Seven days of Ramadan (holy month of fasting for Muslims) have passed already and I think most of us have got in to the swing of things. In these immensely long fasts of almost 19 hours, we need to give our bodies fuel that will keep us going throughout the day.
Below I have two snack ideas, one which requires some baking and one that can be prepared in one minute. I guarantee they will beat those tummy rumblings. Even when you’re not fasting these make great breakfast alternatives if you’re in a rush which let’s face it — we all are.
First up is flapjacks. No not those heavy sweet buttery things but I’m talking dairy-free, gluten-free (if you want) and sugar-free! But thank goodness full of flavour and you can customise these as you please, and of course bake in advance.
- 2 mashed bananas
- 100g chopped dates
- 180g rolled oats (I used Planet Organic RAW gluten-free oats)
- 80ml vegetable oil
- vanilla essence — 1 tsp
- cranberries — handful (optional)
- almonds/cashews/peanuts — handful (optional)
- flaxseed — 1tbsp (optional)
Put everything in a bowl and mix! Make sure the ingredients are thoroughly mixed and leave for 5 mins in order for the oats to absorb the oil.
Next line a square baking tin with greaseproof paper and fill with flapjack mixture. Press down so that it’s evenly spread. Put in a preheated oven for 20 – 25 mins at 180 c.
Take out of the oven and leave for 10 mins. Then cut into approx 16 squares. Once flapjacks are completely cooled store them in an airtight container . Eat 1 0r 2 every night at Suhoor.
Recipe adapted from a Mumsnet recipe.
Second snack is Avocado Crispbreads — I promise they taste better than they sound!
- Half an avocado
- 2 Ryvita Sesame Crispbreads
- Hoisin sauce
No need for cooking or baking, simply peel and chop half an avocado into small cubes. Place on the two crackers and drizzle with hoisin sauce. Voila – you have the best suhoor snack ever. Optional extras include a layer of smoked salmon or some cashew/peanut butter for that extra protein.