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Sugar-free flap jacks!

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I have been told & have read on many parenting blogs the importance of keeping your energy up during labour & when breastfeeding (where you use an extra 1000 calories a day to produce that wonderful & magical milk for your new baby!). And also the importance of having a well stocked freezer in preparation for the baby’s arrival when the last thing you want to be doing is cooking meals…

For this reason I have been filling the freezer with delicious healthy meals that my lovely partner can just defrost & heat up on the stove to feed us both during our first few tiring weeks after baby arrives! (I also have some wonderful friends who, instead of buying gifts for the baby, brought healthy, veggie food for the freezer as gifts to my baby shower! How blessed am I?!) So not only do we have a nice selection of food waiting for us, it’s going to be a pot luck of what we get to eat! 🙂

    But those extra 1000 calories a day needed for breastfeeding have been playing on my mind, & also needing healthy, energy packed snacks for the labour, I knew that if I didn’t sort something out ahead of time I’d end up reaching for less than healthy, sugar filled, processed foods that have been my downfall during my pregnancy! (Up until my pregnancy I have never in my life had a sweet tooth!).

For this reason I began searching for healthy, sugar free flap jack recipes. And these were the result…

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 … They are absolutely delicious, and although, unfortunately, they are not vegan, they are super healthy, containing lots of fruit, nuts & seeds,  using bananas, dates & a couple of table spoons of honey for their sweetness. They will slowly release their energy, and as well as all of the other health benefits of the ingredients, the banana is a source of potassium, which is needed in labour to help with ‘contractions’, and to stop you getting cramp in your muscles whilst you get yourself into various birthing positions your body may not be used to.

I found the recipe on Pinterest, and it comes from the blog of The Ginger Bread Mum. Follow the link to her amazing blog, and to get the recipe! My best friend & I made them a couple of nights ago, and we doubled the amount of ingredients suggested on the recipe so we would have a nice big batch. I have been saving overly ripe bananas for the last few weeks in preparation by peeling them and putting them in the freezer when they are past their best…

They are so delicious, I better put them out of sight until the birth otherwise they will all be eaten before then!

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