You know when they say that if you get three signs it means you should do something? Will that’s how this flapjack recipe came about. Not one, but three different Uniquely Healthy clients asked if I had a good healthy flapjack recipe, and even when I searched online I couldn’t really find anything that jumped out to me as being pretty straight forward to make with out faffy ingredients, and that was of course, healthy!
Regular flapjack recipes tend to be made with oats, butter and golden syrup. As delicious as that sounds, a tonne of butter and sugar isn’t going to do anyone many favours, especially if you really love flapjacks and like to eat them all the time! This recipe can be made in 5 minutes flat so you can enjoy a healthy flapjack treat as often as you want. These are a seriously lightened up, yet nomtastic flapjacks!
- 2.5 cups / 250g jumbo porridge oats (not the Scottish or quick cook type)
- 1 cup / 60g of chopped dried apple
- 1/2 cup / 30g of pecans
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 4 tbsp / 40g butter (use coconut oil to make it vegan)
- 3/4 cup / 200g of apple sauce (I used two pots of pure apple and pear baby food)
- 1/2 cup / 125mls maple syrup (I used Clarks blended with fruit carob brand)
- Pre heat the oven to 180c. Combine the oats, apple, cinnamon and pecans in a large bowl. Add the butter to a separate bowl and melt in the microwave (or on the hob). Add the apple sauce and maple syrup to the melted butter and stir to combine. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well. Grease a baking tin (I used 8x8 tin) and pour the mix in, patting it down firmly with the back of a spoon. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes until golden brown. Leave to cool in the tin before removing and cutting into slices.
I used dried apple and pecans, which of course can be swapped for any other dried fruit and nuts of choice.
I still wanted to use real butter in this recipe for that buttery flavour, also I don’t believe that a little bit of butter will do any harm!
The dried apple gives these a more spongy texture which I really liked, but I expect they would be more dense if a different dried fruit was used. You could also experiment with using honey in place of the maple syrup.
I’d really like to make another version of these for James with cherries and almonds. These passed his high flapjack standards so I was very happy! They also passed the work colleague taste test too :-)
Do you like flapjacks? What combo of dried fruit and nuts would you use?