Just when I’m getting more tired would like to rest more before the next baby comes along, Little Miss Spice has decided that afternoon naps are no longer her thing. She’s also become quite bossy, ‘Mummy sit down’, pointing at the floor next to her, ”Mummy read book’ and if she sees me with my apron on, she knows it means I won’t be giving her my full attention and starts pulling at it, demanding that I, ‘Take it off’. Unless of course it means we are making biscuits together. She’s very picky but she does love star-shaped biscuits and cereal bars. Usually we make the biscuits together but we buy the cereal bars, I decided it was time to try and make some bars together, not quite as healthy as the ones she usually has, but I thought it would be a nice treat for her and for me.
I based the recipe on a recipe I found in Mary Berry’s Baking Bible in the Baking for Children chapter, but used different quantities of ingredients and different types of sugar and flour. I thought they were lovely and sweet and gooey in the middle from the banana, and the few chocolate chips on the top went really well. I would definitely make them again and make double the quantity. If only… If only Little Miss Spice had liked them. Well, the nearest she has got so far to trying them is licking one, although she did enjoy playing with the mixture and helping to make them. Never mind. I shouldn’t complain that she doesn’t want to eat something with sugar and chocolate in it. I’m sure in a couple of years time I’ll be wishing she didn’t like sweet things like this. Although hopefully by then she will agree to eat a few vegetables too.
I am linking these to Treat Petite, hosted by Cakeyboi and also The Baking Explorer. The theme is baking for loved ones. I am also linking to Family Foodies, hosted by Eat Your Veg and Bangers & Mash. The theme is love and although my daughter didn’t really take to these, she had fun helping to make them. Finally I am linking to Teatime Treats, hosted by Lavender and Lovage and The Hedgecombers The theme is chocolate.
Ingredients – Makes about 12 small bars
75g white self-raising flour
20g wholemeal flour
75g porridge oats
75g golden caster sugar
110g room-temperature butter, cubed
1 ripe banana
30g chocolate chips
How to Make Banana and Chocolate Chip Bars
1. Put the flour, oats and sugar in a bowl and mix together. Add the butter and rub together with your fingers until it resembles breadcrumbs.
2. Grease and line the bottom of a loose-bottomed square baking tin (18cm). Add about 2/3 of the mixture and press it down with your fingers.
3. Slice the bananas and lay them on the oat mixture. Top with the rest of the mixture and press down again. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top.
4. Bake in the oven at 180C for about 25 minutes. Let them cool in the tin but run the knife through to slice them into squares while they are still warm.