Here’s an alternative to standard flapjacks to try for National Baking Week 2018, made from 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.
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 wanting the recipe to be gluten free, be careful when choosing your dates because some are rolled in flour to help them stay together. (Tip thanks to Fitz Daily)
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
2. Finely, chop the dates/prunes by hand or in a processor.
3. Then 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 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.
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