LEO'S DATE AND BANANA FLAPJACK

This is the recipe I make nearly every week for my whole family. These were my saviour when I was breastfeeding and healing post natally. They became my go to snack in the sleep deprived years that followed as my body craved energy. this further fuelled my passion and need to create healthy, nutrious food, treats and snacks that could be enjoyed by the whole family.

I need a fix of these at some point in the week when I'm feeling zapped of energy mid morning or afternoon. They also make a great quick breakfast if your on the move. My three year old loves them and they've become a bit of a favourite with his dad and all his mountain biking pals!

No Refined Sugar, Dairy free, vegan.

 

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Banana Power - The bananas are a great source of potassium which the body needs to metabolise proteins and turn glucose into energy for the body.

Sunflowers and oats - these are really great things to include in your diet in pregnancy and to support post natal recovery, if you are breast feeding and just in general. Magnesium found in sunflower seeds and oats helps fight fatigue, is an anti inflammatory, and can help reduce anxiety and nervousness as magnesium has been shown to help lover blood pressure.

Dates - well what can I say this is a really amazing food for both pregnancy, post natal healing and a great source of energy. They are a good source of potassium, are rich in magnesium, and research has shown if consumed for 4 weeks prior to labour, can significantly reduce the need for induction in labour and improved speed of cervical dilation.

Cinnamon - is a warming spice and makes insulin more effective in the body therefore it's really useful for keeping energy levels consistent. It can be useful for regulating milk flow and reducing effects of Mastitis for breast feeding mamas.

These really are a great all round healthy snack for you, for your babas and your loved ones.

Be warned they are moorish!

 

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Ingredients

-    2 tbsp ground almonds

-    2 tbsp flaked almonds

-    2 cups Oats (I use jumbo oats as like my flapjack chunky!)

-    4 tbsp almond butter

-    5 tbsp coconut oil

-    3 tbsp honey (Maple syrup also works)

-    2 bananas

-    1/2 cup Sunflower seeds

-    1/2 cup chopped dates (optional)

-    1 tsp Cinnamon

 

Preheat oven to 180 C (fan assisted if poss)

Makes 16 pieces

 

Place Almond butter, coconut oil, dates (if you are using them) and honey in a pan and heat gently until oil has melted and a syrup has formed.

In a separate bowl mash the bananas into a pulp and add all the remaining ingredients (oats, almonds, sunflower seeds and cinnamon).

Pour the syrup mix into the bowl and combine all the ingredients together with a spoo

Line a shallow baking tray (Either a squared tray bake tin or rectangle 20" tin) with parchment paper and pour the flapjack mix onto the tray.

Use a spatula to smooth the mixture so it's even across the tray.

Bake for 15 to 20mins until lightly golden.

Remove and leave to cool. Cut into edible sized chunks.

 

EAT AND ENJOY!

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