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Banana Oaty Bars

 Mini-Disaster in our house usually means…. there is no flapjack left, we are out of milk, Miss K cannot find a very important item (insert “really not important in the grand scheme of life but a calamity to her”), or a section of the train track has come apart. I quite love the fact that these really are regular disasters in the eyes of my small ones. How simple life can be!

Today’s disaster led to a distraught 2 year old.

 1. The flapjack tin was empty

2. There were not enough oats to make more.

Super Mummy to the rescue. I rarely make the same recipe twice anyway 😉

So I adapted my semi-famous banana and sultana flapjack recipe by adding flour. It comes out less of a flapjack and more of an oat bar. Dense, oaty and firm – no crumbly texture here. A really good option to have with a cuppa, for lunch boxes or to feed a snacking child. They are sweet but not too sweet, if you know what I mean. The oats provide that wholegrain goodness, the banana and sultanas pack in the fruit and there is just a hint of honey and butter to bind it all.

It’s falls into that territory of “Is it a flapjack? Is is a cake? It is a bar?”

You know what? I can’t decide but all that really matters is it is healthy and yummy!

Dietitian UK: Banana Oaty Bars

Banana Oat Bars (wheat free, gluten free)
Yields 12
Quick, easy oat bar recipe that is healthy and great for hungry children.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
118 calories
19 g
9 g
4 g
2 g
2 g
43 g
1 g
5 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
43g
Yields
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 118
Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
6%
Saturated Fat 2g
11%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 9mg
3%
Sodium 1mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 19g
6%
Dietary Fiber 1g
6%
Sugars 5g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
1%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 100g oats (gluten free if needed)
  2. 100g plain flour (I used a gluten free blend)
  3. 100g sultanas
  4. 1 mashed banana
  5. 2 tbsp honey
  6. 50g butter
Instructions
  1. Mix the dry ingredients together, by hand or in a food processor/stand mixer.
  2. Melt the honey and butter together in a bowl and then add along with the banana.
  3. Mix well, I left this for a few minutes in my stand mixer.
  4. Press into a lined, greased baking tray, cover the top with foil for half of the cooking time to stop the sultanas getting burnt.
  5. Bake at Gas Mark 5 for 20-30 minutes.
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calories
118
fat
4g
protein
2g
carbs
19g
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Dietitian UK http://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/

Banana, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Flapjack (WF, GF, DF).

It’s been a rainy summers week, so I felt the need to pimp up my own flapjack recipe to cheer us up. It’s a healthier take on a full fat, full syrup flapjack, perfect for a cuppa on a rainy day. What is even better is that I used peanut butter in it so my hubby won’t touch it 😉 I love using peanut butter in baking as it is lower in saturated fats, higher in the heart healthier monounsaturates and it also adds protein to help with satiety. The oats provide low glycaemic index carbs which can help stabilise blood sugars so also helping to keep you fuller for longer. It should provide for a healthy snack that will tide you over until your next meal.

Recipe creation for me provides an outlet for creativity and is almost a form of therapy as I switch off from “work” and get inspired by what is around me. It’s actually something I sometimes recommend to eating disorder clients, but they don’t have to eat it unless they want to. Often they love looking at recipes, love creating things and so being given the green light to go ahead and make things but not have to eat them can be quite releasing. 

So here is my latest flapjack. It’s a keeper. It is also wheat free, gluten free (if you use gluten free oats) and can be made dairy free if you use the right chocolate. GENIUS.

Dietitian UK: Peanut butter and choc flapjack

Banana, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Flapjack
Yields 12
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
167 calories
21 g
2 g
7 g
6 g
2 g
51 g
46 g
7 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
51g
Yields
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 167
Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
11%
Saturated Fat 2g
10%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 2mg
1%
Sodium 46mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 21g
7%
Dietary Fiber 3g
13%
Sugars 7g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
3%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 200g oats (gluten free if needed)
  2. 100g peanut butter (I used a low sugar, low salt version)
  3. 80g chocolate chips or chopped up chocolate (Dairy free e.g. Booja Booja if needed)
  4. 2 mashed, over-ripe bananas
Instructions
  1. Mix it all together by hand or food mixer.
  2. Grease and line a baking tray.
  3. Spread it into the baking tray, so it is about 2cm thick.
  4. Bake at Gas Mark 5 for 25-30 minutes.
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calories
167
fat
7g
protein
6g
carbs
21g
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Dietitian UK http://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/

“Mummy I’m Huuuungry”: Surviving the summer snacks with 2 under 5

Summer holidays have hit us. We’ve got 8 weeks of fun as Miss K has now “graduated” from pre-school, yes you now graduate – seriously what is that about?! So in September she starts “big-school” and I will be an emotional wreck for a moment, she is so ready to go that I really can’t be sad about it.

