I’ve been feeling blue lately. And thank the Lord it’s not just me! As soon as I mentioned my ‘autumnal lull’ to my friend, she said “I’m so pleased you said that you’re feeling a bit miserable because I am too!” So if you’re having a bout of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), take comfort in knowing you’re not alone.
I feel like I want to do lots of productive things but can’t find the enthusiasm. There’s a heaviness in the air – the days are so short. I can’t seem to find anything to wear which is warm (and still trendy) in my wardrobe. Yada yada yada.
Anyway, one thing that gave me a kick this morning was making these delish flapjacks, made with dried fruit and coconut oil. They are a healthier version to the butter and sugared varieties but really good and comforting.
4 oz dates
4 oz dried figs
2 tbsp flax seeds
2 tbsp sunflower seeds
Heaped spoonful cinnamon
3 oz coconut oil (melted)
5 oz jumbo oats
1-2 tsp chickpea or spelt flour
Other ingredients to add if you wish are desiccated coconut, pecans, unsweetened cranberries…anything that takes your fancy. Mine are nut free as I have a couple of friends who would swell up if they even sniffed these!
Chop the dates and figs – put into a pan with 5 tbsp water and boil just enough until it makes the water syrupy.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the date and fig mixture.
Place and flatten into a (coconut oil) greased baking tray. Squidge down.
Cook in a pre heated oven for 25 minutes at 180 degrees centigrade.
When they come out of the oven slice into squares but leave in the tray until they are cool.
Store in a container and keep in the fridge.
Sending you love from my bed at 2pm in the afternoon! I figured the only place to be on a cold day like this is somewhere warm, snuggly and peaceful. I feel a Sex And The City box set marathon coming on…