I do like a challenge though, so my aim now is to come up with some healthy (ish) recipes that use little or no added sugar that are also tasty enough for the whole family to enjoy.
First up, flapjacks - they seem pretty healthy, what with all those oats, but they also contain quite a lot of butter and sugar. I've replaced the sugar with dried fruits and the butter with olive oil and thereby reducing the saturated fat significantly (13g in 100ml Olive oil versus 48g in 100g butter). I added a few peanuts to give them a crunch but you can leave these out or replace with another nut - we have an abundance of salted peanuts after Christmas!
No Added Sugar Fruit & Nut Flapjacks - makes 16
125g Dried Apricots
150ml boiling water
100ml Olive Oil
50g peanuts, chopped (I used salted peanuts & rinsed the salt off)
200g Porridge Oats
- Chop the dates & apricots and place in a bowl
- Pour the boiling water over, stir and cover and leave overnight.
- Blend the dates/apricots/water to a paste
- Heat the paste and olive oil in a pan until it comes together - approx 5 minutes, remove from heat
- Stir in the chopped peanuts and oats and stir well
- Press into a well greased 20cm x 20cm square pan - I use a sandwich bag over my hand for this
- Bake in a preheated 180 C oven for 18-20 minutes, until lightly browned
- Cut the flapjacks into squares and allow to cool fully in the tin before removing
I was quite impressed with how well these turned out, they didn't fall apart and are plenty sweet enough. Everyone, apart from Sam (who said they were 'too nutty') liked them too - even Jack, who took one bite, said he didn't like it and then later said he did and ate a whole one, claiming they were 'delicious'.