Looking for a healthy snack or breakfast on the go? These flapjacks take 10 mins to make, 20 mins to bake and are packed full of goodness without a grain of sugar or golden syrup in sight.
Time to make: 30 mins (10 mins prep + 20 mins cooking)
- 500g Oats
- 450g Dried dates
- 600ml Boiling water
- 50g Almonds (whole or flaked)
- 100g Sunflower or Pumpkin seeds (or mix)
- 50g Desiccated coconut
- 100g Raisins, sultanas or cranberries
- Optional: tsp ground Cinnamon or Ginger
- Pre-heat oven to 180°C.
- Chop the dates up (I use scissors to save time), pop in a saucepan of boiling water and simmer for about 10 mins.
- Weight out all other ingredients and mix together well.
- Grease a large baking tray or line with baking paper.
- Once dates soft enough, mash or blend to make a smooth paste. Once paste is cool, add to the other ingredients and mix well.
- Spread mixture evenly in tray (press down to make it level) and bake for 20 mins/until starting to brown.
- Keep in airtight container in fridge and use within 3 days or freeze
- Add blended or mashed over-ripe bananas for added sweetness and banananess
- Experiment with other nuts and seeds – walnuts, pecans (mmm) or poppy seeds go well
- Leave out the coconut if you’re not a fan or you could use ground almonds instead
- Oats are one of the most nutrient dense foods out there. They are packed full of fibre (beta-glucan) which helps to lower cholesterol and contributes to good bowel health. These little wholegrains also contain B vitamins and magnesium which are natural mood enhancers and help the body with energy release too.
- Nuts contains essential fatty acids which feed your brain and are packed full of vitamins and minerals such as B vitamins and calcium for bone health. Almonds will help keep your skin, hair and nails looking lovely by delivering a good dose of vitamin E and are lower in fat and higher in fibre than most other nuts.
- Dates and the other dried fruit provide the treat of sweetness as well as energy with their natural sugars. Don’t be fooled, this isn’t all they are good for! Dates are renowned for bowel health due to the fibre content (also good for your heart) as well as magnesium, which is an anti-inflammatory. Studies are even currently exploring the theory that dates can aid childbirth when eaten in the 4 weeks before delivery, allegedly increasing chances of a natural non-induced birth (so that’s another one to add to your list along with Raspberry Leaf Tea and Curry!).
- All in all these flapjacks are a gift to your digestive system and contain plenty of energy giving vitamins and minerals. Although they do contain sugar, this comes from fruit sugars, delivered as they were meant to be – from fruit (rather than lashings of refined sugar which overloads our systems). Plus all the fibre from the fruit and the oats slows down your body’s digestion of glucose, so you don’t get the crazy insulin spike (and subsequent crash) that added sugar can cause.