I promised you some ideas for school lunch boxes this month and I have two recipes that make a change from sandwiches, chocolate bars or crisps and are ‘healthy’ as well. The flapjacks have no added sugar or sweeteners in them and the little tarts are full of vegetables and other goodies without being boring. Try them at tea time too, or for finger food at parties.
These very tasty flapjacks are sweetened only by the fruit in the recipe, and are really quick and easy to make. Vary the ingredients by adding your favourite dried fruit, different kinds of seeds and maybe a few chopped nuts. If you want to make it low fat, you could use vegetable oil instead of melted butter.
- 2 ripe bananas
- 75g butter, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 75g chopped dates
- 75g dried cranberries
- 25g mixed dried seeds
- 150g rolled oats
- Pre-heat the oven to 175°C (160°C fan assisted, gas mark 4). Grease a tray-bake tin with butter or oil.
- Slice the bananas into a bowl and mash with a fork or potato masher. Add the melted butter, dates, cranberries and seeds and mix together. Add the oats and stir well. Leave for a few minutes to allow the oats to soak up the butter, then turn into the tin and press down evenly.
- Bake for 25-30 mins or until the top is beginning to brown. Divide into 8-10 pieces with a sharp knife while still warm.