Every day at 3pm, I start yawning and every fibre in my body wants to take a nap.
It doesn’t matter what I’ve eaten, drunk or been doing. When the clock strikes 3, I need to sleep for me!
However the reality is normally it’s not possible to take a nap. What I can do though, is take a break, have a snack and a hot cup of tea or herbal to spring me back in to action. And that’s where these ultimate feel great flapjacks come in!
These flapjacks aren’t just for the afternoon slump, but for bike rides, breakfast on the go or even picnic nibbles!
They’re so good because:
- They taste delicious!
- They make use of cupboard ingredients and leftover bananas.
- They won’t make you feel sluggish afterwards.
Normally, ‘true’ flapjacks are made with a heavy dose of butter and golden syrup, which while amazing, I don’t want every day.
So instead of the butter and golden syrup, these flapjacks use British wildflower honey, ripe bananas and hazelnut butter for a twist!
- 250g oats (I use organic British but whatever you have. Just make sure they’re proper oats not ones pre-mixed with sugar.)
- 3 tbsp hazelnut butter
- 3 tbsp honey
- 3 ripe bananas blended or mashed until smooth
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 3 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- Oven pre-heated to 160°C/140°C Fan/325 F/Gas Mark 3
- 20cm x 20cm eco-silicone cake tray or a metal one lined with a little oil and baking parchment
Let’s get baking!
- Put your saucepan over a low heat and add the hazelnut butter, oil and honey. Stir.
- Once the above has melted together, add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
- Tip the mixture in to your tray and level with a wooden spoon or spatula.
- Bake for 40 to 50mins or until golden. Leave to cool in the tray before slicing.
Musings from a chef…
When it comes to flapjacks, you often see recipes substituting honey and sugar to stevia or maple etc to make it ‘healthier’.
For me, food first and foremost, should taste amazing! So try not to swap ingredients in the recipe. Make use of the delicious honey we have here in Britain because there’s nothing wrong with it nutritionally or otherwise and it’s better to support local producers not only for them, but for the environment.
I truly believe once you start eating proper food or ‘whole food’ in a balanced way, you don’t need to worry about ‘being healthy’ because you already are.
So enjoy these feel great flapjacks because they’re little oaty champions!