52 Weeks of Baking: Week One.

Crunchy Flap Jack Bars.

Today seemed like the perfect day to start my new baking regime for the year because tomorrow I leave for a weekend away with friends. The flap jacks are extremely easy to make, so yummy and good for you! Delicious things aren’t always good for you, but these little bars are deffinitely on the healthy side. (also, they are easily transported in an air tight tin. Rocky road too!)

The recipe was taken from Rachel Allen Home but my mum and I tweaked it a little to our fancies.

Ingredients:

  • 300g/11oz Porridge Oats.
  • 100g/4oz Pumpkin or Sunflower Seeds. (I did a mixture of the two.)
  • 50g/2oz Desiccated Coconut.
  • 50g/2oz Plain Flour
  • 200g/7oz Unsalted Butter
  • 200g/7oz Golden Syrup
  • 150g/5oz Muscavado Sugar
  • 150g/5oz Cranberries
  • 125g/4½oz Crunchy Peanut Butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

What to do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 160C/325F/Gas 3.
  2. Line a shallow tin with non-stick baking parchment, leaving a little of the parchment hanging over the edges to make it easy to take it out later.
  3. Place the oats, seeds, coconut and flour into a large bowl and mix together. These are your dry ingredients.
  4. Place the butter and golden syrup into a saucepan and cook until the two ingredients have melted and combined together to form a river of sweet goodness.
  5. Add the sugar, cranberries, peanut butter and vanilla extract into the saucepan as well and mix together. I loved the smell at this point..the sugaryness with the peanut butter just goes together like a dream!
    Then pour the mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix together until the ingredients have become combined.
  6. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and press down firmly with a wooden spoon or spatula.
    Transfer the tin to the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. Aga users it will take a little longer..I put mine in for about 40minutes until it was golden brown and firm when I jiggled it. (I’m so technical)
  7. When taken out of the oven, leave the tray on a cooling rack. Once the oaty goodness is cooled, remove it, and, still in the grease proof paper, cut into your chosen size and amount of bars. Sometimes I like to make them into little squares for easy nibbling.
Easy to make but the taste is out of this world! I hope you enjoy making these delicious (and healthy!) snacks. I am sorry if it is a little quiet this weekend..I am away from Friday lunchtime till Tuesday AM. Hope you have a fabulous new year!

With Love,

La.

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