Always read the label! How many products on the market these days come with the big, flashy buzz words plastered all over them. We have seen this is the past with the “low-fat” and “sugar-free” meals, foods and snacks of the 80’s and 90’s and yet we still don’t listen to what our heads are telling us. If you are in a rush which, let’s face it is most of the time, and you need a quick calorie intake but trying to be good, do we lift the chocolate bar or the “healthy, high protein”  one? We go for the “healthy” option.

So many seemingly healthy products on the market these days are very misleading. No, they are not lying about the protein or calcium content, they are simply omitting a few details. Our palates are used to the sweet and salty tastes of a modern diet and, at the end of the day they want you to buy their product, so more often than not they will be an absolute sugar and sodium-fest! There are also natural or paleo products on the market too but they tend to be expensive.   So what’s the answer? Make your own!

These are perfect for refuelling after a run or workout, a healthy snack to see you through until dinner time or a wee treat to have with a cuppa and gossip session with your mates.

For the sweet kick I used:

3 dehydrated prunes (not dried as they can have added sugar) chopped really tiny

1 juicy Golden delicious apple

2 mushy bananas mashed up

zest of a large orange

2 tbsp honey

1 tsp ground allspice

 

For the basic flapjack:

250g gluten free (or regular) plain oats. Don’t used flavoured as they will have added sugar.

2 tbsp no added sugar chunky peanut butter. (Not a sugar free one.)

1 tbsp butter (I used soya, dairy free butter)

Unsweetened almond milk

You will also need baking paper, a heavy-based pan and oven dish lined with baking paper.

 

Method:

Prepare you oven dish and set your fan oven to 150c. Make sure you grease the baking paper lightly to stop them sticking.

In a heavy-based pan on a gentle heat, melt the peanut butter, honey and butter. Keep stirring and add in the orange zest and chopped prunes. Keep stirring and reduce the heat.

Stir in the apple and mashed banana and a little almond milk to bind.

Gradually add in the oats and make sure they are well stirred in. Add in almond milk 1 tbsp at a time until the mixture is nice and gloopy.

Remove from the heat and pour into the baking dish, and put in the oven for approx 50mins. At 50 mins pull them out and press down on the top, it should be hard on the top and bouncy on the top. If you like your flapjacks with a good crust on top, turn the oven up to 180 and cook for 5 mins more.

Remove and cool on a wire rack before cutting.

 

If you are still in need of a little bit more sweetness, them melt a few squares of dark choc and drizzle lightly over the top. I hope you enjoy these, play around with flavours and see what you like the best!