Friday, November 29, 2013

Flapjacks


Even living for two years in England I had never come across with flapjacks or so I thought that was a normal cereal bar.
However, in those very funny tea and cake meetings of future mothers showing a beautiful tummy someone asks for a flapjack, i look to her plate, like what I see and when I get home ask my partner, a proper English man, what it is a flapjack.

Basically is a cereal bar, made with oats, butter, and whatever ingredient you fancy, since nuts, fruit, chocolate, spices, etc.

So I started making a research for recipes and based in one that uses a dates puree instead of sugar and bearing in mind my favourite flavours and Ian`s, I came up with this recipe.
I already made it twice and it is that kind of snack we can take away, offer to our guests with a cup of tea or coffee or, like we going to do, offer during Christmas.
It is also an amazing energy bar to eat before and after labor (with 38 weeks of pregnancy I must think 2 steps forward and make sure I have some healthy and homemade snacks just in case).


Ingredients:
-300g Butter, soft
-300g Dates
-5tbsp Water
-100g Nuts, chopped
-150g Sultanas
-450g Gluten Free Oats

Preparation:
- Pre-heat the oven at 190C.

- Place dates and water in a food processor and whizz until smooth.

- Melt the butter in a pan and add the date's puree and all the other ingredients.

-Stir well.

- Press into a tray, already grease and with baking paper.

- Bate for about 20 to 25m.

- Remove from the oven and leave to cool down for 10m in the tray over a rack before cut.

- Remove carefully from the tray with the paper , cut and leave to cool down before tasting (at least 30m).


Options of flavours: Cinnamon and Lemon zest; Mix of dry fruit and orange zest; Just Nuts; Dark Chocolate chips; Nuts and desiderated coconut.

The dates puree is used instead of sugar


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