Update: 12 Feb 2017
These healthy pear flapjacks starred in my daughter’s lunchbox during her first week of kindy. Great for kids that like muesli bars, oat bars or cookies. I cut them into bar size and the mixture is about 1.5cm high in a 20cm x 20cm baking dish. They are very quick & easy to make. A perfect healthy lunchbox counterpart packed with fibre!
Fun fact: Did you know one medium pear has 5.5g of fibre? Hence, it is one of the most fibre rich fruits.
Pear flapjacks for Kids
1 1/2 cups of Oats
1/2 cup dried fruit (I used 1/4 cup dried cranberries and 1/4 cup sultanas)
2 peeled, cored & chopped ripe pears (you don’t have to peel it & this way you keep more fibre)
Juice from half an orange
1/2 cup Dessicated coconut
2tbsp Macadamia nut oil (for nut free schools you can substitute this with another 2 tbsp butter or nutfree spread)
1tbsp Butter (or nut free spread)
Preheat your oven to 180oC & get out a 20cm x 20cm square cake tin.
In a food processor, whizz oats, dried mixed fruit, coconut, orange juice and pears to get a thick paste.
In a saucepan melt the butter together with the honey and macadamia nut oil. (OR to save on dishes, I make this in a pyrex dish that I can quickly pop in the pre-heating oven to melt). Pour this into your tin (this acts to grease the tin too) and swirl it around. Mix in the oat mixture. Pat the flapjack mixture down into the tin & pop it into the oven for 20mins.
Cut it into bar like slices once it is out of the oven. You can store these in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days. You can also freeze them in layers separated by baking paper in a freezer friendly container. They hold up really well going into the recess lunch box straight from the freezer.