Word on the grapevine is that Emily Smith makes food worth talking about, with a genuine love for creating food for others using healthy, nutritious products and produce - it's obvious as to why.
Emily currently produces recipes for organic supermarket Flannery's and works as a Nanny where she gets to cook with some very tough critics - the kids! With plenty of winning recipes under her belt there are always a few that don't go down a treat. However, there is one key takeaway she tells us in getting kids to thoroughly enjoy food and it's by getting them involved.
"Involving the kids makes a world of difference in how much they enjoy the food and teaches them valuable lessons they can start to use themselves. In my experience children are so proud of something they have produced they are more inclined to enjoy the snack (this is great, especially when they are getting so much nutrients out of them). In the recipe [below], I have included multiple ways in which they can be involved!"
One of the recipes Emily has shared with us (which we can't stop talking about now) are these Nut-Free School Bars, the perfect type of snack to have on hand and a whole lot of fun for little ones to help you make.
Nut-Free School Bars
Makes: 8 bars
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
- 1 ½ cups oats
- ½ cup desiccated coconut
¼ cup Pepitas
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- ¼ cup raisins
¼ LSA meal
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup honey*
* Can replace honey with maple or rice malt syrup if preferred, only give honey to children over the age of one.
* Get kids to help with measuring and pouring.
* Include the children by letting them decide what shape they want their bars to be! You could create them into cookie shapes as well.
- Pre-heat oven 180 degrees
- Place all dry ingredients in food processor or blender – pulse until desired consistency (I find that kiddies enjoy more when the seeds are more ground but if you prefer more solid, chunky textures you do not need to blend at all just combine in a bowl). Set aside in mixing bowl.
- Heat coconut oil & honey in a saucepan until they form a smooth liquid.
- Combine wet and dry ingredients & form desired shapes (bars, cookies etc.) on a lined baking tray
- Cook for 10 -15 mins or until golden brown.