What are flapjacks?
Flapjacks are something I grew up around, my mum would always buy me them for my school time snack, even after the healthy eating initiative was introduced. Flapjacks could appear healthy to the untrained eye but they are anything but. Traditional flapjacks are thick with fresh dairy butter and sweetened with heavy quantities of golden syrup. This paired with the already calorie dense oats makes for a very fattening calorific treat. They don’t have to be so unhealthy though, by swapping out a few ingredients and adding a little nutrition they can be the perfect mid morning snack. These healthy flapjacks can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days. They contain 140kcal each. This recipe will only make 4 servings so don’t forget to double up if you need more!
Do you have a diet restriction?
This recipe is great for those with these dietary restrictions:
- Gluten Free (if you’re not sensitive to oats)
- Dairy Free
- Low FODMAP
Step 1: Mix your dry ingredients
To start with to make a healthy flapjack we will need oats. Pour 1 cup of oats into a bowl. to this, add 1/4 a cup of mixed seeds and dried fruit. I used the seed crunch breakfast topper by Naturya with a few extra goji berries and mixed seeds chucked in. I’m generally not a fan of dried fruit, but I LOVE these mixes. Give them a quick mix together.
Step 2: Mix your wet ingredients
Next we need to add our wet ingredients. This consists of 1 mashed banana and 2 tbsp of honey or maple syrup, for this recipe, I tend to just grab whichever is closest to my hand when I open the cupboard. Personally I don’t have a preference, I think they both work really well. If you are vegan you will want to choose maple syrup. Mix this all together with your dry ingredients. If your healthy flapjack mixture still feels a bit crumbly you may want to add a little more banana or syrup in small amounts, a little goes a long way!
Step 3: Bake your flapjack!
Load your flapjack mix into a cake tin. I love these spring form options, they make removing whatever your baking effortless… I have no idea how people remove cakes from traditional tins! Bake in an oven preheated to 180c for 25 minutes or until golden on top. Leave to cool before cutting into 8 pieces.
Not a fan of seeds and goji berries? Why not swap them for:
- Chocolate chips or extra cacao nibs
- Mixed nuts
- Orange zest
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