Bananas are a problematic fruit in our house. Up until recently Seb was the only one who would even contemplate eating them. Then about a fortnight ago, Atticus decided that he does now like bananas. When Atticus announced that he liked bananas (it did feel somewhat like a proclamation at the time), all of a sudden, I had to increase the weekly amount of bananas. This, however, then left me with a plethora of bananas as it turns out that Atticus’s new found love of bananas only really means he likes bananas on some days and sometimes only three quarters of a banana. Seb has taken to finishing off stray bits of Atticus’s bananas and I had to search for recipes to use up the overripe bananas that no-one wanted to eat. Rest assured, I have now reduced the weekly amount of bananas again – I can always go and buy more later in the week!
This recipe was a ‘What do I make with all the bananas that isn’t cake?’ recipe. It is an easier way of making flapjack with small children as it has no stove time; banana, oil and golden syrup bind it together. I made these with Ophelia and she really enjoyed making them and then proudly sharing them with her big brothers.
Recipe adapted from The Tickle Fingers Toddler Cookbook
- 2 ripe large bananas
- 9 tbsp vegetable oil
- 5 tbsp golden syrup
- 325g oats
- 75g slivered almonds
- 30 natural coloured glacé cherries
- Preheat the oven to 170°c fan and grease and line a 20cm (or slightly smaller) square tin. Our tin was a bit smaller (16cmx18cm) with thicker flapjacks.
- Put the bananas into a large bowl and squish and squash with the back of a fork until smooth.
- Add the oil and the golden syrup and mix until fully combined.
- Count out the cherries and slice in half with a table knife or pull apart.
- Add the oats and almonds and mix.
- Add the cherries and mix again until they are evenly distributed in the mixture.
- Transfer to the tin and flatten with the back of a spoon.
- Place in the oven for 30 minutes until golden.
- Remove from the oven and cut into slices or bite-size squares while still warm and in the tin.
- Leave to cool fully in the tin.
I am generally not a banana fan and I enjoyed these. One batch lasted the kids for the majority of the school week and got a happy reaction at the school gate. I have discovered though that Seb isn’t a huge fan of glacé cherries, but Ophelia really, I mean really loves them. Seb took to handing his unwanted cherries to her and she was gobbling them up as quickly as he gave them to her!