School holidays week 4 the constant struggle between having had enough holiday fun and feeling guilty for not taking the kids out constantly. My four-year-old is also struggling to sleep through the night again (combination of having been ill with a nasty cold and feeling unsettled due to transition to school -can’t decide if knowing why is helpful or irrelevant when failing to do anything I want to because if over tired brain fog.)
But today was a little better we baked, well mostly I baked and there was a last minute trip to the park and definitely less crying than the previous few days.
Another take on my flapjack recipe:
5 Tablespoons Date Puree (Made mine by chopping dates, soaking in water overnight and then whizzing up in the blender).
1 Tablespoon Honey
3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
Remove from heat and mix in 150-175g Oats
Bake 20 minutes at gas mark 6 in a greased and lined tin.
Feed to your family as ‘just normal flapjack’ with no banana or apple. Have them all love it and never know about the dates unless they read your blog.
It was a little crumbly possibly due to a few too many oats – or not quite sugary enough but tastes great so not a problem really.
Had a couple of left over bananas for the first time in ages. They went into the usual Mary Berry Banana Loaf.
Brilliant simple all in one recipe including yoghurt as well as banana. Too much sugar to be properly healthy but still not too unhealthy and really yummy.
Turned out beautifully.
So far mostly enjoyed by the now much less fussy ‘fussy eater’ and I once we got through the confusion as to whether it was naan as bread or banana bread. Not bothered we can’t convince the anti-banana brigade to try any as it means more for us.
Two lots of baking this week first a Birthday cake. Just plain despite the numerous suggestions his small sister came up with the 13-year-old was reluctant to have too much fun -it’s very serious being 13 you know.
Just a regular chocolate sponge with chocolate buttercream and chocolate sprinkles -enough chocolate for you yet? It was yummy of course.
Second was an adjustment on a banana loaf to make a banana and apple loaf. Looks good but won’t be taste tested until it goes to a bring and share lunch on Saturday.
Had lots of bananas to use us which often happens here as we’re not fast enough banana eaters, mostly due to only 2 of 5 family members being in the banana eating team!
Luckily 4 out of 5 will eat banana related baked goods so we have a lot of banana bread, this one was a Mary Berry recipe:
But we still had more banana and I wanted something to take to my sister in law who’s a new mummy when we went to meet our niece for the first time found this recipe for sugar free banana and date flapjacks http://www.mumsnet.com/food/recipe/259-Sugar-free-banana-and-date-flapjacks its a bit different to other flapjack recipes because it doesn’t require melting in a saucepan first:
Just mix together the banana and dates then add the dry ingredients
Failed to remember all the cakes when setting out for our visit so the family ate up the banana bread and the the muffins and this went to breastfeeding support group and was enjoyed although it was a little dry for my taste, going to experiment with the recipe and see if I can improve it next time I have banana to use up.
At the request of the no banana brigade I also made some chocolate cupcakes with raspberries in half of them (not everyone eat raspberries they like to keep me on my toes) using this recipe http://rebeccabakescakes.blogspot.co.uk/2010/10/week-41-chocolate-raspberry-muffins.html
Lovely easy to mix batter
Raspberries on top
Lesson learned don’t overfill when you’re going to add fruit too. Very yummy if not all that healthy.