Today we are joined by guest blogger Tracey Davidson, founder of Adventure Snacks, who shares how her business started and why she created healthy baking mixes for busy families. She also shares with us one of their fabulous recipes – Choc Cranberry Oat Bars.
Healthy Baking Mixes
I came up with the idea for a healthy baking mix range when my son, Oscar, was 2. I was constantly on the lookout for healthy snacks to give him, but at the time, what was available in supermarkets really wasn’t very good – everything was super processed and lacked any real nutrition.
Around this time I also started learning all about food and what’s really in a lot of pre-packaged food, like additives and preservatives, and the effect this has on kids. So I was making a lot of snacks from scratch so that I knew exactly what was in them and also so I could add extra nutrition via wholesome ingredients and hidden veggies.
Baking from scratch
Baking from scratch can be quite time-consuming, especially when also wrangling a toddler, and often I’d find a good recipe and then not have every ingredient in the house. I figured there had to be an easier way, so when I couldn’t find anything suitable on the market I decided to take the plunge and develop the range myself!
The mixes are all designed with busy families in mind. All the hard work has been done, you just add a few easy wet ingredients and away you go. Literally all it takes is a few minutes and they’re in the oven! And there’s something really homely about freshly baked goods, so this is a way to still get that but without all the fuss.
Natural & Organic Ingredients
In terms of what’s in the mixes, I aim to use ingredients that are as close to the source as possible, with as little processing as possible. That way the snacks are actually a lot more filling and satisfying then something which is essentially empty calories. And I love hiding veggies wherever I can – I figure, if a child is going to eat a cookie, it may as well be with the added goodness of carrot! I also choose to use mostly organic ingredients, simply because then I know they are as pure as possible (with no nasty pesticide residues) and organic farming is also a lot better for the environment.
Perfect for school lunchboxes
Something my customers really like about my products is that you can freeze them. Whether they need snacks for toddlers or for school lunchboxes, they can make up a batch or two in one go and then freeze them so they always have something healthy and delicious on hand.
The beauty of a baking mix (over pre-packed snacks) is their versatility – want to make it dairy-free? No worries! Want to add some dried fruit or drizzle chocolate on top? Go for it! Here, I’ve used the Cacao Nib Muesli Bar Mix as the base for a seriously yummy chocolate treat!
Choc-Cranberry Oat Bars
- 1x 375g Adventure Snacks Cacao Nib Muesli Bar Mix
- ½ Cup Water
- 1/3 Cup Coconut oil
- 80g Honey
- 1/3 Cup Dried Cranberries
Raw Chocolate Layer
- ½ Cup Coconut Oil
- 5 Tbsp Cacao Powder
- 5 Tbsp Maple Syrup
- 1 Pinch of Salt
- Line a rectangular baking tray with baking paper, covering all sides.
- Add all ingredients for the bottom layer to a bowl and mix until well combined.
- Pour mixture into the prepared tin and press down very firmly and evenly.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown on the edges.
- Let slice cool completely in the tin.
- Once the slice is cool, mix all chocolate layer ingredients in a bowl.
- Spread chocolate evenly over the top of the slice and allow it to harden in the fridge (for at least 1 hour).
- Remove the slice from the tin, cut into desired sized bars, and enjoy! Store bar in the fridge or freezer so the raw chocolate doesn’t melt.
Tracey Davidson is the founder of Adventure Snacks, and enjoys yoga, pilates and spending time with her family. You can find out more about Adventure Snacks over on their website, Facebook & Instagram.