Wednesday 21 May 2014

Flapjacks (Wholesome & processed sugar free)

When I think of flapjacks I think, healthy, lot's of nut's and seeds, high energy and again, healthy? but your regular flapjack recipe, which is oh so misleading, is not usually all that healthy. Yes, if you pack it full of seeds and nuts it does make it feel healthier but even so, they're still usually full of a lot of sugar and butter.

When I was out with my mum a week or so ago, we went to a Harris + Hoole coffee shop in between food shopping, let me just add I love love loved their crockery! As I was walking around the food shop I started talking about eating flapjacks and the joy that's involved with all things flapjack related; we only went to the cafe for coffee, but coincidentally they had sugar free banana flapjacks, so we bought one to share. Surprisingly, note: I am not a fan of bananas, it was oh so tasty, it didn't actually specify if they had artificial sweetener added which I don't actually use or eat but I figured why not give banana flapjacks a go.

I'll be honest this recipe is completely different to the flapjacks at Harris + Hoole, theirs had more of a raw texture (even though we asked and it's baked) however this flapjack actually tastes like a regular flapjack, granted you don't get that sugary taste, although if that's why you're eating flapjacks you've clearly been living under a very large rock without any baked goods, but this flapjack is a pretty wholesome healthy version without lacking in taste. I feel like you'd be able to give this to anyone and most people wouldn't notice the difference.

Modified from a Good Food recipe.

250g/ 2 3/4 cups rolled oats
160g/ 3/4 cup dried fruit (sultanas, cranberries, apricots etc.)
100g/ 3/4 cup seeds (pumpkin, sunflower etc.)
50g/4 tbsp coconut oil
30g/2 tbsp peanut butter (or other nut butter)
60g/3 tbsp honey/agave syrup
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 apple, grated

Heat the oven to 160C/320F/Gas mark 3.
Weigh out the oats, fruit and seeds in a bowl, mix and set aside.
Heat the coconut oil, peanut butter and honey in a pan until melted, Add the mashed banana and grated apple and mix until combined.
Pour the mixture into the bowl with the oats and mix until everything is wet and evenly combined.
Tip into a tin (I used a 12"x7" but you can use a 8" square or anything similar in size) and Bake in a pre-heated oven for 50-55 minutes until golden brown.
Once cooled cut up the flapjacks and keep in the fridge in an air tight container.

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