I don’t know about you, but I find the first hour after school the hardest part of the day! They come in like a whirlwind, pent-up from being stuck in educational prison for six hours, sugar levels low, all talking at once, and generally grumpy!!
I have learnt over the years of parenting that being prepared for this works in my favour big time!!
To put it simple…..just feed them! They are ravenous little monkeys when they come out of school and will eat anything in their pathway! It’s so easy to grab something convenient, especially things like biscuits and crisps but the more knowledge we have of these things the more we do try to make the effort to avoid them.
I’m not in any way saying my children don’t eat these things, they do! We’re all busy and sometimes having the time go make things from scratch just doesn’t work! But when it does, it’s worth the effort.
I’ve been making after school snacks for a little while now. Keeping them to easy to make recipes is a must. Also a plate of fruit, oranges cut into segments, bananas halved, and some grapes is always on menu along with something for their sweet tooth.
Banana + Date flapjacks
Gluten free, dairy free, egg free, soya free, nut free, refined sugar-free
85g banana, ripe
100g dates soaked in 100g boiling water
1 tbsp vanilla extract
50g virgin organic coconut oil, melted
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
250g gluten-free oats (I used normal oats as we aren’t gluten intolerant)
Place the dates in the boiling water and leave to soak for 5 minutes
Once soaked, tip into food processor/blender along with the banana, melted coconut oil, vanilla, bicarbonate of soda, process until a smooth paste.
Tip the paste into a large bowl and add the oats, stir to combine and press into a greased oven proof tin, approx 20 x 15 cm
Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees fan, gas mark 4 for approximately 25 minutes until golden and firm.
These aren’t like usual chewy flapjacks, they are a lot softer.
Cut and store for up to 4 days.
These really are super easy and quick to make and great for kids to help with, hope you enjoy them as much as we did.