We are lucky enough to have a large plum and a large greengage tree in our garden. Cue lots and lots of yummy fruit which cannot be wasted. With the immense flapjack love I have and the glut of greengages this one was a no brainer – it worked REALLY well.
These are healthier as I’ve not added any sugar, the greengages and prunes add sweetness. I’ve reduced the butter and used part peanut butter for monounsaturated fats. The oats add wholegrain goodness.
I’m off to sit in the sun, with a cuppa and some flapjack 😉
Greengage and Prune Flapjacks
A healthier take on flapjacks that uses the sweetness from the fruit instead of sugar.
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 44
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Total Carbohydrates 22g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
- 450g greengages or plums
- 150g prunes
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 350g oats
- 70g peanut butter
- 50g butter/margarine
- Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 6.
- De stone the greengages and chop each one into about 8 pieces.
- Chop the prunes finely or blitz in a food processor.
- Mix the fruit with the cinnamon.
- Weight out the oats and then mix in well.
- Now measure out the peanut butter and butter, melt in the microwave then mix into the oaty mix, stirring well.
- Add about 50ml water to help the mixture bind together well.
- Press into a well greased and lined tin.
- Cover the top with foil and bake for 30 minutes then remove the foil for the last 15 minutes.
Adapted from BBC Good Food "Sticky Plum Flapjacks"
Dietitian UK http://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/
Picnics, they can be amazing and they can be awful. Good location, company and food are essential, and to me having food that is easy to eat and easy to prepare is the key. My toddler is a complete outdoors girl so picnics have become a must. Here are some of my top tips and food ideas that don’t include sandwiches:
- Have a specific picnic bag. We have an insulated one that keeps the food cool with a seperate section for plates, cutlery, cups, serviettes, an empty carrier bag for the rubbish and the all essential corkscrew 😉 Keeping it all together makes it easier for those picnic moments, no more rushing around to find plastic plates.
- Remember to plan the drinks: if it’s cold then go for ice in the drinks, don’t forget a flask of tea/coffee too.
- Picnic blankets can make or break an occasion for me…. I’m not a fan of sitting on my coat.
- If you have young ones a beach shelter can be good for a bit of shade.
- Take some bits to amuse small children – bats/balls then you may get some peace! Mine loves a large space to just run in.
- Hummous with raw vegetables, an absolute must, try raw carrots, peppers, cucumber and celery. Don’t forget you can make your own.
- Frittata packed with your favourite veggies, make it ahead of time, slice it up and it’s good to go.
- Quiche, an old 70’s favourite… try my gluten free version here.
- Salads: quinoa, rice, potato for the carbohydrate part of the meal.
- Cold homemade pizza.
- Cheese and crackers.
- Mixed salad for the colour and veggie side of things – try grated carrot, sweetcorn, chopped raw mushrooms, broccoli and sugar snap peas along side the usual tomato, lettuce and cucumber.
- Fresh fruit salad, we are into melon and grapes right now.
- Boiled eggs. Enough said.
- And in a rush we just grab Sushi from the shop!
These are just our top favourites, I’d love to hear yours, please comment below and let me know.
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On Friday we often make it a family treat to go out for a treat, which usually involves a trip to a cafe and often involves a slice of cake 😉
I have a little hit list of new places I want to try out, these are often deli’s, places that sell gluten free food or independant yummy sounding cafe’s. This Friday we went off to visit one.
Thyme and Tides has been in my little foodie book for a while. I’d hear rumours of gluten free foods being available there and combining that with it being a Deli situated in the quaint area of Stockbridge it had a definite Friday appeal. Now taking a toddler on these foodie adventures could be construed as a bad idea, fortunately my little one has grown quite used to it and enjoys browsing the shelves with me, we chat about the foods we see and she really enjoys cafe culture. Thyme and Tides had a lovely looking fish counter which meant we spent a whilst discussing all the fish together and I was suprised to see Sri-Lankan Tuna steaks for sale. Obviously not local produce but it reminded us of a trip to Sri-Lanka where we bought fresh tuna steak from the fish market and cooked it in the nun’s kitchen!
This particular deli and cafe had a wonderful, welcoming open feel to it, with large glass sliding doors that opened onto the village high street. There didn’t appear to be much choice in terms of gluten free, wheat free or free from foods in the deli or the menu but there were 2 types of gluten free cake of offer and it felt like the place where you could ask for adaptations to be made to meals. The even bigger bonus is Stockbridge is a lovely foodie place to wander round with a fabulous looking butchers and a great grocers too.