The Sweet Swap is new online event hosted by Amanda and Sara where treats are baked and swapped (sent via post) to other food blogger participants. This is the first year this event has rolled out (and let’s hope this is the first of many years to come). All proceeds for registering go to ChildFund Australia.
The rules are simple:
1. Register to participate
2. Receive 3 random names by admin
3. Make your treats
4. Send your treats to your matches
5. Wait by the mailbox for your packages
6. Share your experience
I had plenty of ideas running through my head – macarons, slices and muffins, especially. I did in fact prepare something and as I was ready to send them I realised it was a Friday and my recipients would not get them until Monday. I was worried they would be stale/off/not fresh as it would sit who knows where over the weekend. So, I decided to scrap it :(
After reassessing things, I really wanted to make something that represents me. I’m quite the exercise fanatic so I thought a healthy snack would be the way to go. I love to eat guilt-free and thought many others would too. Healthy doesn’t always mean tasteless and boring.
So here’s something I created. It is something that is so easy to adapt with endless optional add ins, and something that is so simple it starts with a basis of 3 ingredients, yes three ingredients.
Banana Oat Bars
2 large ripe bananas
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Optional additions: flax seeds, chia seeds, protein powder, peanut butter, chocolate chips, dried fruit, vanilla, honey, cinnamon etc.
My additions were
1/2-3/4 cup hazelnuts roughly chopped
1 tsp vanilla paste
Melted dark chocolate to drizzle over the bars
- Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
- Line a lamington/slice tin with baking paper
- Mash the bananas in a bowl until all lumps removed (almost liquid like) and mix in vanilla (if using)
- Stir in oats and nuts until well combined
- Spread mixture evenly in tray and press down firmly with fingers or the back of a spoon
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden around the edges
- Cool for 5 minutes in the tray, before transferring to a cooling rack
- Slice up in sizes to your liking and drizzle (or not) with melted dark chocolate
As I sent my goodies out, I also received some. It was super exciting coming home to a parcel not knowing what was inside and who it was from (that didn’t sound so creepy in my head)
The Sweet Swap #1 – Italian Pistachio, Waltnut & Coconut Nougat from Chew Town
One of the co-hosts, Amanda, baked and shared something she held so close to her heart. This nougat was the best nougat I’ve ever eaten. It was chewy and full of goodies. The only nougat I’ve eaten prior to this is the hard packet stuff and I was never a fan. This however, was delightful. Even the Boy loved it (he demolished half to himself). Thank you, Amanda.
The Sweet Swap #2 – Chocolate Coated Caramels from Soft n Stiff Peaks
Eileen beautifully packed up some chocolate coated caramels. The chocolate coat added a lovely texture. They were slightly soft by the time I received it but nothing time in the fridge couldn’t fix. I couldn’t stop at one, I just kept going. Thank you, Eileen.
The Sweet Swap #3 – Chocolate, Rum & Raisin Fudge and Vanilla Fudge from Nic Cooks
Nic shared with me 2 types of fudge – choc, rum & raisin and vanilla. They had the right amount of sweetness which kept me going back for more – they were so addictive and so easy to eat! I normally find fudge extremely rich and sweet having only tiny pieces at a time. Not in this case. Was glad these babies survived the warm weather because I would have been devastated otherwise. Thank you, Nic.
So that wraps up my experience of The Sweet Swap. It was fun, hilarious and entertaining reading all the tweets/instagram posts about packaging up the goods, receiving the goods, eating the goods and wondering where packages were (lost in transit or if the postman ate it). I can definitely say it has been a positive experience and I would gladly participate in it again.
Big thank yous, hugs and claps to go Amanda & Sara, the co-hosts of The Sweet Swap.
Looking forward to it again next year :)