Friday, 12 June 2015

Healthy Sweet Treats || Sticky Banana Flapjacks

Hello everyone! 

After moving home from university and not having much to do for a couple of months (apart from save every penny I earn!) I finally pulled out my Deliciously Ella cookbook written by Ella Woodward (check her blog out here, it's amazing!). I skimmed through last night and decided to try out the flapjacks, and really that is all I could make with the items in my cupboard! The beauty of these flapjacks is that they are simple and easy to make, need very few ingredients, which are all very cheap and they are a delicious sweet treat!

The flapjacks are all natural and contain plenty of fibre and protein, they make the perfect mid-morning snack! There are 5 simple ingredients.

  • 3 mugs of oats (360g)
  • 2 bananas (200g)
  • 6 tablespoons of maple syrup (I used golden syrup as that's what was in my cupboard!)
  • 6 tablespoons of nut butter (I used almond butter but feel free to use any, Ella recommends cashew butter)
  • 4 tablespoons of coconut oil (again I used extra virgin olive oil as that's what I had!)

First things first, preheat your oven to 200 degrees celsius (fan 180). Now we're ready! After measuring out all my ingredients, and making sure I had everything, I placed the oats into a big mixing bowl and set them aside. I then mashed up the two bananas, it is nice to have ripe bananas as it makes the overall taste that little bit sweeter, however mine were not too ripe but still mashed up easy and were super tasty! Add the mashed bananas, syrup, nut butter and coconut oil to a saucepan. Apply a low heat and allow the mixture to simmer until it becomes a liquid. I stirred my mixture now and again just to make sure everything was mixed in together. After no more than 10 minutes it had simmered down into a gooey liquid, mine had lumps of banana in as I hadn't taken too much time to mash them up. Buuuut I also think this is a bonus as biting into a small lump of banana is extra tasty!

Once you think your mixture is all mixed in together, and of a liquidy consistency, add it to the oats in the large mixing bowl. Make sure you mix the liquid in and stir well to cover all the oats. This is a point where you need to stop and check to make sure your flapjacks aren't going to come out dry. I realised that my mixture wasn't covering all the oats, I added another spoonful of maple syrup and the panic was over! I had measured my oats in mugs and looking back I would now choose to measure out the oats on a scale as it seems that my mugs are a little bigger than Ella's! I had now formed a sticky, gooey, sweet tasting mess! Mmmmm yummy.... try not to eat too much of the mixture before it's cooked!

Grease a baking try or dish and transfer the flapjack mix, flatten it out with a spatula or back of a spoon and your flapjacks are now ready to go in the oven! Bake for around 15-20 minutes.

And here it is! I had mine in the oven for around 18 minutes and as you can see it was starting to crisp around the edges, but I'll tell you the truth, I think the edges are my favourite! I put my timer on for 15 minutes and then had a check, I wanted the top and edges to be a little browner so left it in whilst I tidied up. Once it's cooked, take the try out of the oven and leave it to cool on the side. To be able to neatly slice it up into individual portions you must wait until the whole tray has completely cooled down.

These are perfect to take to work/school/uni, bursting with goodness, very filling and they will keep you energised for hours! 

Have you tried any of Deliciously Ella's recipes? Would you like to? Let me know in the comments and if you use this recipe, tweet me pictures of how yours turned out, I'd love to know! 

Lots of love, Elle xxx

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