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Banana flapjacks

The sugar in these comes from the banana. They taste really great. You could add in some dried fruit if you have a really sweet tooth, or when I made them, I added in chopped mixed nuts and some hemp protein powder so they are  a good source of protein and essential fats.

2 large bananas 
1 cup or less chopped dried fruit (optional), or
1 cup or less chopped nuts
2 cups oats 
80ml vegetable oil 
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 teaspoons cinnamon or mixed spice

1. Mash the bananas in a large bowl
2. Add the dried fruit/nuts if using and oil to the bananas and mix together
3. Stir in the oats and the vanilla essence and leave for 5 mins, so the oats absorb the oil
4. Spoon the mixture into a well greased baking tray and bake at 175C or gas mark 5 for about 25 minutes

Tip: cut into squares when still warm

Sesame Bars 

These sesame bars make a great dessert or nutritious pick-me-up any time of day. They are full of minerals, essential fatty acids and antioxidants and will not disrupt blood sugar levels. I made them for my son's pack lunch and my toddler loves them too.

1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup sesame seeds
3 cups of dried fruit such as pitted dates, prunes, figs, raisins
1/8 tsp salt

1. Pulse all ingredients in food processor until mixture holds together when pressed.
2. Press mixture into 9-inch square pan, and chill. Cut into squares to serve.

Makes 30 bars