Get your maid to cook these delicious and healthy snacks as a treat for your kids and to take to school in their lunch boxes.
PREPARATION: 15 minutes
COOKING TIME: 30 minutes
- 225g pitted dates
- 75g brown sugar
- 350g porridge oats, traditional/rolled not instant
- 1 medium banana
- 150g butter or coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons honey
- Set your oven to 170C fan/190C/375F or gas 5. Line a baking tray – there is no need to grease it.
- Simmer dates with 4 tablespoons of water. You can do this in the microwave as well as in a pan on the stove. Once the dates are soft (this will take approximately 4 minutes but it will depend on the type of dates you are cooking with). When the dates are soft mash/crush them with a fork until they have a paste-like consistency. If necessary add extra water and water and heat again until soft. Set aside.
- Mash the banana on a plate
- Melt the honey, butter and sugar in a pan.
- Add mashed banana and oats then mix.
- Spread half the flapjack mixture in bottom of the tin, then spread the date paste over it, flattening as you go. Finally spread the remaining half of the flapjack mixture on top.
- Bake for 30 minutes then cool a little before cutting into bars.
- Store in an airtight container.
Your maid can also cook this recipe with the kids as a fun after-school activity. It’s practically foolproof and uses ingredients that are readily available or you are likely to have in your kitchen. For a different flavour, you can also substitute the dried dates with dried apricots or dried raisins.
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