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Offline JoanW

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A Healthier "British Flapjack"
« on: December 16, 2011, 03:13:29 PM »
I recently worked with a Pastry Chef from the UK. I was expressing to her my desire to make a healthy granola/snack bar. She immediately volunteered a recipe for British Flapjacks. At first I thought she alluded to "pancakes," but soon learned of this wonderfully simple and satisfying treat!
Traditionally they are made with Golden Syrup, butter and oats. I have modified the recipe for a more healthful approach, using agave nectar (or organic Grade B maple syrup) and coconut oil.
I also reduce the quantity of oats, and add flax seeds, finely chopped raw nuts, chopped dried fruit, and my favorite....spices!!!
(One word of caution: By adding too many "extras" to the basic recipe, you run the risk of making crumbly granola vs. a bar that holds together...however, either one would be tasty:)

Here's my Eating4Health version of British Flapjacks:

In a small saucepan, whisk all together over low heat until the oil has melted.
    1c. Coconut oil
    1c. Agave nectar
    1t. Vanilla extract (OR 1/8 vanilla bean, scraped)
 1-2T. Pumpkin pie spice (OR a little of each: cinnamon, cloves, allspice and nutmeg:)
    1T. Fresh ginger juice
    2T. Orange zest

Mix all other ingredients together in a medium size bowl.
    2c. Rolled oats
1 1/2c. Rolled oats, ground slightly in a processor
   1/2c. Flax, sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds(or whatever you have)
 
Pour syrup mixture over oats and stir.
Press into a greased 15X10" pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes. Enjoy! ;)
« Last Edit: December 16, 2011, 03:18:24 PM by JoanW »