Here's one of my little guessipes. I call them guessipes because the measurements are by no means exact, and sometimes a little adjustment is required or desired.
I started making these because after my husbands heart attack we have been trying to cut out any unnecessary fats and additives. Our diet was fairly healthy already, but we still want to make sure we are doing the best we can.
My husband always used to take a store bought muesli type biscuit to work every day to have with his cuppa, but if you look at the ingredients of these things, they are not particularly low in fat (and they are also expensive to buy).
Due to the fact I have no added fat in my oaty bars, the texture is different- not crunchy, a bit chewy but not too sticky like a flapjack - but they are good - OK so they are not as yummilicious as a flapjack, but then these are healthy - flapjacks I am afraid are not!
(The mug in the picture is my favourite one given to me by a dear friend some time ago - you know who you are !!!)
Fat Free Oaty Bites - the Guessipe
Approx 250g rolled oats or porridge oats.
I jar apple sauce. (I used a 280g jar)
Approx 4 tablespoons runny honey
A handful each of the following:-
pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, raisins, goji berries, dried cranberries, chopped dates.
Mix everything together adding more honey if it is not sticking together enough. Press with your fingers into a large rectangle on some baking parchment on a baking tray and bake in the oven for about 25 minutes at 160 c in a fan assisted oven- adjust according to your oven type. While warm cut into squares and when slightly cooler place squares upside down on a cooling tray to dry out properly. When cold, place in a storage container. Enjoy. They are a good healthy snack to nibble , and they are quite filling - and so cheap to make compared to store bought alternatives!
Chop and change the recipe as you fancy. You can add things like coconut, dried papaya and mango, almonds,crystallized ginger or anything else that you enjoy.
Why not wrap them individually and grab one when you go out to work or play !