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I like a sweet treat every now and again.  I have always been a bit more of a savoury fan, but there are times when nothing but a sweet treat will suffice.  The problem is that so many “treats” are addictive and full of empty calories.  Can you eat just one biscuit?  I can recall days where Mr G and i would sit on the sofa with a cuppa and happily much our way through an entire biscuit tin full of biscuits and still declare that we were hungry!  As for chocolate bars like Crunchies, Kitkats and Twix – they just never touched the sides.  I’d be famished again a few minutes later.

One of the things that I always think of as a treat is a flapjack and they are typically better for you than the majority of treats and certainly more satisfying being made of oats.  The problem for me now is that they are packed full of fat, (usually butter) and Sugar (or Golden Syrup).  Hmmm.  So how to get that same satiety without the CRAP?

What do I mean by CRAP?  I’m pinching this term from Jeff Novick – see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gTLpTq1nQk&feature=player_embedded ) but it means Calorie Rich and Processed (CRAP)

These come out being chewy rather than crunchy flapjacks which suits me fine.  I hope you like them.

Ingredients:

2 Cups & 2 Tblsp of Porridge Oats

6-8 Dates (Roughly Chopped)

1 Tblsp pitted prunes (Ideally the ones in apple juice)

2 Tsp Chia Seeds (or Ground Flax seeds)

2 Tbsp Plant Milk (Vanilla Rice Milk is good)

1/2 Cup Maple Syrup

1/2 Cup Walnuts (optional)

2 Tblsp Salt Free Peanut Butter

1/2 Tsp Baking Powder

Method:

In a high powered blender or food processor, add the 2Tblsp of oats chopped dates, plant milk, maple syrup and prunes.  Blend until smooth and creamy.

In a mixing bowl add the 2 cups of oats, chia seeds and walnuts.

Empty the date mixture into a saucepan and add the peanut butter.  Heat gently and stir until thoroughly mixed.  Remove from the heat, and add the baking powder (it will fizz up a little so stir quickly to incorporate) and then pour into the bowl over the oats and nuts.  Stir and mix thoroughly to ensure that all of the oats and seeds are coated in the sticky date mixture.

Transfer to a baking tray lined with teflon baking sheet or parchment/greaseproof paper.  Flatten out as the mixture does not spread easily.  Bake for 20-25 mins in a moderately hot oven – 200c/400f gas mark 6, until golden.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool and firm up a little before cutting into pieces.  As these are quite filling, I cut them into small pieces.  It also means that I can eat 2 or 3 at one sitting without feeling guilty.

These are also good served crumbled over fresh or stewed fruits, with a chocolate or vanilla sauce or soy yogurt.

No pics as we woofed them all!  Will try to post one of the next batch.

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