I've been making some snacks to take with us for our camping trip, and I wanted something reasonably healthy that could also be considered a treat. Because, you know kids, and it's the summer holidays and treats seem to be constant at the moment. So I made some flapjacks, and I packed them with nuts and seeds. Because that makes them a little more substantial as far as I'm concerned. I also think flapjacks are a really good idea for camping. I mean they are practically survival food, so just in case we get caught in a brutal storm or the cooler packs, up they are coming with us.
I've made these flapjacks a lot in the last few weeks, I've been trying to make the perfect flapjack. The kind that doesn't break your teeth or crumble into granola when you take it out of the tin. All of these things have happened in my efforts to make the perfect flapjacks. I also wanted to make a slightly healthier flapjack, so I tried various recipes without golden syrup. None of them came close to the flapjack made with golden syrup, so I went with the syrup. I feel like I have succeeded a bit though, by adding all the nuts, seeds and a little dried fruit. Apart from the golden syrup these are almost breakfast bars, well nearly, at a stretch, maybe.
You could go with your favourite nuts or seeds for these flapjacks, I used a mix of walnuts, hazelnuts, brazil nuts and almonds. For the seeds I used sunflower and pumpkin. I also soak the sultanas in freshly squeezed orange juice for a little more sweetness and a little hint of cinnamon makes these flapjacks a little more special. The best tip I can give you about these is to make sure you leave them to cool completely before you cut them. Scoring them with a sharp knife before you bake them may also help with cutting. These flapjacks are great for camping trip snacks or after school treats. They will keep in an airtight container for up to a week, see, perfect for camping! Oh and any crumbly bits hanging around the tin, they are really good in some natural yogurt.
- 200 g porridge oats
- 100 g butter I used salted butter
- 80 g sultanas
- ½ a large orange, juiced
- 2 heaped tbs pumpkin seeds
- 1 heaped tbs sunflower seeds
- 80 g mixed nuts roughly chopped
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 generous tbs golden syrup
- Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees C / 356 F. I use an electric fan oven, please adjust according to your own oven.Line a square cake tin with parchment paper.
- Add the sultanas to a small bowl then cover with the orange juice, leave for as long as you can so the sultanas soak up the juice and get nice and plump.
- Melt the butter and golden syrup in a medium pan over a low to medium heat. As soon as the butter melts turn off the heat.
- In a large bowl mix together the oats, nuts, cinnamon, seeds and sultanas. Pour the melted butter and syrup over the oat mix then stir well. Making sure everything is coated in the butter and syrup.
- Tip the oat mix into the prepared cake tin, then push it down with the back of a large spoon. Score the flapjack mixture with a sharp knife into 8 or 16 portions.
- Place the tin on the middle shelf of the over and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, turning halfway through baking. The flapjacks should be golden brown. Leave to cool slightly in the tin. Lift the paper containing the flapjacks and transfer to a cooling rack, leave to cool completely before cutting.
- Store in an airtight container for up to a week.
*Calories are approximate and are per small portion.