I don’t know about you but I tend to get the munchies around about mid afternoon. If I’m at home then the biscuit tin starts calling me. If I’m out then I’m like a homing pigeon seeking out the nearest Greggs for an emergency flapjack or rock cake.
My lastest plan to save the pennies (wallet) and pounds (weight) is to stock up on home-made healthy flap jacks to take with me every day.
This recipe is an adaptation of one I have had for years – a recipe card from Safeways (whatever happened to them??) but I have cut out lots of sugar and added more interesting ingredients to create my alternative to the traditional flapjack… the Chewy Flapjack Power Bars! Even though these are quite sweet I am able to convince myself that they are healthy due to the amount of ‘good stuff’ that I pack into them.
I add a whole selection of nice healthy (and tasty) ingredients – pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flaked almonds, raisins, red berry mix, chopped dates. In the past I have added dessicated coconut, chopped nuts or chopped dried apricots. The choice is yours!
The bars will keep for about a week in an airtight container or you can freeze individual bars to make them keep longer.
Chewy Flapjack Power Bars
Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 30 mins
Makes 15-20 depending on how you cut them!!
150g (6oz) low fat margerine
375g can UNSWEETENED Condensed Milk
15ml (1 tbsp) golden syrup or honey
350g (12oz) porridge oats
200g (7oz) healthy dried frut, nuts, seeds
- Pre-heat the oven to 180 C / 350 F / Gas Mark 4
- Line a baking tray (18 x 28 cm / 7 x 11″)
- Pleace the margerine, condensed milk and syrup/honey in a medium pan and heat until margerine has dissolved, stirring continuously for 5 mins.
- Remove from the heat and add the remaining ingredients.
- Press into the prepared tin – but don’t squish it down too much or you will remove air from the mix an end up with a very dense flapjack. Decorate the top by pressing in pecans or walnuts.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes until the top and edges are golden.
- Allow to cool before cutting out and wrapping up in baking paper as individual take-away snacks!
- These can be frozen to make them last longer, just make sure you defrost them before you try to eat them!