Raspberry and Lemon Flapjacks

dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free raspberry and lemon flapjacks

You simply can’t beat a flapjack for energy giving deliciousness but sometimes you want more than just sweet syrupy oats. I’m very fond of coconut flapjacks, but the girls aren’t so keen, so I’m constantly trying to develop new, exciting flavours to enhance such a simple staple.

This version uses freeze dried raspberries and lemon juice/ zest and boy, is it delicious or what! The freeze dried nuggets give a wonderful sweet berry tang and the lemon enhances and flavour and very slightly cuts through the sweetness. They may now be my all time favourite flapjack combination!

Raspberry and Lemon Flapjacks

(dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, can be gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan)

vegan raspberry and lemon flapjacks

200g dairy free margarine (I use Pure soya or sunflower)

200g demerara sugar

200g golden syrup

400g oats (preferably not giant oats)

1/2 tsp salt

1/3rd cup freeze-dried raspberry pieces

zest of 1 lemon, juice of 1/2

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Centigrade. Line a 30×20 cm (approx.) baking tray with foil
  2. Melt together the dairy free margarine, sugar, syrup, lemon juice, zest and salt. When the sugar has dissolved mix into the oats, stir in the raspberry pieces
  3. Spread into the lined baking tray
  4. Bake for 15-20 mins until golden
  5. remove from the oven and press down with a spatula for an even finish
  6. Cool well before cutting into bars/squares. Or freeze whole and cut when defrosted.
  7. Try not to eat too many!!

 

Cinnamon Flapjacks

 

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Everyone loves a flapjack – they have such a worthy image which makes them seem acceptable even to those avoiding sweet treats. I’ve no idea why! If you’ve ever made flapjacks, or even seen a recipe you know just how much sugar and syrup goes into these little beauties. I guess it must be the oats that give the healthy image – amazing really that a few oats can cancel out the piles of sugar to make a ‘healthy’ treat!!

Well, they may be sweet, but they’re also the perfect energy bar and great for family days out, now that spring has arrived. I have tried many flapjack recipes but this is by far the best – sweet and gooey with no sawdust factor! The cinnamon is fairly subtle but give a background heat and spice that is warming and comforting, adding a touch of surprise to this family favourite. Enjoy, just don’t eat too many in one go 😉

Cinnamon Flapjacks (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan)

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makes 18

  • 200g dairy-free spread/margarine
  • 200g Demerara sugar
  • 200g golden syrup
  • 400g oats
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

– Over a low heat melt together the spread, sugar, cinnamon and syrup until the sugar as dissolved
– Line a brownie tin with foil
– Pour the melted sugar mix over the oats and salt and stir well until all the mixture is evenly coated
– Press into the tin
– Bake at 180 degrees centigrade for 15-20 minutes until starting to turn golden
– Remove from the oven, press down on the too of the flapjack with a spatula to compress the mixture which will make slicing easier
– Leave to cool in the tin
– Once cool, freeze or cut into squares.
– These flapjacks keep brilliantly for at least one week.

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Banana Flapjacks

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I haven’t made flapjacks for ages. But now we’re in our new house and I’m on a mission to fill the larder/freezer with healthy, tempting home cooked goodies, and flapjacks have to be one of the best bars to have hanging around for when an energy boost is needed in a hurry.

This flapjack variation packs a surprisingly ‘big’ banana flavour and the toffee-like brown sugar combines with it for a wonderful banoffee like finish. I had thought that by sneaking in one banana my girls wouldn’t notice, but the flavour shone through so much they immediately said ‘are they banana?’ No bad thing in my book!

Banana Flapjacks (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, maybe gluten-free [depending on oats used], vegetarian and vegan)

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  • 200g dairy free spread
  • 200g soft brown sugar
  • 200g golden syrup
  • 400g oats
  • 1/2 tsp salt (preferably fleur de sel)
  • 1 banana, mashed

– Preheat oven to 180 degrees Centigrade

– Line a 30×20 cm (approx.) baking tray with foil

– Melt together the dairy free spread, sugar, syrup and salt

– When the sugar has dissolved mix into the oats and add the mashed banana

– Spread into the lined baking tray

– Bake for 15-20 mins until golden

– Cool well before cutting into bars/squares. Or freeze whole and cut when defrosted.

