We are all trying to eat that bit healthier, even with our “naughty” treats. I just love it when I find a recipe that has free-from ingredients. This recipe for fruity flapjacks is a bit special as it is sugar-free, dairy-free and gluten-free.
Here’s an alternative recipe for flapjacks that are made with an assortment of dried and fresh fruits: pear, orange, apricots, cranberries, and dates. As they are made from oats, this recipe is gluten-free and can easily be made dairy-free by substituting butter with a dairy-free spread.
Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Fruity Flapjacks Recipe
Ingredients needed for free-from flapjacks
150g soft pitted dates *
100g butter/dairy-free spread
2 tbsp honey
1 zest of orange
1 finely grated pear
175g porridge oats
75g finely chopped apricots
50g chopped dried cranberries/craisins
* If you want to guarantee that the flapjacks are gluten-free, be careful when choosing your dates because some are rolled in flour to help them stay together. (Tip thanks to Fitz Daily)
Method for free-from flapjacks
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
2. Finely, chop the dates/prunes by hand or in a food processor.
3. Over a low heat, blend the dates, butter, honey, and orange until it becomes smooth.
4. Add in the grated pear.
5. Pour the oats into a large mixing bowl.
6. Finely chop the cranberries and apricots by hand or in a processor and mix into the oats.
7. Add the wet mix of honey/butter/date/orange/pear stir well.
8. Spoon this gooey mix into a lined baking tray and cook for 45 mins.
9. Allow to cool a little but they are best eaten warm.
The original recipe was in a Tesco magazine but I modified it on several ingredients. I was trying to use up some stock in my cupboard so I substituted dates for dried prunes on one occasion, it was a little harder to blend down but the finished result was still good.
The original recipe stated low fat spread but I used butter as reports would now suggest that butter is better for you than modified spreads and margarine! (yes, I know what do you believe?) I also increased the oats to 175g from the original 150g as I felt this made them more like flapjacks.
I love that you can adjust recipes to suit your own tastes.
Please do check out more of my Recipe section which does include lots of dairy and gluten-free options such as