When I have time, it is nice to get in the kitchen and bake homemade snacks. As a runner, I am always experimenting with healthy and easy to eat snacks I can take with me on long runs. There were a few things lying around the kitchen, so I attempted a new flapjack recipe. As it has turned out to be a really tasty success, here is the recipe.
I didn’t measure anything, so these are rough estimates of quantity. You can easily see the texture of the final product as you’re making it so just add more of the ‘wet’ stuff if you prefer your flapjacks to have more moisture.
- 8 handfuls of oats
- 3 handfuls of mixed nuts and raisins
- 1 handful of Chai seeds
- 2 oranges
- 2 small bananas
- 4 teaspoons of honey
- Knob of butter
- 5 dates (remove the pits)
- Extra honey
Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees / gas mark 4.
First up is the orange mixture – this is like making a quick marmalade. Remove the skin from the oranges (don’t worry about being neat, it’ll end up in the blender). Juice the oranges and add it all to a small pan with the 4 tsps of honey. Let it boil up, then turn it down to simmer for about 7 minutes. but keep stirring. Once done, set aside (it will start to thicken so you might want to take it out of the pan).
Using you blender, add all your dry ingredients – oats, mixed nuts and raisins, chia seeds – whizz them all up so they are resembling flour. Set aside.
Using your blender again, add the wet ingredients – bananas, dates, orange mixture – whizz these all together. If it gets a bit sticky and dry, add a little melted butter to help keep it moving.
On a medium to low heat on the hob, using a heavy saucepan, add in a knob of butter a bit of honey until melted. Add in your dry mixture, stir it all in. It will probably look a bit dry at the moment. Once this is mixed up with the butter and honey, add in your wet ingredients. You can usually turn the hob off at this point. Mix everything together – you want it to hold together and feel a bit sticky. If it’s too dry and crumbly – add a bit more honey. If it is too wet – add in a few more oats.
Once you’re happy with the texture, put this in a parchment lined baking tray and pop into a preheated over for around 12 minutes. Check after 10 minutes, just to make sure it isn’t over-cooking. It should like slightly bronzed when done.
Leave to cool then cut them into portions. This recipe made made about 10 pieces for me. They keep well for a few days in a tupperware container.