Since losing a bit of weight and running a wellness/weight loss course I have found I am asked time and again about ways to top up between meals that aren’t going to take you off track from your goals – it may be weight loss or just finding a healthier way to eat. If weight loss is your aim then snacking is not going to help you but some days you are using more energy or are simply more hungry than others and you might just need something to get you through. That’s ok, just go with it. I can honestly say that I have had this for every meal at some stage … it keeps you full and feels like you are eating pudding at any time of the day !
This recipe for apple and oat slice ticks all the boxes. You can have it for breakfast with some fruit or yoghurt, on it’s own for a mid morning or afternoon snack or for a little bit of something sweet after dinner. Kids will love it in lunch boxes and it is the perfect thing to grab to eat on the go when time is at a premium and you don’t want to fall prey to the temptations of nasty fast food.
Filled with oats, fruit and spices you are going to want to have this time and again. This recipe is vegan, gluten free (if you are coeliac or gluten intolerant make sure your oats are gluten free), contains no oil but has lots of good fatty acids from the nuts and flax seeds, very little sugar and lots of fibre and flavour.
This recipe is very adaptable so use what you like – try different nuts or fruits. Add some cranberries or other spices. Use what’s in season and what tastes good to you. If you don’t have flax seeds in your fridge ( and you should !) you can substitute in an egg.
Oat and Apple Slice
3 tablespoons of flax seeds
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
2 teaspoons each of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 apples, diced – you can also use pear, I like a mix of both – I have used a grated carrot with good results too
2 cups of almond milk (or any other milk you like)
1/2 cup of apple sauce
1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup or honey to taste – if your fruit is sweet you won’t even need this
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup nuts – almonds, walnuts or pecans work best
Place flax seeds in a small bowl with 1/3 cup of warm water and allow to stand for a few minutes.
In a large bowl mix together oats, spices, baking powder and sugar. Make a well and pour in the milk, apple sauce, flax seeds, maple syrup and vanilla. Stir to combine.
Fold in your diced fruit and pour into a baking tray. The mixture should be quite wet. Smooth the mixture in the pan and sprinkle over the nuts.
Bake in a moderate oven (180 degrees) for about an hour until the middle is cooked.