Homemade flapjacks cooling
Adapted from a BBC GoodFood recipe, these flapjacks have no added sugar and contain only a small amount of fat compared to traditional flapjack recipes.
Bananas and apples are used to bind the mixture and dates add a natural sweetness.
Preheat oven to 160ᵒC/gas mark 3 and grease and line a baking tray or dish with baking parchment.
In a small pan, melt the butter and peanut butter with 100ml of hot water, stirring all the time.
Add the apple, chopped dates and mashed banana to the pan and mix well.
Tip the oats into a large bowl and pour in the fruity mixture.
Give a good stir to combine everything well.
Tip the mixture into the prepared oven tray or dish, smoothing down the surface with a spatula or the back of a spoon.
Place in the oven and bake for 50 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin before cutting into 12 portions.
Oats provide a good source of complex carbohydrates which release energy into the body more slowly, keeping us feeling fuller for longer. Oats are also a rich source of beta-glucan-rich soluble fibre, which has been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels.
Fruit provides the natural sugars in this recipe along with a range of important vitamins and minerals. Sugars in this form are much better for our bodies than artificially added sugars that only add calories.
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