No more last-minute rush with these delicious make-ahead high-fibre snacks. By Margie Els-Burger and Nomvuselelo Mncube
30-day bran muffin mix
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup sunflower oil
- 2 tsp vanilla essence
- Pinch salt
- 2 cups wholewheat bran
- 125g packet sultanas
- ½ cup dates, finely chopped
- 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 2½ cups cake flour
- 2½ cups milk
- Beat together the eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla.
- Mix in the salt, bran, sultanas, dates and bicarb.
- Fold in the flour and milk, alternating. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed.
- Preheat oven to 180°C.
- Line 2 standard muffin trays with paper cases (as many as you want to bake).
- Stir the mixture before using (see tips). Fill the muffin cases until ¾ full.
- Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes until cooked when tested with a skewer. Cool on a wire rack.
- This mixture will keep in the fridge for up to 30 days. The mixture will thicken the longer it stands, so simply add extra milk as needed until the same consistency is reached.
- Alternatively, bake and freeze the cooled muffins (individually wrapped in plastic wrap) for up to one month. Defrost at room temperature.
No-bake chocolate seed bars
- 1/3 cup cacao powder
- 2 cups mixed seeds (like pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, poppy, flax and chia)
- 1 cup oats
- 10 fresh dates, pitted and finely chopped
- ¾ cup honey
- 2 tbsp sunflower oil
- Line a 20cm x 26cm tin with baking paper. Combine the cacao, seeds, oats and dates.
- Heat the honey and oil in a medium saucepan on high, stirring until bubbling. Working quickly, add the cacao mixture and stir to combine.
- Pour into the prepared tin and press down firmly, smoothing with the back of a spoon. Refrigerate for 1 hour, or until firm. Cut into 18 bars.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for two to three weeks.
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