A healthy snack in cake form…yes, please! Carrot cake is one of my all time favourite cakes and will often buy a slice as a treat to go with my chai latte when we are out and about. It just contains everything that I love, warm autumnal spices, nuts and even a vegetable!
Better than shop bought flapjacks that seem to be full of additives and refined sugars, homemade flapjacks can be far healthier. You’re in control of the sugar content and you know exactly what has gone into them. Plus, it’s so quick to make your own homemade snacks and you can prepare a batch at the weekend to keep you covered for the rest of the week.
- 2 cups oats (180g)
- 1 carrot , grated
- 2 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup coconut oil (50 ml)
- 4 tbsp agave nectar
- 3 medjool dates
- 1/4 cup desiccated coconut
- 1/4 cup chopped pistachio nuts
Preheat the oven to 190 degrees and line a baking tin with greaseproof paper.
In a bowl pour in the oats, grated carrot, medjool dates, pistachio nuts, cinnamon and desiccated coconut. Stir together until well combined.
In a separate bowl, melt together the coconut oil and agave nectar on the hob or in the microwave.
Pour the liquid ingredients onto the dry ingredients and stir through so that everything is well coated.
Tip the mixture into the baking tin and pat down with the back of a spoon until level.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown on the edges. Allow to cool before portioning.
Store in an air-tight container in the fridge or in the freezer.
Dates add a lovely natural sticky sweetness and the pistachios not only lend a pop of colour, but also a different texture to these soft and chewy flapjacks. Of course, you can experiment and play around with the different add-ins if pistachio nuts aren’t your cup of tea. Traditional carrot cake recipes contain walnuts, which perhaps are more your thing? Dried cranberries would also work just as well as the dates to add a sweet note too.
This is my last recipe as part of my collaboration with Weight Watchers for their #WomanKind campaign and you can read my Q&A for the campaign here. My previous recipes include Dark Chocolate Superfood Buttons and Blueberry and Lemon Wholemeal Waffles – all designed to inspire you to be kind to yourself. Kindness and self-care are things that I heavily promote on the blog and believe that they are fundamental to living a wholly healthy and happy life!
Now someone pass me a Carrot Cake Flapjack and some tea!
Which of your favourite cakes would you like to see in snack form? What self-care practices will you be doing to be kind to yourself today?
*Recipe commissioned by Weight Watchers, but all content and opinions are my own.