I love, love, love making these oatcakes. I started making them to help my mum have a healthier snack than biscuits, then moreso after being in the NatWest Accelerator programme (because I’d be in the studio or office all day instead of working from home)….I get hungry really easily. 😜
They’re cheap and easy to make and low in fat and refined sugar…also, because they’re made with oats, they keep you going longer than typical snacks.
I still make them by eye atm, but here’s the general jist of it: .
1.) Preheat the oven at 180°C and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
2.) Mash a ripe banana, then add some water and a squeeze of lemon juice. Grated apple works well here too. Also chuck in some maple syrup (adjust based on fruit used/level of sweetness preferred) and a pinch of salt.
3.) Stir in jumbo oats, along with any additional toppings. The one pictured has dark cooking chocolate chunks, but sometimes I use goji berries.
4.) Place the mixture on the tray in a rectangular shape, about an inch high. Bake for about 20mins until the outside is slightly hardened.
5.) Place on a cooling rack, then cut into bars or cubes once chilled.
Combos I’ve done so far are apple and goji berries; blueberries; chocolate. Oats, banana, lemon juice and maple syrup are consistent throughout. I use water instead of golden syrup or any other type or sweetener to keep the oats moist and sugar levels low. Personally, I find the fruit makes it sweet enough, and the maple syrup boosts it a little. Honey would work well too, I’m sure.
I’d much rather make my own snacks like this than buy them, as it’s cheaper, you can add any filling you want, and there’s no plastic waste from packaging! 💚