Butternut fritters…or are they flapjacks…?

butternut fritters crumpets flapjacks healthy treat cinammon sugarI was reading up on the concept of Clean Eating recently and some of the concepts appealed to me as I have been trying to make healthier choices. Saying that in the (10 days short of a) year that I have been food blogging it was “Food Blogging that made me Fat” would be laughable and very immature to not take responsibility for what I have been putting into my body.

Autumn and Winter is a great time to get veggies in with all the soups and stews that are perfect to come home to after a trip home on a leaky bus but it doesn’t help the waistline if you follow that up with some hot chocolate and homemade butter cookies. I’m hesitating to type this next part but I have also signed up for the Winter Special at ABC boot camp that starts on 28 May. This winter special consists of 2 consecutive boot camps (5 days a week) for R850 (normal price R690 per camp). If you want to join me in the insanity, click here and tell them I sent you. At the end of the day, I’m going to need your help to stick it out and go every night come rain, wind, runny nose and the like.

I found this recipe on the Pick n Pay website and decided to make it for the kids on one rainy day over the long weekend. It went down better than I expected with many 2nd, 3rd and 4th helpings before we went off to Canal Walk to have a squizz at the Car Show. I have to feed my brood before we go out to stop the “I’m hungry” whine.

Butternut Fritters

500 grams butternuts, diced

1 large PnP egg

125 ml PnP low fat milk

7 ml PnP ground cinnamon

2 tbsp PnP brown sugar

1.5 cups self raising flour, bran-rich

60 ml PnP olive oil, or canola oil

1 tub PnP low fat yoghurt, for serving

  • Makes about 16
  • Simmer butternut in boiling water until cooked through
  • Drain well and set aside
  • Mash or purée butternut until smooth. Mix in egg, milk, cinnamon and sugar.
  • Sift flour into wet ingredients and carefully fold through to combine. Leave to stand for 10-15 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a large non-stick pan to a medium heat. Spoon mixture into pan.
  • Cook until golden on both sides and cooked through
  • Serve with a dollop of yoghurt, chopped nuts and a drizzle of maple syrup or honey

Instead of serving mine with the recommended yogurt, honey and nuts I made up a batch of cinnamon sugar using about half a cup of castor sugar and added 1 heaped tablespoon on cinnamon. I placed about 3 tablespoons of cinnamon sugar on a plate and drained the flapjacks on some paper towel before transferring them over to the sugar covered plate. I then sprinkled some more cinnamon sugar over the top and dusted off the excess before serving.

While I was typing this up, I was trying to decide what to call it. PnP calls them flapjacks but I would call them fritters due to the fruit/veg content. Can anyone help me out and explain the difference?

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