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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Flapjacks (fat free & processed sugar free)



Flapjacks are one those things where you think you're eating something healthy when really you're eating quite a lot of fat and sugar with some healthy ingredients added in. Although they are probably healthier than a cake if they're full of seeds and nuts, they're still not that great for you; I thought I'd try this recipe I found in the Honestly Healthy cook book and they're surprisingly good.

Ingredients
85g/ 1/2 cup chopped pitted dates
225ml/ 1 cup of water
75g/ 1/2 cup of raw cashews
75g/ 1/2 cup of raw hazelnuts
210g/ 2 1/3 cups of rolled oats
155g/ 1/2 cup of honey/agave syrup
about 150g/ 1 cup of nuts, seeds, dried fruit chocolate etc. I use sunflower seeds, chopped dried apricots, desiccated coconut, chopped nuts, chia seeds and dark chocolate.

Preheat the oven to 160C/325F/Gas mark 3
Put the dates and half the water in a saucepan and bring to the boil, simmer until the dates are soft. Put the water and dates in the food processor and blend until a paste forms and place into a large mixing bowl.
Put the cashews and hazelnuts in the food processor with the rest of the water and blend until a smooth cream forms, then place into the bowl with the date paste.
Add in the oats, honey and mixture of nuts, seeds, dried fruit etc.
Transfer the mixture into a baking tray lined with baking paper roughly 8" x 8" or 11" x 7"
Sprinkle with seeds and bake for 30 minutes.

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