A few weeks back I was in the mood to make some granola. However, the granola recipe quickly transformed into flapjacks. I think one of the issues that most of us have with flapjacks is that they are laden with sugar and butter, making a delightful snack rather unhealthy. Not that regular flapjacks are a bad thing, but I was looking to take these to work with me to eat during the week and didn’t fancy all of that butter.
Instead I went about a little experiment and substitutes a few ingredients from regular flapjacks such as the syrup and butter in a bid to create a healthier alternative. After pottering about in the kitchen I came up with a wonderful flapjack recipe that incorporates some of my favourite things: peanut butter, seeds and dried fruit.
- 1 1/2 cup of oats
- 1/2 cup of peanut butter
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup of honey
- 1/3 cup of sunflower seeds
- 1/3 cup of dried fruit
In a saucepan heat the coconut oil, peanut butter and honey together. Once the peanut butter has melted and the ingredients are well combined add to the oats. Stir in the peanut butter mixture, until all of the oats are covered. Pour in the sunflower seeds and dried fruit so that they are evenly distributed. Bake at 150 degrees for 30 minutes. Allow to cool before dividing into squares.
When I made these it was a miserable rainy day outside, so I made a huge mug of chai tea and curled up on the sofa with some of my favourite magazines. A tasty tip is to crumble these on top of Greek yoghurt to make a quick peanut butter granola for a wonderful snack or dessert.
What are your favourite foods to eat with a cup of tea? What’s you favourite flavour of flapjack/granola?
Do you like to bake on rainy days?