Most of me loves the summer holidays. I love having my kids around, it’s a great excuse to see people we can’t always meet up with, go to different places and have more relaxed times together. Tonight I spent a good 30 minutes extra just reading stories and cuddling Miss K as she didn’t need to be on a strict bedtime and I’ve no Pilates classes to teach. So. Very. Precious.

One of the things that does grate with me is the constant whine of “Mummy I’m hungry”. I cannot tell you how many times a day I hear that one. Especially after a more active than usual day. So this summer I am determined to stay on top of it with a supply of healthy snacks and crafty ideas up my sleeve. Hopefully it will keep us out of the biscuit tin. Although there are also always days you just need a biscuit.

5 Storecupboard Snacks:

1. Nuts and dried fruit. Miss K favours almonds and dried apricots. The J boy prefers walnuts and prunes. Seeing as I didn’t like those types of nuts until I was 30 (yes I am that old), I really didn’t think they would… but they do. So don’t judge what you think they will like/dislike too soon. 

Dietitian UK: Why almonds are so good for you

2. Breadsticks with cream cheese and grapes. My kids love a dip. The whole process of dipping actually keeps them quiet for a bit too!

3. Trail mix – a mixture of all the forms of dried cereal in the cupboard with some raisins. Really good on a car journey as it takes time to eat, however you may end up with cornflakes in the car seat. 

4. Peanut butter and banana on rice cakes/toast. Filling, healthy and quick. 

5. “No Junk” cereal bars with some fruit. Often my emergency snack that I keep in the change bag or pull out at home when the flapjack tin is empty (a disaster in my book, the flapjack tin must ALWAYS have flapjack in).

5 Easy Bake Healthy Treats:

1. Banana Flapjack. I’ve been making this since I was breastfeeding Miss K. It’s a staple in our house and I know many others who swear by it too.

2. Peanut Butter Cookies. Now even my husband who doesn’t like peanut butter will eat one of these. Plus the kids can make them with you.

3. Thick American style Pancakes. Make up a stack of these and freeze them. You can defrost them in the toaster or get a few out at a time ready for snack-attack. Serve with a dollop of yoghurt and fruit.

Face pancake

4. Courgette biscuits. I love these in the summer as we usually have a glut of courgettes to use up and it means the kids are eating more veggies.

5. Scones. Super quick to make and you can add fruit of veggies to them. We like broccoli scones or blackberry ones.

Dietitian UK:  Blackberry Scones

5 Freezer Snacks:

1. Ice-Lollies – I’ve invested in a pile of moulds. Personally I love the silicone ones best. However Miss K really likes the ones with the sippy spout on them too. I don’t ever get round to making these with fruit, so ours are just diluted squash. 

2. Frozen Fruit – either buy a bag of frozen fruit or freeze what you have. Frozen grapes, berries, banana chunks, pineapple, melon and plums all work well. Or coat in yoghurt and freeze for an extra treat.

Dietitian UK: Yoghurt Covered Frozen Fruit 1

3. Frozen Yoghurt. Oh my days I love a bit of frozen yoghurt. I sometimes make my own, or I completely cheat. If you pull the lid off a kids yoghurt, pop a spoon in and freeze, you can them cut off the yoghurt pot and hand them a frozen yoghurt to eat with the spoon as a stick. 

4. Frozen peas and sweetcorn. Miss K enjoys this, the J boy just thinks it’s plain crazy. I can see his point, but some kids love it. If they do, embrace it.

5. Banana Ice-cream. If you haven’t tried making 1 ingredrient banana ice-cream before then you are missing out. Go, Do, It.

I would love to hear what healthy snacks your kids love. Drop me a comment or a tweet 🙂 

Plum and Ginger Flapjack

Flapjack. Literally it makes my world a happier place. However I’ve had a bit of a problem of late. The children are eating the bananas too fast and I just don’t have enough that are going bad to be able to make my signature banana and sultana flapjack. So with a glut of plums in the freezer and the plum tree back in blossom again I’ve created a new favourite. This one is reminiscent of plum and ginger crumble. What’s not to love?

I love it because 1. It has ginger in. 2 It isn’t too sweet 3. It takes 10 minutes to knock up and 4. It is flapjack. Miss K loves it’s because is is pink. The J-boy loves it because it is food.

I can happily feed this to my children knowing it is packed with wholegrains and fruit. 

