Sugar Free Oaty Treats

Easy peasy and a great alternative to flapjacks or other sugary snacks. The kids will love them!



3 medium, ripe fair trade bananas

298g tin mandarins in juice, drained

400g oats

1 tablespoon fair trade cocoa

100g sugar free chocolate drops (or sultanas)


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1. Whizz the bananas and drained mandarins in a blender.

2. Put into a large bowl.

3. Into the banana and mandarin mixture stir the cocoa, oats and chocolate drops.

4. Place onto a baking tray lined with a silicon liner or greaseproof paper.

5. Bake in the middle of a pre-heated oven for 40 minutes at 170ºC.

6. Allow to cool. Store in the fridge for up to 3 days.


Homemade Peanut Butter

This is a bit of a hassle but if you’re concerned about the added sugar, etc., in shop-bought peanut butter it’s worth a try.


You will need

150g peanuts, with shells and skins removed, £2.00 for 300g

1 tsp vegetable oil (optional), £0.13 per 100ml

Herbamare, £1.31 per 100g


Jar, for storage

Cost: £1 per jar*


1. Take 150g of peanuts and put in the blender with 1 tsp of vegetable oil and a sprinkling of herbamare.

2. Blend until smooth, stopping regularly to stir the mixture and to scrape it from the sides into the middle.

3. Scoop out and put into the jar.

4. Store in the fridge.





*The cost will be significantly reduced if you can obtain larger quantities of food-grade peanuts still in their shells. I used ready-to-eat unsalted jumbo peanuts for this recipe.

This is absolutely delicious served with wholemeal pitta bread and strips of red, yellow or orange pepper or celery. Mmmmmm!

Home made peanut butter like this can be used in recipes in place of tahini.

Instead of herbamare you could try adding very small amounts of chilli powder or cayenne pepper, dried herbs or even fresh herbs such as chives, parsley or coriander – whatever tickles your fancy.