I am always looking for ways to use up over ripe bananas and since I have had my blog, I have posted many different recipes from cupcakes to cookies, from brownies to bread, but I have never incorporated them into flapjacks before. Well, now I have and I have to say it was a great way to use them up because it turned a humble flapjack into a naturally sweeter and chewier treat!
I was recently sent some Whole Earth Peanut Butter which contains 3 different seeds; sunflower, pumpkin and flaxseed giving it a bit more bite than usual (obviously, standard peanut butter will be fine in this recipe also). Having used peanut butter in my baking a few times now, I know that it makes for a good dairy free alternative ‘fat’ because the oil in it acts as the butter in a recipe.
Anyway, I played around with some ingredients that I had in my kitchen and came up with these scrummy banana and peanut butter flapjacks, which I drizzled with white chocolate – again this is optional depending on how indulgent you are feeling!
Here is how I made them
- 1 jar of Peanut Butter - can be crunchy or smooth
- 2 over ripe bananas
- 6ml maple syrup
- 200g oats
- 100g white chocolate
- pre heat the oven to 170oC / 150oC (fan)
- grease and line a square brownie tin or equivalent
- place the bananas (which need mashing before adding), peanut butter and maple syrup into a non stick pan over a moderate heat, and stir to melt the peanut butter with the other ingredients to make a mushy sauce
- pour the oats into a large bowl
- then pour the sauce over the oats and mix well to cover them all
- pour the sticky oats into the tin and place in the oven
- cook for 30 ish minutes until golden brown
- allow to cool before cutting into squares
- drizzle with melted chocolate
These were really nice and were something I would never have thought about making before, but now I have I will be making again because they made such a change. They also felt healthier flapjacks than normal because they contain no sugar, and use no butter just the peanu butter. Also, by using so few ingredients they were so easy to make as well. Now I am hoping for some more over ripe bananas to appear in my fruit bowl soon!
I was sent the peanut butter as part of my Degustabox UK review for March