies