This simple recipe for flapjacks was created by me after a one hour drive with my kids. I vouched never to leave the house and put them in the car for more than 10 minutes without having some sort of snacks at hand. So do entertain yourself with the journey and hope you enjoy the recipe!!!
Anyone who has kids will tell you how much fun it is to take a trip in a car with kids for longer than the duration of 10 minutes. How many times you will hear the dreaded phrase “are we there yet”, or “how long till were there” one can only begin to explain.
So today we set off on a 1 hr drive. Luckily for us this time my daughter started asking the dreaded questions 5 minutes into the journey. After calmly explaining to her that it would take at least an hr to get there she then suggested we play a game. I roll my eyes as I know what is coming, yes the I spy with my little eye game. You know the one u have to guess what each persons little eye has spotted after given them a clue. We usually will pick a colour as the clue and then we all take turns In guessing. Kids will usually always spy something that no adult can see. Usually because its something that is hiding inside there monkey backpack which they have packed themselves and therefore nobody even knows its in there. ( Kids have the ability of making up there own rules that of course suits them) So no amount of guessing will get you anywhere. Then when u don't get it , they will proudly tell you that they have won. I'm totally cool with loosing , if that ends the game any faster Bring it on…I’ll be the QUEEN of loosing.
During the course of the ride they will also inevitably be holding something that they could not leave home without – You know all those essential things they need like water balloons, a couple rocks , 3 legos welded together some coins from some foreign country you visited 2 years ago and the list goes on. They will then drop one of these items and all hell will break loose. You will eventually be forced to pull over and retrieve the item if you want any peace for the remainder of the journey. This may be repeated a number of times until you reach your destination.
There will be a couple minutes of silence , then you will feel your car seat being kicked – usually no amount of threats will make them stop. So you may have to resolve to bribing them with ice cream or something. This usually works.
Another few minutes will pass , then you will hear bickering , screaming and crying as they start picking on each other. A thought of giving them an I pad to watch Pepa pig does cross my mind, however that goes against my moral beliefs and more importantly I don't own an Ipad.
After they have had a go at each other , they will ask for some music. Following which you will attempt to find a channel on the radio. As the connection on the high way will be terrible you will fail. They will then ask if they can hear the playlist songs that are on your phone. Be weary – This is just a trick so they can get hold of your mobile phone in order to play games or connect to some inappropriate internet site and waste all your roaming data.
By the time you retrieve your phone you will be close to your destination and you will get stuck in traffic of course. The are we there yet comments will start again. You will have some patience but then will probably crack it. At that point one of them will start screaming that they need the toilet. You will not be sure if they are bluffing or not. Usually they are BUT can you risk it? So of course you will frantically start weaving in and out of cars trying to find somewhere to stop so you can get them out the car to pee. Once out of the car you somehow maneuver the car door and position yourself as so not to expose any nakedness to the ongoing cars .You will then proceed to pull down there pants expecting waterfalls only to wait, and wait , and wait for a little drizzle to come out.
AT that point you will feel like strangling them. I strongly suggest you refrain from doing so, Its not worth it (PRISON FOOD is not that great)
Anyhow you will them scramble to get them into the car , struggle with the seat belts but eventually manage and start driving again. You will then have to deal with the phrase I'M HUNGRY. Of course you will not have any food in the car, I mean this wasn’t meant to be a road trip that needed food supplies its a one hr car drive. Even after explaining this concept to them that you can not give them food because there is simply no food in the car , they will keep insisting that they want to eat NOW and that they are Hungry. The simple response after explaining to them is sure honey what would you like. They will tell you what it is they want and then you will say “ ok making it right now, it will be ready in a minute”. At that point they will look a little confused Because they know there's no food in the damn car and there just messing with your patients because your NOT THERE YET!!
Rest assured you will eventually get there, AND they will run out the car , AND they will NOT need to go to the toilet, AND They Will NOT eat anything that they ordered at the restaurant because they were sooo hungry and the essential articles they brought with them will be forgotten somewhere only to be remembered on thee car ride back home OF course!!!
3 cups gluten free oats
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup
90 grams coconut oil
Combine melted coconut oil and maple syrup. Add the oats and coconut sugar and mix to combine. Pour into a 20 cm baking tray (lined with baking paper) and cook in a preheated oven on 170 degrees for about 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from oven and leave it cool and cut into slices. Place in an airtight container and remember to take them with you on those long drives with kids!!!.