Sunday, 22 May 2011

Annabel's Wholesome and Fruity Flapjack

My four-year-old son is constantly asking for food. And I'm constantly saying no. So on a recent trip to Sainsbury's, I thought I'd buy a little pack of flapjack from the bakery section. I don't usually buy things like that, but I figured something with oats in must be better than cake or chocolate for an odd treat.

I was stunned when I tried one. It was disgusting. Full of fat and sugar and the texture was like eating lumpy, sweet lard. Horrible.

So I got on the blower to my sister, Annabel, to get her recipe. Well, I say her recipe, she originally got the recipe from my father, so I am truly revealing a secret family recipe!

This flapjack is full of oats, seeds, nuts and fruit, so you can feel a bit more righteous when having a cheeky treat with your cuppa!

200g porridge oats
30g sesame seeds
30g pumpkin seeds
30g sunflower seeds
60g mixed nuts, chopped
60g dried apricots, chopped
37g butter
37g mild olive oil
100g muscovado sugar
100g honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine the oats, seeds, nuts and apricots in a bowl.

Place the butter, oil, sugar, honey and vanilla in a small pan and heat for 5 minutes until combined. Mix into the dry ingredients and put into a lined baking tray and press down firmly. Bake in 180C oven for 15 minutes. Leave to cool completely before cutting up into small squares.

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