16 March 2012

Banana Oat Flapjacks

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Every time 'Dakota' plays, it's like I have just sat in a time machine and been transported to 2005, when life had a careless feel, and the student loan let me buy organic foods and boxing boots. That's when I cooked loads of savoury dishes, ate at Nando's and was a bit anally retentive about my food cupboard!  Now I have a three big lovely cupboards, stocked to the brim with canned pulses and ketchup.  
When I wanted to make banana bread, there was no sign of flour! Instead I grabbed a packet of organic oats, bicarbonate of soda and cream of tartar. When you happen to buy a bunch of cheap and cheerful ripe bananas, try this recipe.

 ▶ Makes 16 big chunky oaty slabs.


220g organic oats
220g caster sugar
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp cinnamon
450g mashed bananas
4 tbsp soya milk
4 large egg whites

You will need:

Large, deep brownie baking tray 36cm x 25cm (or roasting dish)
Greaseproof paper
250g dark chocolate to decorate.


Preheat oven to 180°c.
: Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
: In a second bowl mix the wet ingredients.
: Mix altogether and pour in the tin.
: Bake for 40 minutes.
: Once out the oven, put chunks of chocolate on top and put back in the oven for 2 minutes.
: Then take tray out and spread the chocolate evenly.
: Cut up once cold.


They have the taste of a flapjack but will make you feel less guilty!

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