Thanks to numerous strict diets and healthy eating plans, most people think that healthy foods are boring and bland and that all sweets are banned. This is not true. First of all, nothing should be banned – that only leads to failure and the typical cycle of going from being ‘really good’ to ‘really bad’. That’s a very unhealthy relationship with food. When you have a healthy relationship with food, you don’t label foods as good or bad or you don’t have a list of banned foods. You eat what you want but 95% of the time you want healthy stuff (this probably sounds impossible but it’s not, it happens naturally).

I have a sweet tooth, as do most of my clients so I cannot imagine not having something nice regularly. I also have a five year old and we all know kids like yummy stuff.

This recipe is one of my favourites and it is also a big favourite of all my Clean Eating Kickstarter participants. It’s a big hit with kids and makes a great school snack too. I love this recipe because you can play around with it a lot and it always turns out great (except that one time I put goji berries in it – do not cook goji berries!)

SIMPLE FLAPJACKS
50g butter, melted
3tbsp maple syrup
1 medium banana, mashed
100g oats
1tsp cinnamon
25g raisins
1 small apple, chopped (optional)

Oven 180C

Method:

  • Melt the butter, stir in the maple syrup, mashed banana and cinnamon
  • Stir in the oats, raisins and apple pieces
  • Put in small baking tray, spreading about 1in thick (I don’t have a small enough tray but it works fine just using half of a bigger tray, it won’t fall apart!)
  • Bake for about 30mins or until golden brown.
  • Take out of the oven, let cool, cut in squares and put back in the oven for 10mins – this is not necessary but it makes them a little crispier

VEGAN/DAIRY FREE/FAT FREE ALTERNATIVE
instead of butter use…
50ml water
6 dates

  • because the dates are already so sweet, you might want to reduce the amount of maple syrup to just 1 or 2tbsp)
  • Blend these in a blender or food processor together with the banana until they form a smooth paste.

Follow the rest of the recipe above.

TIPS:

  • You could put other things in these – e.g. dried cranberries,  a handful of almond flakes, sometimes I chop up a few squares of dark chocolate, or you could try different fruit, seeds, nuts etc etc.  Get creative!
  • often, I use stewed pear (1 large or 2 small) or stewed apple instead of banana, which I think are nicer as they’re lighter and pears in particular are very sweet. However, bananas are quick and easy
  • This is a really small recipe so I often double the quantities

 

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