Flapjacks, a staple on the nursery tea table since forever have been mentioned in British history back to Shakespearian times. Essentially a rolled oat biscuit, the concept has carried through time and even now is at the forefront of modern eating through healthy oat bars and energy snacks. Oats are considered one of the healthiest foods out there, they lower cholesterol, contain antioxidants, can lower blood pressure, can stabilise blood sugar, can help fight against the risk of childhood asthma http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=54#healthbenefits They are high in fibre, help you feel full for longer, help control your appetite, boost the nutritional value of a gluten free diet https://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grains-101/easy-ways-enjoy-whole-grains/grain-month-calendar/oats-–-january-grain-month/health …. The list is endless. You dot have to get your daily fix through a bowl of oats soaked in water and eating them in any form is considered a benefit.
As I am on the forever quest to make sure my girls eat a nutritional, balanced diet without bringing too much attention to ‘eating’, (As a mother I am terrified of eating disorders), I make sure that nothing is out of bounds and these flapjacks are a perfect snack for after school. In our house the unpopular cereal from the variety pack is always rice crispies. This invariably means that rather than being drowned in milk they are drowned in chocolate/sugar/marshmallow and served at teatime. I try and use unrefined sugar where I can and so using a soft dark brown sugar means its naturally unrefined. It also gives the flapjacks a lovely caramel richness, sometimes flapjacks can taste too sweet, this is the perfect balance.
Brown sugar flapjacksPrint Recipe
- 200g porridge oats
- 30g sesame seeds (optional)
- 100g butter
- 60g dark brown sugar
- 2tbs golden syrup
- (unwanted cereal)
Melt the butter, syrup and sugar in a pan until bubbling.
Pour over the oats and sesame seeds and mix well.
You may need to add more oats if it's very wet.
Pour into a tin lined with parchment.
Bake at 180c for approx 20mins.
Take out of the oven and top with unwanted cereal or nuts or nothing!