Emma enjoys cooking and adapting recipes to create new favourites.
Mouthwatering Energy Bites
Chewy flapjacks are a great snack at any time of the day. They contain porridge oats and are packed with long-lasting energy when you are on the go.
Making your own flapjacks can save you so much money compared to shop-bought ones. You can also adapt them so that they contain your favourite ingredients. Add dried fruit, such as raisins or apricots, or seeds and nuts of your choice. You can also make them as sweet as you wish just by controlling what goes in the recipe!
I have made so many variations in the past, but this recipe is one of my favourites. It is quick to make for a treat or lunchtime snack and is a no-bake recipe. Just chill them in the fridge to set, and they stay firm yet chewy—no more hard, overcooked flapjacks!
Get the kids involved and make these chilled flapjacks for picnics, a quick breakfast or a sweet treat.
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- 250 grams rolled porridge oats
- 75 grams Rice Crispies cereal
- 4 to 5 tablespoons golden syrup
- small handful pecans, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
- 75 grams light brown sugar
- small handful glacé cherries, halved
- Grease and line a small loaf tin with baking paper. Lightly grease over the baking paper to prevent sticking.
- Next, put the sugar and golden syrup in a saucepan. Put on the hob and stir until it begins to simmer. Remove from the heat.
- Add the peanut butter and stir well.
- Mix in the rolled oats, Rice Crispies, pecans and cherries until fully combined.
- Press the mixture into the loaf tin, ensuring the surface is even and the flapjack is compressed. Allow to cool and cut into squares.
- Chill in the fridge for an hour or so to firm. Remove and store in an airtight container.
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Vary Your Flapjacks!
Use these top tips to make flapjacks to please all the family:
- Swap cherries for juicy raisins or chopped dried apricots.
- Try chopped walnuts, sesame seeds or pumpkin seeds instead of pecans.
- Use unsalted butter instead of peanut butter.
They are so versatile and easy. Try different ingredients for each batch you make.
- Rolled oats are full of fibre which is great for digestion and keeping you regular. They are also a 'good' carbohydrate which keeps blood sugar levels stable and makes you feel full for longer.
- Eating foods with rolled oats gives an energy boost which has long-lasting effects.
- Oats also contain minerals, antioxidants and nutrients. Lignans are in the nutrients and are beneficial for a healthy heart. Plant sterols and stanols can keep cholesterol stable.
- Add dried fruit for an extra fibre boost and for vitamins and antioxidants. Cherries are a superfood and have high levels of antioxidants. They also contain folic acid and beta-carotene.
- Other dried fruit such as apricots have vitamins A and C and iron and are a good source of fibre.
- Pecans are a good source of energy and contain essential fatty acids. These mono-unsaturated fatty acids are 'good' fats and contain antioxidants which are good for cholesterol levels and a healthy heart.
- They are rich in vitamin E, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6.
- Pecans also contain minerals such as magnesium, potassium, zinc and iron.
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