Ok, I’m not going to lie, this isn’t really a recipe because there is no skill involved in it at all but they taste delicious and I’m rubbish at baking so there we go.
At the moment I’m all about convenience food because my interest in cooking has completely gone out of the window along with my desire to eat meat, cooked vegetables or basically anything that isn’t a carb. Therefore, having some delicious snacks in the kitchen that contain at least some micronutrients is a bonus in my book.
This is where these easy flapjacks come in. They were inspired by having a large number of bananas that had gone past the point of decency with their ripeness. I made 3 of them into a sugar and butter-laden banana bread (which was perfectly delicious) but the rest of them became these flapjacks so that I could eat them mid-afternoon without getting a massive sugar buzz and crash.
3 x very ripe bananas
1.5 cups oats
1 large tablespoon crunchy peanut butter
– Mash the bananas in a bowl
– Mix in the oats and peanut butter until fully combined
– Shape into 12 vaguely round shapes
– Bake at 180 degrees (fan) for 15 minutes until they’re a little bit crispy on top but not burnt
– Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days (if they last that long)
These are high in carbohydrates so they’d be perfect to eat around your workouts as an energy boost or to replenish the glycogen in your muscles after a heavy session if that’s what you’re into. Alternatively, just eat one whenever your peckish. They would be great as fuel on a long run or cycle because those gels do get tiresome after a while and can play havoc with your digestion if you take too many. I’ve also discovered that dogs love them so if you’re making them for your furry friend then just make sure that you use a peanut butter that is 100% nuts and doesn’t contain any xylitol which is poisonous to dogs.
You could add in a number of things too including:
– chocolate chips
– raisins or dried cranberries
– matcha powder for a caffeine boost
Give them a go!