I've found it extremely hard to cut sugar down and often find myself on the verge of flipping tables over the want for something sweet. Clever me though, I cleared the house of any temptation. Cue last weekend which saw me cursing (like a sailor) at my clean notions and scoffing at health fads trying to convince myself to jack it all in and feed my emotions what they seemed to want. That was chocolate by the way, a LOT of chocolate actually.
So, with no chocolate in the house I had nowhere to turn. Until I realised I had a few ingredients in my cupboard that might might just be the perfect remedy for my sweet tooth without all the nasty added sugars and preservatives.
This is how our new favourite treat came about. My no sugar, CLEAN, oat flapjacks.
I've made flapjacks before but I used more butter than I could admit to and brown sugar.... Lots of brown sugar. This time I was determined to find a way around that.
Late last Saturday night, full of late night snacking notions, I hurried into the kitchen to empty my cupboards and see what I could come up with and I'm delighted with the outcome.
Recipe for No Sugar CLEAN Oat Flapjacks
2 tablespoons Coconut Oil (I like the Vita Coco Coconut Oil as it's 100% raw)
3 tablespoons of organic honey or agave
2 tablespoons of peanut butter or almond butter
Approximately 3 cups of rolled oats
-Heat the coconut oil, honey and peanut butter in a pan until melted and stirred through then simply add in your oats. I do a cup at a time and stop once the oats are thoroughly coated in the mixture and the mixture is all soaked up.
-Pour oat mix into a baking tray lined with baking paper.
-Into a preheated oven (180°) for approximately 15 minutes or until the edges start to brown.
-Remove tray from the oven and leave to cool.
-When the tray is completely cooled, lift out the mixture and pop it straight into the fridge to set and try your best to leave it as long as you can!
-When cooled and set, slice and enjoy!
These are so much nicer the next day after being kept in the fridge, I really have to limit myself or I'd end up eating the lot.
What's great about this little recipe is that it's completely customisable also. You could easily add chia seeds, goji berries, pumpkin seeds, chopped nuts and even dark chocolate if the notion took you. In their basic form they turned out to be a really delicious and moreish snack and they definitely hit the spot when you're in need of something sweet. Whilst the nut butter allows a feeling of moreish decadence, the Vita Coco Coconut Oil and the honey lift it a little so it's not hugely dense on the stomach (something I have to be careful about).
I posted this recipe in a clean eating group on Facebook yesterday - The Clean Kitchen - which was set up by the adorable AJ (from AJ Makeup) and so far the feedback has been fantastic and already a fair few have hurried into their own kitchens to get their sweet fix.
If you're looking to pick up some Vita Coco Coconut Oil I'd suggest Boots at the moment as they have the 500ml tub for just £9.99 and 3 for 2 on the range also so it's a great time to stock up, especially considering it's many uses! I am currently using it to cook (both savoury and sweet), on my hair and on my dry skin. What a time to be alive! Or if you happen to be in your local Tesco, they have the 250ml tub for £4 which is a great wee saving.
Hope you enjoy the flapjacks! I've already been asked to make another batch so I think this time round I'll mix it up a little, maybe add some pistachios, you know... live a little...