Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Banana Oat Bars

'The end justifies the means' (17thC Proverb).

This idea was given to me by Juliet, while we were stretching at the gym.  I tried it today and it produced a soft, sweet, spongy cake/ flapjack bar that is great snack or breakfast bar.

The quantities are approximate - I love this kind of 'guesstimate', you are trying to achieve a gooey consistency to bake.

Take two servings of oats (I used a tea mug), double it up with store cupboard bits such as linseed, bashed up  nuts, seeds, chopped dried fruit.  Mash up three bananas and combine the whole lot in a large mixing bowl.  I worked mine through with a fork to blend in the banana.  Juliet said to add some coconut milk, but I put a couple of tablespoons of natural yogurt into the mix.  You are aiming for a blended, thick, sticky mass.  Pour it into a greaseproof paper lined baking tray.  Bake in the oven until firm and slightly browned.  Chop into slices and leave to cool on a wire baking tray. The mixture puffs out and becomes spongy in texture and not at all like hard flapjack can be.  The bananas provide the sweetness and moisture and it smells divine coming out the oven. Totally works for a sweet but indulgent treat and energy boost bar, just go easy on the linseed! Thanks Juliet! x

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