Trying to find some healthier snack alternatives this Christmas? Our friends at Sneaky Veg have come up with a great guilt free version of the traditional jaffa cake that’s bound to be a hit with all the family!
Jaffa cakes are traditionally little sponge cakes topped with orange jelly and chocolate. These healthier versions actually don’t contain any cake at all, instead the base is made with lots of lovely oats and no refined sugar, making them a great snack for you and your little ones. These bars are also dairy free and vegan – but just be sure to buy vegan chocolate.
Here’s what to do if you fancy having a go at making these yourself:
50g nuts (I used hazelnuts)
100g chopped dates
Juice and zest of one orange
35ml sunflower oil
3 tbsp orange marmalade
100g bar of dark chocolate
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C fan. Grease and base line a 20cm square cake tin.
Place the oats, nuts, dates, orange juice and zest and oil into a food processor and pulse until well combined.
Spread smoothly over the base of the tin and bake in the oven for 20 minutes until firm and golden brown.
Remove and allow to cool completely. Melt the chocolate. While it’s melting spread the marmalade over the top of the oat cake. Pour the melted chocolate over the top, allow to cool slightly then pop in the fridge to set. If you want to avoid the chocolate cracking remove the cake from the fridge after half an hour or so and cut into squares or bars.
Ta da, nutritious and delcious jaffa cakes!
You can find the original recipe on the Sneaky veg blog. All recipes are by Mandy Mazliah, a mother of three who is always striving to find ways to make nutritious meals for her children, you can click here to see more of her yummy inventions.
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