 Dietitian UK: Plum Flapjack-1

Healthy Plum and Ginger Flapjack
Serves 12
A super healthy, yet tasty flapjack using cooked plums, no added sugar. Gluten free, Wheat free.
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
118 calories
13 g
0 g
6 g
3 g
1 g
40 g
2 g
2 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
40g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 118
Calories from Fat 55
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
10%
Saturated Fat 1g
5%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 2mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 13g
4%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
6%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
1%
Iron
5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 200g oats (gluten free)
  2. 200g cooked plums (no sugar added)
  3. 75g butter/margarine
  4. 1 tsp ground ginger
  5. 2 tsp Sukrin Gold
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5.
  2. Grease and line a baking tray.
  3. Melt the butter.
  4. Mix all the ingredients together and place into the baking tray.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
Notes
  1. You can substitute the Sukrin Gold for 2 tbsp honey.
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calories
118
fat
6g
protein
3g
carbs
13g
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Dietitian UK http://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/

Sticky and Sweet Greengage Flapjacks

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 😉

Dietitian UK: Greengage Flapjack

 

Greengage and Prune Flapjacks
Yields 20
A healthier take on flapjacks that uses the sweetness from the fruit instead of sugar.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
143 calories
22 g
0 g
5 g
4 g
1 g
54 g
18 g
3 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
54g
Yields
20
Amount Per Serving
Calories 143
Calories from Fat 44
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 1g
4%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 18mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 22g
7%
Dietary Fiber 3g
10%
Sugars 3g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
6%
Vitamin C
4%
Calcium
2%
Iron
7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 450g greengages or plums
  2. 150g prunes
  3. 1 tsp cinnamon
  4. 350g oats
  5. 70g peanut butter
  6. 50g butter/margarine
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 6.
  2. De stone the greengages and chop each one into about 8 pieces.
  3. Chop the prunes finely or blitz in a food processor.
  4. Mix the fruit with the cinnamon.
  5. Weight out the oats and then mix in well.
  6. Now measure out the peanut butter and butter, melt in the microwave then mix into the oaty mix, stirring well.
  7. Add about 50ml water to help the mixture bind together well.
  8. Press into a well greased and lined tin.
  9. Cover the top with foil and bake for 30 minutes then remove the foil for the last 15 minutes.
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calories
143
fat
5g
protein
4g
carbs
22g
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Adapted from BBC Good Food "Sticky Plum Flapjacks"
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Mango and Date Flapjacks (gluten and wheat free)

Now it’s been a couple of weeks since we made flapjacks due to sickness in the household. My oh my, how I’ve missed you flapjack! I’ve found myself looking at the flapjack tin wishing it was full. So today was the day. Myself and the toddler went flapjack-tastic, making our usual banana and sultana favourite and also coming up with this beauty.

If you like a sweeter flapjack without the extra sugar then this is the one for you. The mango gives it that sweet lift. The linseeds and sesame seeds make it extra nutritious with omega 3’s, iron, zinc and calcium.

Dietitian UK: Mango and Date Flapjack

Mango and Date Flapjacks
Yields 12
A delicious, mango and date flapjack with linseeds and sesame seeds for extra nutrition.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
154 calories
20 g
24 g
7 g
4 g
3 g
49 g
8 g
8 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
49g
Yields
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 154
Calories from Fat 59
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
11%
Saturated Fat 3g
13%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 24mg
8%
Sodium 8mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 20g
7%
Dietary Fiber 3g
12%
Sugars 8g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
4%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
4%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 200g oats
  2. 100g sultanas
  3. 50g dates chopped
  4. 50g dried mango chopped
  5. 25g linseeds
  6. 25g sesame seeds
  7. 50g butter
  8. 2 tbsp honey
  9. 1 egg
Instructions
  1. Mix the oats, dried fruit and seeds together.
  2. Heat the butter and honey until melted (30 seconds in the microwave and stir).
  3. Add the egg to the dried mixture followed by the wet ingredients and mix well.
  4. Spoon into a greased and lined tin.
  5. Bake at Gas Mark 5 for 30 minutes.
  6. Slice whilst it is warm.
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calories
154
fat
7g
protein
4g
carbs
20g
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Dietitian UK http://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/

Apricot and Yoghurt Healthy Flapjack Bars

Flapjacks. There is no getting around the fact that I LOVE them. I’m not talking the treacle, syrup, butter version – that’s a bit too much for my tummy and my palate. The type I like is the not too sweet, fruity, oaty, chewy type. So I am constantly on the look out for new ways to reinvent my flapjacks. I’ve been playing around using yoghurt in a few muffin recipes, which led to my wondering what it would be like in a flapjack. It turns out that it’s pretty amazing, leading to a moist, delicious flapjack that takes no time to make and no time to eat if you aren’t careful!

