These gorgeously golden flapjacks studded with gooey sticky sweet strawberries and shards of bright green pistachio are delish.
Chock full of rolled oats, sweetened with maple syrup and bound together with the help of two bananas and a grated apple these flapjacks are a wonderful baby led weaning snack full of nutritional yumminess.
The little ones and I have baked flapjacks a few times over the last month, adding different fruits and nuts to keep these oaty darlings interesting. So far this strawberry and pistachio flapjack combination is our favourite with blueberry and coconut a very close runner up.
Traditional flapjacks contain quite a bit of sugar and butter which helps them to stick together and form firm bars. This recipe with far less sugar and butter is less dense and the bars can be a little crumbly. This however didn’t stop Miss G. and Mr H. from demolishing them. Harry used his iron grip to crumble the bars into smithereens then slowly and thoughtfully picked and snacked his way through the strawberry studded rubble. Also, I picked any whole pistachios off of Mr H.’s bar. If your little one isn’t yet eating nuts feel free to use equal amounts of shredded coconut, or finely ground the pistachios in a food processor.
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Oh it feels so wonderful to be back in the kitchen and baking once again.
We’ve just experienced one of the most unbelievably crazy months.
Between teething molars, tummy bugs, trips to emergency (both Grace and I), the flu, spring cleaning, redecorating the house and a family beach vacay we have been completely out of our usual routine.
The good news is we made it through and today we’re back with these totally gorgeous strawberry and apple oat crisp bars.
These bars are amazing and come from one of my all-time favourite food blogs, Smitten Kitchen. The moment these gorgeously golden fruit layered oat bars hit my inbox I knew Grace and I had to bake them. They’re everything we look for in a morning tea snack; they’re chock full of oats and fruit, taste incredible and are the perfect portable snack. We made a few adjustments to the original recipe (mostly in the method so that Grace could get involved in the baking) and we also swapped the rhubarb for apple.
These bars really are a breeze to prepare, Grace and I managed to get them into the oven in less than 10 minutes and only used one mixing bowl, which is great when you’re trying to clean with an eager 18 month old chasing you around the kitchen.
Once baked, I popped a couple of the crispy golden strawberry and apple strewn bars into the lunch box and Grace devoured them alongside a little fruit for her snack at the park this morning.
To create these gorgeous strawberry & apple oat crisp bars simply…
With a busier than usual weekend coming up, this morning we decided to get a little uncharacteristically organised and prepare a few lovely little snacks for the lunch box to keep us satisfied whilst on the road.
Along with an easy peasy batch of blueberry muffins and sweet corn fritters, Grace and I stirred together this gorgeously simple batch of cranberry pecan oat bars.
I love these cranberry pecan oat bars. Not only are they sugar free and chock full of amazingly nutritious bananas, dates, oats, cranberries, coconut and pecans but they couldn’t be simpler to prepare thanks to the muscle of a food processor. Miss G. and I were easily able to whip these bars up and have them baking away in the oven in less than 10 minutes.
And these gorgeously golden bars make the perfect baby led weaning snack. They are firm enough to withstand tight little grips whilst soft enough for little mouths to nibble on with ease. Grace had no trouble demolishing the chopped pecans strewn throughout the bars, however if you think your little one isn’t yet up to the task simply leave them out.
To create these gorgeous cranberry pecan oat bars simply…