Healthy protein flapjacks

This was an experiment and loved the outcome.I had enough of partner spending £2+ a day for a small bar from the shops everyday and I’m trying to eat healthy at the moment and craving sweet things and not eating it, is a struggle. So I decided to make healthy flapjacks. I tried it the first time round without any maple syrup, which made the flapjack really crumbly. The second time round I added maple syrup, just a bit to get the stickiness. Also the second time round I forgot to add almond butter, which means adding less syrup! I used rolled oats first time which made the texture very powdery, so used jumbo oats which helped a lot.

I have mixed the pictures below from first and second time, forgot to take picture with honey etc inside the bowl second time round because I was missing my gym class. 🙈😥

Also don’t have exact measurements because it’s up to you, how many nuts you want inside it, how healthy you want to be, how much protein you want etc.

Ingredients 

Jumbo rolled oats-sainsbury Scottish ones were the ones I used.

Chia seeds

Flaxseed -I purchased Linwood milled organic flaxseed sunflower and pumpkin seed. It’s really good as it’s all powder and easy to use and can’t even taste it that much but at least you’re getting your omega into your diet.

Protein powder- I used vanilla flavour,this is optional.

Almonds and pistachios-my mum has a jar of these all thinly sliced, so thought why not.

Cinnamon powder

Maple Syrup- Canadian maple syrup if possible can be found in Waiterose and Sainsbury

Lucy bee coconut oil

Honey, try to use Manuka if possible.

Almond butter

Milk

METHOD

I used around half a packed of the oats, 3 scoops of protein powder, the other dry ingredients I used according to my taste. I’m not fond of nuts in food so I put less in. Put all the dry ingredients in a bowl.

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Mix everything properly so it’s evenly distributed.

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Once everything is mixed thoroughly, on the other side get a small pot add around 7 tablespoons of the coconut oil and on low heat let it melt.

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One the oil has melted pour on to the dry ingredients and add all the wet ingredients. Don’t add too much maple syrup if you’re trying to be healthy. Add more of the almond butter around 4-5 tablespoons. Honey around 2-3 tablespoons. Syrup I’d say around 4-6 tablespoons, if you’ve used almond butter I’d only put in 3. Just see how the texture is once you’ve mixed it, if you think it’s not sticky enough add more oil and butter or honey but not syrup. I added around 4 tablespoons of milk.

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Yes, I had to use my hands to mix the above. This is the best option so you don’t have too much syrup or honey in one of your bites. You need it all to mixed properly and with a spoon I noticed the dry ingredients stayed at the bottom of the bowl. So use your hands my lovelies 🙂 ( this was from the first time I tried)

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Once everything is mixed and you’re happy with your mixture, get a tray, add greaseproof paper and put the mixture into the tray. Flatten the top with a spoon so it’s not uneven.

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Put in the oven at 180° for 15 minutes only. The sides will look like its burnt but don’t  worry it’s not and you can’t even taste it.( I added chopped dates on my side of the share because I was too lazy to half the mixture and mix it in)

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If you want to treat yourself, melt some dark chocolate in the microwave and drizzle on top. Voila 😀

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Date and Walnut cake

I love my aunts cake and walnut cake, but was never given the recipe. So I made this from another aunts recipe and oh my gawddd it tastes lovely. I love dates, not a fan of nuts so next time I’ll make my own little cake without nuts and a separate one for family.

Ingredients;

310ml boiling water

14 dates you can have more it’s up to you

walnuts or any nuts you prefer

1tsp bicarbonate of soda

125g butter

I put in 250g castor sugar thinking the dates will make it sweet, but it was fine not that sweet.

1 egg

1tsp vanilla essence

1 tsp baking powder

300g plain flour

2 tablespoon milk

Put the boiling water into a pan

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Add the bicarbonate of soda to the water.

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Chop the dates into small pieces or quarters. Chop the nuts too make sure they are not too small otherwise they will sink to the bottom of the cake.

 

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Add the nuts and dates to the water. Leave the water on the stove on low heat, VERY low heat.

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Cream the butter and sugar well. I’m still old fashioned prefer creaming it with a spoon than a mixer, I think it makes it more fluffier when doing it by hand. Each to their own.

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Add the egg, baking powder, milk and vanilla essence. Mix everything well for a minute.

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Add flour and mix well. Yes it will look like dough don’t worry and DONT add another egg, I was going to do that thinking it’s not like batter. I kneaded the dough so everything was mixed well and no flour was left out.

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Add the date and nut mixture to the dough. Stir until the ingredients are mixed with the dough evenly.

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Pour the mixture into a greased tin and put in the oven for 25 minutes at 200°c.