 The bonus with this is there is no added fat or sugar. WIN WIN.

Dietitian UK: Apricot and Yoghurt Flapjack Bar

 

Apricot and Yoghurt Healthy Cereal Bars
Yields 9
A healthy flapjack style cereal bar perfect as a mid morning snack.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
134 calories
27 g
0 g
2 g
4 g
0 g
73 g
3 g
2 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
73g
Yields
9
Amount Per Serving
Calories 134
Calories from Fat 14
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
3%
Saturated Fat 0g
1%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 3mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 27g
9%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Sugars 2g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
28%
Vitamin C
4%
Calcium
2%
Iron
10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 100g dried apricots
  2. dash water
  3. 200g oats
  4. 1 ripe banana
  5. 50ml natural yoghurt
Instructions
  1. Blend the apricots with the water in a food processor to a paste/puree.
  2. Mix with the oats, mashed banana and yoghurt.
  3. Place into a lined, greased baking tray.
  4. Bake at Gas Mark 5 for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Slice whilst warm and store in an airtight tin will keep for 3 days.
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calories
134
fat
2g
protein
4g
carbs
27g
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Dietitian UK http://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/

Healthy Cranberry and Orange Flapjack for a Flapjack-a-holic.

Christmas has come and gone but I’ve still got cranberries to use up. I’ll be honest, I’m a flapjack-a-holic, so even after making the cranberry muffins I had to play around and make up some flapjacks too. Life with out flapjack is not worth thinking about. However my flapjack has to be a healthier version, gone is the treacle, syrup and lashings of butter…. instead I’ve increased the fruit, got rid of the sugar and used honey and reduced the butter. The result is a tangy, moreish morsel that goes perfectly with a decent cuppa.

 Dietitian UK: Healthy Cranberry and Orange Flapjack

Cranberry and Orange Flapjack
Serves 15
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
111 calories
18 g
7 g
4 g
3 g
2 g
42 g
2 g
7 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
42g
Servings
15
Amount Per Serving
Calories 111
Calories from Fat 32
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
6%
Saturated Fat 2g
9%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 7mg
2%
Sodium 2mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 18g
6%
Dietary Fiber 2g
9%
Sugars 7g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
10%
Calcium
2%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 200g oats
  2. 100g raisins
  3. 2 tbsp honey
  4. 50g butter
  5. 100g fresh cranberries (or other berries)
  6. Juice of 1 orange
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to Gas Mark 5.
  2. Mix the oats and raisins together.
  3. Place the honey, butter, cranberries and orange juice in a microwavable container. Heat for 3 minutes, stopping to stir it every minute.
  4. When it is finished remove from the microwave and crush the cranberries in the container using a fork or the back of a spoon.
  5. Mix the wet into the dry ingredients.
  6. Spoon into a lined, greased flapjack tray and bake for 20 minutes. I cover mine with greaseproof paper for the first 10 minutes to prevent the raisins from burning.
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calories
111
fat
4g
protein
3g
carbs
18g
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Dietitian UK http://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/

Great Balls of….Goodness

I’m constantly on the look out for quick, easy, healthy snacks. Life with a toddler and baby with 2 businesses to run means I’m constantly on the go running from the kids to a Pilates class to cooking dinner or to a clinic. So with some baking time on my hands the toddler and I experimented with oats, fruit, peanut butter and seeds to make an easy to eat, healthy, nutritious snack. These are wheat free, dairy free and gluten free if you use gluten free oats.

This was a lot of fun for the toddler, she did later get her hands stuck in and loved squidging it all. Perfect for textures, messy play and all round fun for her. I’ve found these great for eating between Pilates classes or for grabbing as a snack between meals when I’m feeding the baby. 

Perfect for a post-exercise snack due to the protein content and great for mums on the run!

 

 

Oaty Peanut Balls
Serves 15
Great for healthy snacking on the run, for post-workouts and for toddlers/children.
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134 calories
18 g
0 g
6 g
4 g
1 g
31 g
10 g
1 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
31g
Servings
15
Amount Per Serving
Calories 134
Calories from Fat 50
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
9%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 10mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 18g
6%
Dietary Fiber 3g
13%
Sugars 1g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
20%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
3%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup oats
  2. 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  3. 1/2 cup linseeds
  4. 1 cup chopped dried apricots
  5. 4 tsp peanut butter
  6. 3 tsp honey
  7. 1 tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Mix out all the ingredients then take teaspoons of the mixture, squash and roll into balls.
  2. Place in the fridge to firm up.
  3. These can be eaten from the fridge or store in an airtight container.
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calories
134
fat
6g
protein
4g
carbs
18g
more
Dietitian UK http://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/