11 October 2013

Fresh Blueberry Flapjacks

 

We love flapjacks in this house. 

They are filling, but healthy snacks and they're great for a breakfast on the run.

Daddy couldn't find Cooper's orange belt.
I carry some around with me for Cooper. He's always hungry on the way home at night, especially on the way home from his Lil' Dragons kickboxing class. It must be all that energy that he burns off.

I used to make flapjacks with butter, but now that Graham is vegan, I tend to make them with dairy free spread and I substitute the honey with agave nectar. It's sweeter than honey and plant based, so more suitable for a vegan diet. I have to say the flapjacks don't taste any different.

Feel free to use butter and honey in this recipe, if you would prefer to.

I do think they could have had a little longer this time though. I took them out a bit early. You want a good golden colour. Don't leave them too long though unless you like a crispy flapjack. Personally I like them to be chewy.

The blueberries in these flapjacks were a triumph. Little pockets of squidged blueberries, in among all the oats and seeds.

Mmmmmmm!





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Fresh Blueberry Flapjacks
Healthy oaty snacks studded with blueberries, banana and seeds.
Ingredients
  • 315g/3½ cups porridge oats
  • 100g/½ cup dairy free spread
  • 1 large banana, mashed
  • 3 tbsp agave nectar
  • 125g fresh blueberries
  • 4 tbsp flaxseeds (linseeds)
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 160c/140c fan/gas mark 3 and line a brownie pan or baking tray with greaseproof paper. I like to use foil backed parchment as it moulds to the pan nicely and is less fiddly.2. In a small pan melt together the dairy free spread and agave nectar, then stir in the mashed banana and set aside to cool.3. Measure the oats into a large bowl, mix in the blueberries and seeds.4. Pour in the cooled wet mixture and stir until well combined. If the mixture seems a little wet, you may add more oats.5. Pour the mixture into your prepared pan and press down with the back of a spoon until even.6. Bake for 25 minutes until golden, but slightly springy to the touch. Leave to cool in the pan. 7. Cut into 16 squares and tuck in.8. Enjoy!
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Yield: Makes 16 flapjacks

21 comments:

  1. Sounds delicious, love oath recipes

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    1. Me too Janice, it must be a Scottish thing :)

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  2. Well, the wee man looks suitably grrrr-ish and fierce! Adorable! And an orange belt already! Well done to him.
    I'm experimenting with flapjacks with varied ingredients as well. While rolled oats are always good, I halve mine and add roughly chopped pecans and almonds to enhance crunch. These days I'm leaning more on the natural sweet of dates, which don't go that well with berries, but it's all a work in progress. Looks tasty!

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    1. Nuts are a great idea Tanita, I'll have to try that, I usually stick to seeds and dried fruit.

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  3. I love flapjacks and these look delicious! Your son is lovely !

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  4. Mmmm, I do love a good flapjack and these look scrumptious Jac.

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  5. Don't the blueberries just look glorious nestling in the oats? Heaven!

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    1. It was a good idea all round. So glad I tried it.

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  6. These sound really healthy and they look tasty. Love the fresh burst of blueberries in there. Cooper looks so grown up - he's gorgeous :)

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    1. Thanks Ros, he is growing up alarmingly quickly.

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  7. I think I might try using coconut oil to make these :)

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    1. Let me know how you get on with those Tandy :)

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  8. I was looking for a blueberry flapjack recipe and this one stood out most ...i love the fact its a bit healthier whilst still has that sweetness i crave. Just about to make a batch :-)

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    1. I hope you enjoy them. I loved the burst of fruit in them. I'd maybe leave them in a couple of extra minutes next time though. I think I was just too eager to tuck in :)

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  9. Great idea to use flaxseeds. I'm always trying to get them into vege teens diet.

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