The Healthiest Flapjack for Breakfast or a Snack
I had a constant supply of homemade flapjacks in my fridge. I used to make them for my guests, I’d eat them on the go myself, they would be gifts for busy and pregnant friends and basically they were given to anyone who came through the door. I was always making at least once per week.
Instead the flapjacks are bound together using melted coconut oil and warm honey. Both of which have extremely beneficial nutritional properties.
So, with new trends and greater demands to vegetarian and vegan meals I wanted to make a super healthy version of my flapjacks to give me the energy without piling on the pounds.
The flapjacks have the usual oats, nuts, seeds and dried fruit; but I’ve also added super foods Quinoa and Chia Seeds. Fantastic ingredients high in protein and iron. They make these ‘protein bars’ a fantastic way to refuel after a high energy work out, as protein is required immediately after a strenuous workout to help repair muscles.
Here is probably the healthiest recipe ever!!!! There is no sugar, butter, peanut butter or maple syrup.
- 1 cup of quinoa (cook this with 2 cups of water for 15 minutes and drain excess liquid)
- 2 cups of rolled oats
- 3 tsp of Chia seeds
- 1 cup of raw almonds
- 1 cup of dates
- 1/3 cup desiccated coconut
- 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/3 cup sesame seeds
- 1 cup of melted coconut oil
- 1/2 cup of warm honey
- In a food processor blend up the almonds and dates.
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Into a big bowl, add the porridge, all the seeds, the blended dates and almonds, and the coconut.
- Mix together the oil and honey until perfectly combined.
- Pour the the oil/honey mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix quickly to ensure every grain is coated.
- Turn out the wet mixture into the baking dish and level out flat and evenly.
- Bake in the oven for 25 minutes then allow to cool on a wire rack.
- When fully cooled, place in the fridge to firm up for 3 hours at least. They are more crumbly than normal flapjack, but this is normal for non butter ones.
- Cut into small squares when firm and keep in an airtight container in the fridge to keep them both fresh and intact.