Festival season is very nearly upon us and with that in mind I’m already thinking about what to take in my festival food hamper! I’ve been going to Latitude for the last couple of years, but healthy eating and partying and drinking for 4 days straight don’t really go hand in hand! So, I’ve been making simple snacks that I can take with me, in the hope of avoiding temptation whilst there, there are often far too many fast food and not so healthy snacks on offer. Although festivals are generally improving their variety of foods on offer, and starting to get on board with the foodie lifestyle trend, and I’m sure this year there will be more on offer in the way of gluten free options and healthy foodie vans, I still like to be prepared! It’s also great to take some home cooked stuff just to save a bit of money, as festival food can be SO expensive, so this is a great way to stay a little healthier, whilst also saving a bit of dollar each day!
So over the next few months, in the lead up to July / August UK festivals I’ll post my top transportable snacking recipes to make and take with you, starting with my Granola Bars below.
AND in the meantime…. Here’s few snacking-saviour ideas, that you can buy off the shelf:
- NUTS – you know how I love them, and my motto goes..if all else fails eat nuts!
- Pumpkin seeds
- Medjool dates – keep them in a cool place, preferably not in the heat of the sun in your sleeping bag!
- Kallo Rice cakes
- Pop corn – cooked in coconut oil & sea salt bagged up for a few days serving
Gnaws Granola Bars
- 1 cup oats
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 3 heaped tablespoons date sauce OR 10 dates soaked in water overnight
- 3 tablespoons goji berries
- 10 brazil nuts chopped (or nuts of your choice)
- 2 tablespoons honey OR maple syrup
- 2 Hemps seeds (optional – they add a nice crunch)
- 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds (optional)
- Pre heat oven to 170 degrees and line a baking tray with baking paper
- Put all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix well
- Make sure the date syrup is evenly spread between the mixture (as this is what makes it stick together)
- Spread evenly in onto your baking tray and squash down with a spatula so that its compact.
- Bake in the oven for around 35 – 40 minutes, check half way to make sure the top doesn’t burn.
- When its golden brown and starting to harden take out of the oven and cut into slices straight away, they will continue to harden once out of the oven.
- Pack in tin foil once cool and you’re all set for healthy festie snacking!