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Hello and welcome to the MAIA well co. blog. This is a space to share updates and news on all the things we love, including healthy recipes, pilates, wellness travel, events and any ideas or recommendations of new healthy restaurants, gorgeous studios or other lovely places to visit in London and around the world. 

We’re in mid-March and it’s been snowing this week (I mean, really?!), so I thought I’d share one of my favourite healthy, nutritious and delicious snack recipes which you can enjoy warmed up with a cup of your favourite tea by the fire. Many of the ‘healthy’ snack bars you may find in supermarkets are often filled with hidden sugars and other unnecessary ingredients, so as always, we recommend making your own at home so you know exactly what’s inside them. And these take only 5 minutes to prepare so no excuses! Hope you like them and as always, we’d love to hear your feedback. 

Now, before we go into the recipe, I wanted to share a few details of our first MAIA well co. Pilates event! 

 

SAVE THE DATE

Monday 30th April, 6-7pm. We will be running a balancing and restorative Pilates class in a secret location in central London. There will be plant based elixirs to enjoy after the class, healthy nibbles and some natural face masks to take home with you. There will be very limited spaces available, so make sure you put the time in your diary and we will be announcing tickets on our Instagram page soon (@maia.wellco). 

Onto the recipe... 

 

CHIA AND COCONUT GRANOLA BARS

Ingredients (to make 14 oat bars): 

180g oats (I use Waitrose Dutchy organic whole rolled oats)

1 banana (large)

2 tbsp chia seeds

75g shredded coconut

2 tbsp runny nut butter (recommend Pip & Nut) 

75ml coconut oil

Pinch of sea salt

Half tsp ground cinnamon

Handful of chopped walnuts (optional)

 

Method: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Melt the coconut oil on the hob until it turns to liquid. In the meantime, chop up the banana and mix/blend in food processor to form a paste. 
  2. Mix the banana paste with the oats, chia seeds, coconut, cinnamon and sea salt so all the oats are evenly coated. 
  3. Add the melted coconut oil to the oat mixture and mix, again ensuring all oats are coated. 
  4. Mix in the nut butter (I use the Coconut & Almond butter from Pip & Nut for a bit of sweetness). 
  5. Line a baking tray with coconut oil and then pour in the mixture, pressing it down flat so the flapjacks are approx. 2cm in height. 
  6. Put the tray in the oven for approx. 20-25 minutes - you want them to go a nice golden brown colour, so keep an eye on them and leave in the oven for longer if required. 
  7. Let them cool down and cut into granola bar size. 
  8. Serve with a drizzle of nut butter on top and enjoy!