What? Flapjacks are uncool? This is a bold comment from The Guardian when I did a search for flapjacks on the web last night!
What if we made it with goodies like coconut oil, gluten free rolled oats, honey, luxury mixed dried fruits, a pinch of lemon rind, a pinch of roasted hazelnuts and a little touch of ginger? I think anything home made and easy to make is very cool!
This is the breakfast I had this morning – home made flapjacks/ oat bars with beautiful home made yoghurt and fresh passionfruit, alongside with a cup of English breakfast tea. What a wonderful morning!
These oat bars are so easy to make and they are great healthier alternatives for snacks. I started measuring up ingredients at 11.30pm last night and I was bed by 12.15am, smiling in my bed as I will have lovely breakfast when I wake up! The wonderful smell from the baking is just phenomenal!
I made 39 finger size flapjacks with a rectangular pan of 12 inches x 20 inches.
Basic Gluten Free Flapjacks (oatbars)
You will need:
350g gluten free rolled oats
175g coconut oil (or same amount of butter)
175g unrefined raw sugar (reduce by half if you add any dried fruits)
A drop or two of lemon juice
Optional – I also added a handful of mixed dried fruits, Roasted hazelnuts, fresh lemon rind, and a pinch of ground ginger
This is how I do it:
**preheat your oven to 160 degrees c
Step 1 – Put the sugar, the coconut oil, and the honey in a saucepan. Heat it and stir it until all the sugar has melted
Step 2 – Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix mix mix until all the liquid is absorbed to the rolled oats
Step 3 – Transfer your mixture into a greased baking tin (I used a non stick silicon cloth in the tin) and spread it evenly with a spatula
Step 4 – Bake it in the 160 degrees c oven for 30 to 40 minutes (until it’s beautifully golden brown)
Step 5 – Remove from oven, wait for baked product to cool down (10 minutes?), cut it into your desired nite sizes, and then return it to the oven to dry overnight for a crunchy bite!
“4 basic ingredients and 5 basic steps – you have a great snack and breakfast for your family!”
You have no excuse. Pre-heat your oven, measure your ingredients, and start cooking!