So this is the point where I am pleased that I decided to brand this feature as cooking healthier food with kids, rather than claiming it was healthy food. I did do that on purpose. Partly because there are so many different interpretations of what actually is healthy food, and also because I do believe that kids can get away with a few sweet treats too, just not too many, and we should think carefully about what goes into the food we feed them.

The fact that Mum's gone Paleo means there are lots of oats left in the house, so it made sense to make flapjacks today. Flapjacks are notoriously the simplest recipe in British baking, and can be just oats, butter and syrup, but we added a few extra ingredients to ours. It's still all about mixing, which is BB's favourite part of cooking right now.


1/2 cup butter
2 dessert spoons golden syrup
2 cups oats
1 dessert spoon desiccated coconut
1 dessert spoon raisins
a sprinkle of cinnamon


  • Put the butter and the syrup in a bowl and microwave for a minute until all the butter is melted. Mix it together
  • Put all the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix
  • Press the mixture firmly into a small greased baking tray and the bake at around 180ÂșC for about 25-30 mins
  • Remove from oven and leave to cool. 
  • When it has cooled a bit, but not set, cut into squares
  • Leave to cool some more before you try and get them out of the tin (if you can wait that long!)

BB is just starting to the hang of the idea that it's best if you hold the bowl with one hand while mixing with the other - this is good - he's making less mess!

Mixing the dry ingredients

Adding the wet ingredients and mixing. 

Hello, and thanks for stopping by. My name is Emma and I am a lifestyle entrepreneur, writer, teacher, coach and mentor. I am passionate about eating real food, learning, travel and health. I get to spend my days with my amazing son who has chosen to learn from the world rather than at school. We write to share the life we love and to help others create a life they love too.


  1. I tend to agree that kids can generally "get away with" a few more treats. I also think that if you're using higher quality ingredients it's better, not just buying a box or can of crap. My homemade frosting is much better than anything store bought and loaded with unpronounceable junk. The flapjacks look tasty :)

  2. Looks delicious! By golden syrup, do you mean corn syrup? Do you think maple syrup would work...I am Canadian after all! LOL!

  3. Yes I definitely agree - at least if it's home made from real food you know what they are eating. I was comparing coconut milks last night and found one (E471) which doesn't even have a name - just a number! And what it is, is questionable from all accounts.

  4. I think golden syrup is cane sugar, but I could be wrong. I love maple syrup so I think they would taste great. The only question is wether they would set - do try them and let us know!