Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Banana flapjacks

It's a funny thing (well in our house it is) that the kids seem to be off bananas at the moment. Both of them, it's odd. As generally they would be quite happy to eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner if they could. 
This means that we have a bit of a banana overload in the kitchen and those turning brown were calling out to be made into a cake-y type thing today.
I didn't have the time or energy to make banana bread or even muffins. I just wanted something really quick and came across Rachel Allen's flapjack recipe where she says you can throw in a banana, great. So, this is what I cooked with the help of the kids. Wasn't sure about the banana thing, but yum it works and it's good. Scary amount of butter but the oats and fruit balance it out right?!

Banana flapjacks
Makes 25 to 30 flapjacks
350g butter
2 generous tbsp golden syrup
175g soft light brown sugar (or light muscovado if you have it)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 banana mashed
75g plain flour
375g oats
Good handful raisins (optional)

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius (adjust if you have a fan oven)
Place the butter, golden syrup, sugar and vanilla extract in a large saucepan. Bring up to a simmer and stir allowing the butter to melt. When the mixture is smooth, take it off the heat and this is the stage I added 1 mashed banana to the wet ingredients in the pan and gave that a stir. Then add your flour and oats. I also added a good handful of raisins into the mixture at this stage too. Stir well and then spread into a tin measuring 25 x 38 cm, apparently this is the size of a swiss roll tin but I found it's also the same as a good size baking tray.
Bake in the oven for 20-25 mins until golden. Cut into squares while still warm and then move carefully to a wire rack to cool.
My son adding his new favourite thing to the pot, syrup. My daughter watching on. Don't worry, the hob wasn't on yet!
This recipe is from Rachel Allen's Food for Living book which I use quite a lot, it's a great one for your bookshelf. Rachel lists the basic recipe without banana or raisins, obviously it's totally up to you what you decide to add. Choc chips work well apparently and lots of healthy seeds can be added too and any other dried fruits. 

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