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.
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.
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?0 likes