Date, hazelnut and cacao nib flapjacks

Date, cacao nib and hazelnut flapjacks

I always feel a little cheated with flapjacks. They should really be the healthy option, since they’re made of oats, and in my world anything with oats in it is good for you. But they’re not … far from it, in fact. Take the oats out of the equation and you’ve got syrup and butter and loads of it. Frankly, by the time you factor all of this in, you may as well have had the chocolate bar you compromised on in the first place. That is unless you use a few cheats to make your flapjacks the healthy treats they really should be.

Just in time to showcase my healthy date, hazelnut and cacao nib flapjacks, the lovely people at Joules got in touch with me and offered to send me some crockery, and with a collection as nice as theirs, how could I say no? The fox mug and side plate make me smile every time I use them – they’re just so darn cute! You can check out the full range by visiting the Joules website.

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Now, back to these guilt free, tasty, healthy, pretty darn good for you, flapjacks. Here’s how to make them:

  • 300g of oats
  • 100g of cacao nibs
  • 75g of chopped dates
  • 50g of chopped hazelnuts
  • 3 tbsps of coconut oil
  • 2 tbsps of rice malt syrup
  • Pre-heat the oven to 200c. Rub a suitable baking tin with a little coconut oil so the flapjacks don’t stick when they get baked.
  • Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan before adding the oats. Stir until the oats are coated in the oil and remove from the heat.
  • Add the rice malt syrup and stir until it has melted and coated the oats. Now pour in the dates, hazelnuts and cacao nibs and mix well, making sure these ingredients are thoroughly mixed in with the oats.
  • Pour the mixture into a baking tin and bake for 25 minutes. Once baked, allow the mixture to cool in the tin, before cutting into bars. This mixture made 12 bars for me, but it will largely depend on what size you cut them.

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These flapjacks are a little crunchier than the conventional kind, but they are far better for you and make for really good breakfast bars or afternoon snacks. Store them in an airtight container, where they will last around five days.

Do you like flapjacks? What healthy alternative do you make to your favourite treats?


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  • http://northernambitions.com ursula @ Nothern Ambitions

    oh wow these looks tasty. I’ll take pretty darn good for you flapjacks any day :)

  • http://confuzzledom.wordpress.com/ bevchen

    I love foxes! That mug and plate are so cute.
    The flapjacks look delicious too. I don’t think I’ve made flapjacks since school!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks lovely! I’ve gotten into the habit of making these recently to stop me buying the shop ready ones that aren’t so healthy. I’d rather get my treat calories from a bar of chocolate :-)

  • http://somethingshavehappened.blogspot.co.uk/ Siobhan

    I feel the same way about flapjacks! This is a great idea. I do healthier versions of chilli and tacos as I love those foods and beans should be great for you but once you add sour cream and guac and cheese it can get pretty loaded with not so hot stuff.

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Ooh but tacos are so good! I properly load them with all the unhealthy stuff but once I see it all in front of me, I have no restraint … Cheese and guac is just too good!x

  • http://meandmr.com melaniekay

    Yum, these look amazing! Thanks for the recipe!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      You’re welcome Melanie. If you make them I hope you like them x

  • http://acrossthehogsback.wordpress.com/ Gianni Washington

    I’ve almost got my brain retrained to visualize these bars when I hear the term “flapjacks” instead of American pancakes. These look delicious! Any snack that’s both tasty and good for you is a winner :)

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I’m with you on that Gianni, tasty and healthy rocks x

  • http://ourruins.com/ Valerie Price

    These look so good, and I love the plate and mug too!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Valerie. I love the plate and the mug too, Joules has some really lovely crockery x

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  • http://littleturkishgirl.blogspot.com Ashley J

    YUMMM, I love making bars like these at home! I love the touch of cacao :) I’m gonna have to try this recipe!

  • http://www.mirandasnotebook.com Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    Mm, these sound fantastic! And such a cute plate and mug set :) xxx

  • http://www.globetrottinginheels.com/ Elisa

    oh, these sounds fantastic! I cannot have oats unfortunately, but now I’m craving that flavor combo so I’ll have to come up with something :-)
    That plate is adorable!