1 Jul 2016

Graze boxes : beyond the snacking

I love Graze boxes and over the past 4 years or so I have dipped in and out of graze boxes - and forming a strong love for their flapjacks (so so good!!) but the team at Graze presented me with a challenge to use the yummy snack packs in other ways, beyond the opening and consuming in one gulp (if you are anything like me!!)

First up - and as mentioned a favorite of mine. These Banana Protein flapjacks. The flapjacks all come cut into three pieces and to make my flapjack fix last longer than one hit, I used one a day and sprinkled it on top of my overnight oats.

To make my oats I use a 1/3 cup of rolled oats, 1/3 cup of coconut milk, 2-3 tablespoons of fat free yogurt (Greek style is my fave!) then mix this together. In the morning I add two scoops of frozen mixed berries on top - and for this week a sprinkle of flapjack. By the time I have made the school and nursery drop offs and arrived at work - the berries have defrosted enough to be soft, but its still all cold enough. This is my daily work week breakfast. Usually accompanied with a hot mug of tea (my 3rd cup of the day!) and a fruit salad or banana.
Second up was the pack of mixed nuts - which included hazelnuts, almonds and walnuts. Now in this house most weeks we are left with a few browning bananas - which means most weeks a banana bread reciep is on the cards. To this weeks offering I whizzed up the pack of cuts in the food processor and added the nut dust into the mixture.
For the recipe I used 2 ripe bananas mixed together with 250g caster sugar. Mixed until smooth. Added 2 eggs and then whisked in 140g of stork butter. Then stir in 250g plain flour, 2 tsp of baking powder and the nut dust. Bake in the oven on 190c for about 1 hour. 

It made a lovely yummy cake and a would be a nice breakfast alternative with the banana and nuts - kids enjoyed it too!! 
Finally I made some Summertime Punch scones - and these were super good!! I used Sarah Flowers Busy Mums cookbook (honestly all kinds of awesome cookbook!) as the base recipe. I chopped up the dried strawberries, pineapple and coconut in the snack pack with scissors and made it the rest of the 50g with some raisins. 
Also I had not buttermilk - instead I did 100ml of full fat milk with a generous squeeze of lemon in. Do that first before cracking on with the rest to let the milk thicken slightly. The recipe made up a decent sized batch - instead of sprinkling with sugar I dusted them with some desiccated coconut to enace that tropical feel to them. 
A very quick and simple way to use up those snack packs - I had imagined these tropical scones filled with some lemon curd and clotted cream. Alas that never happen, but splitting them and with a good spread of butter alongside a cup of tea - its not too shabby.

Thinking about these fantastic little snack packs in other ways definitely got me thinking outside the box!! And don't forget if you have never tried Graze before you can sign up and use the Reward code  Z9J2J6WMP to get your 1st, 5th and 10th box FREE!!




4 comments:

  1. I have tried Graze before, they are great little snack packs to keep you going while out and about. I haven't used them in baking before but your recipes look scrummy.
    Amanda. #kcacols

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  2. I used to get Graze boxes for a while, but stopped because there was too much unhealthy stuff and I would hoover them down in a nanosecond. Love your recipes, I would never have thought of doing something like that with the boxes. Maybe I will give them another try. #KCACOLS

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  3. I haven't heard of Graze before, so I'm not sure if they have it here in the U.S., but it sure does look tasty and like it might fit into just about any recipe! I have a friend who lives in Edinburgh, maybe I could get her to send me some! Do you know if they have gluten-free options? #KCACOLS

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  4. I have heard of graze but never used them as I am probably the fussiest eater in the world! (Actually no, that's my son!) These recipes looks delicious though!And I love the sound of those overnight oats! Thanks so much for linking up to #KCACOLS we really hope you come back again on Sunday xx

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