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'Golden Bars'... Turmeric Granola bars (perfect 'back to school' snack!)

So turmeric is kind of a big deal at the moment in the health and wellness world... turmeric lattes and golden milk is now pretty much mainstream!

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I first made these bars a few months ago (when the photos were taken) and have since made them so many times with slight tweaks to the mix-ins depending on what I have to hand... they are perfect for festival food and camping trips, full of good nutrition, great sustenance for a mini meal or snack that keep you going for ages, and robust to pack!

I also realised they would be perfect for lunchboxes or after school snacks now back to school season has hit. Equally, they'd be great for breakfast-on-the-go, or a healthy mid morning/afternoon snack at work.

These were actually a spin on these amazing chocolate banana squares... featured in my 'Not Just For Goldilocks' ebookThey taste more dessert-like than snack like.

As all of my favourite recipes the variations really are endless- just be mindful to keep the proportions of wet and dry the same.

Tell me... what are you favourite 'back-to-school' or breakfast-on-the-go snacks?

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Recipe: Golden Granola Bars

Makes approx 12 squares


  • 2 cups water

  • 2 large mashed bananas

  • ¼ cup nut butter of choice

  • ¼ cup ground turmeric*

  • 2 ½ cups rolled oats

  • 1 packed chopped dried fruit (I find cranberries, dates, apricots best)

  • ¼ tsp black pepper (don’t omit as this activates the turmeric)

  • 2 tbs ground ginger or cinnamon (optional)

  • 1 cup chopped nuts and seeds

  • ½ cup cacao nibs or dark chocolate drops (not shown in this photos but are a great addition)

*or equivalent fresh turmeric root blended into the water


Blend the water with the bananas, nut butter and fresh turmeric (if using) until very smooth.

In a separate bowl mix together the remaining ingredients and then add the banana mix slowly, making sure the everything is fully coated (it’s easy to get pockets of dry pieces if you are not careful!). If the mixture is too thick, add a touch more water.

Note: taste test the mix before baking and add a little syrup/coconut sugar only if needed.

Spoon the mixture into lined and greased brownie tin so that it is approx 2cm thick. Press firmly and smooth the top. Bake at 180C for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. 

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Summer solstice... ebook special offer!

I'm just sitting outside in the beautiful sunshine on the summer solstice... when I had a thought.

I want to elaborate the longest day of the year and the summer solstice with you and so for 48 hours only I'm offering my 'Fit-Food' e-book at 50% off (that's only £3.50!)

50% off my ebook 'Fit-Food- The Plant Based Way'

when you enter the code  'SUMMER'  at the checkout.

You can buy it here!

It's the perfect companion to a healthy active lifestyle, packed with plant based recipes- breakfasts, main meals, beverages and sweets. Offering a lighter bite this summer time.

Get your grove on, get outside and power up plant-based stylee!

Pssst... extra news!

P.s I have more exciting collaborations and giveaways coming in the next few weeks and months as i'm teaming up with various companies I truly believe in, companies whose products I use on a daily basis... so I figured it was time to share the love with you too.

Watch this space!

Have a beautiful weekend!

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Matcha avocado crackers

Have you entered my teapigs give way yet!

Check out the give-away post here... you can win one of these 'Modern Matcha' kits by teapigs and the closing day is this Thursday- not long to go now!

This was one of my favourite matcha recipes, it was so simple and a great way to pep up an already health boosting snack. I had these avocado crackers with salad and it made the perfect  lunch to keep me going all afternoon. You could serve the avocado spread in any way you'd typically eat it... maybe slather it on a jacket potato or serve up in a  wrap!

For the crackers themselves I used homemade dehydrated quinoa crackers (recipe still needs a little tweaking before I post it) but you could also use rice cakes or oat cakes. For some other cracker ideas try these spelt crackersor these easy seedy crackers.

 Recipe: Matcha avocado crackers

Serves 2

  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 tsp (2 servings) of matcha powder
  • 2 tbs squeeze lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • crackers to spread the avocado mix on


Mash/mix everything together well and spread on top of the crackers.

Serve with a salad or whatever you fancy.

Eat immediately!

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Some changes and my book preview!

It's been a crazy few days finalising my e-book ready for launch at my seminar next week...but i think i'm finally there. It's being proof read as i speak (my eyes can barely see the words any more!!)

On another note I've have also spent some time updating the 'Getting Started' tab at the top of the page- with new content on 'tips and substitutions' and 'ingredients'. Let me know what you think and any ways I could make it even more user friendly and informative for regulars and newbies to the site, I will of course continue to update content over time.

Below is a little sneak preview of my book....  it will available to purchase through my Wholeplus site (and linked on here) as of next week. I'm so scared and excited!! 

I am also looking to make a few changes round here today (if it comes together) or in the next couple of days. Since I am looking to gear up my health coaching service and also since Wholeplus has become a much bigger part if my life in the last couple of months I want to integrate everything i do and offer in a much more user friendly way.... so i figured the answer could be to have a new landing page. When you first come to Including Cake you will not auto-default to the blog but instead a landing page with 'blog' being one of the options. Nothing changes except one extra 'click' to get to where you want to be, and hopefully it will all be much clearer.

It's hard to visualise properly without giving it a try, so there may be a few teething issues to start with. But please please give me your feedback as the changes happen as It's so important to me that the experience is as seamless and used friendly as possible for you all..... so please let me know what you think about everything I do, always! :-)


Right, I'll go now.... more recipes soon I promise!!  

(p.s this book has lots of new recipes that don't and will not feature on the blog... it's a mix of the best old and new!)

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