Flapjacks are a great mid-morning snack that gives you lots of slow-release energy to help keep you full up until lunch. These flapjacks are really healthy as they contain no butter and if you use honey, only natural sugar. By adding some extra spices and dried cranberries, you can give your usual flapjacks a Christmas twist. The mixed seeds also give the flapjacks a nice crunch. You could make these tasty flapjacks as a quick and inexpensive Christmas food gift, or use them to give yourself fuel ready for Christmas shopping!
- 320g porridge oats
- 80g mixed seeds (any combination of sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, hemp or linseeds)
- 40g dried cranberries
- 40g dried figs, chopped with scissors
- 80g raisins
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp mixed spice
- 100ml sunflower oil
- 185ml honey or golden syrup
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Fan 160°C/Gas Mark 4 and line a 20x25cm tin with greaseproof paper.
Put all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl and mix well.
Measure the sunflower oil and honey or golden syrup into a measuring jug. Warm in the microwave for 30 seconds before pouring over the dry ingredients. Stir well to combine.
Pour the mixture into the tin and press down well, neatening off the edge if it doesn’t quite reach the end of the tin.
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until the oats are golden. Leave to cool in the tin before turning out and cutting into 16 squares.
Top tip for making Christmas-spiced flapjacks
Flapjacks keep really well. Once cut and cooled, store in a tin for up to two weeks.