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Ginger Flapjacks

I needed a hearty, packable snack that would give a boost of energy but also warmth during this bitterly cold weather. Flapjacks seem to be the ultimate energy giver and combining them with the natural warmth of ginger keeps the chill at bay. Well, that’s the theory. The crystalized ginger gives bursts of spice while the ground ginger gives an underlying warmth. These will keep me going at work this week!

Ginger Flapjacks (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan)

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makes about 24

  • 200g dairy free spread
  • 200g demerara sugar
  • 200g golden syrup
  • 400g oats
  • 1/2 tsp salt (preferably fleur de sel)
  • 50g chopped crystalised Ginger
  • 1/2- 1 tsp ground ginger, depending on taste

– Preheat oven to 180 degrees Centigrade

– Line a 30×20 cm (approx.) baking tray with foil

– Melt together the dairy free spread, sugar, syrup and salt

– When the sugar has dissolved mix into the oats and ground ginger.

– Gently stir in the chopped ginger

– Spread into the lined baking tray

– Bake for 15-20 mins until golden

– Cool well before cutting into bars/squares. Or freeze whole and cut when defrosted.

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Cocoa and Coconut Flapjacks

My excitement at getting to eat different shop bought lunches whilst at work has quickly faded. I’ve exhausted most nearby options and frankly it’s rather expensive. Homemade lunches are proving to be more interesting and much more satisfying.

Sandwich shops always sell a version of a flapjack, but I guarantee none will be as delicious as these homemade beauties. These are sweet but gooey and sticky, with no hint of dry sawdust texture (if you know what I mean). I wasn’t sure this cocoa and coconut version would work, but it really does, giving a hint of a ‘Bounty Bar’. I’m taking one to work everyday next week, and will actually look forward to my lunch for a change 🙂

Cocoa Coconut Flapjacks (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan)

makes about 24

  • 200g dairy free spread (I use Pure soya or sunflower)
  • 200g demerara sugar
  • 200g golden syrup
  • 400g oats
  • 1/2 tsp salt (preferably fleur de sel)
  • 50g desiccated coconut
  • 3 tbsps cocoa powder

– Preheat oven to 180 degrees Centigrade

– Line a 30×20 cm (approx.) baking tray with foil.

– Mix together the oats, cocoa and desiccated coconut

– Melt together the dairy free spread, sugar, syrup and salt

– When the sugar has dissolved mix into the oats.

– Spread into the lined baking tray

– Bake for 15-20 mins until golden

– Cool well before cutting into bars/squares. Or freeze whole and cut when defrosted.

– (optional) Drizzle with melted dairy-free chocolate, before cutting into squares.

– Try not to eat too many!! Mind you there are worse things for you.

Super-duper Gooey Chocolate flapjacks

Little S wanted to take in some biscuits/cakes that her lovely teacher could enjoy too (Mrs L doesn’t eat gluten and I’m not very practiced at gluten-free cake making), so I reverted back to one of my all time favourite recipes, super-duper amazingly gooey flapjacks and made a few tweaks here and there. I only had giant oats (managed to buy them by mistake) and would have preferred to use normal rolled oats, but the final result was pretty good and they certainly had more of an oaty appearance. These really are awesome flapjacks.

Super-duper Gooey Chocolate Flapjacks

makes about 24

  • 200g dairy free spread (I use Pure soya or sunflower)
  • 200g demerara sugar
  • 200g golden syrup
  • 400g oats
  • 1/2 tsp salt (preferably fleur de sel)
  • 90g chopped dairy-free chocolate, such as Kinnerton

– Preheat oven to 180 degrees Centigrade

– Line a 30×20 cm (approx.) baking tray with foil

– Melt together the dairy free spread, sugar, syrup and salt

– When the sugar has dissolved mix into the oats.

– Gently stir in the chopped chocolate

– Spread into the lined baking tray

– Bake for 15-20 mins until golden

– Cool well before cutting into bars/squares. Or freeze whole and cut when defrosted.

– Try not to eat too many!!