Sugar-free coconut and cranberry flapjacks

One for the looming sugar-free February. You can adapt this to use whatever dried fruit you like, just try to stick to the suggested proportions.

What to use

  • Porridge oats – 300g
  • Mixed seeds – whatever you fancy – 80g
  • Flaked almonds – 50g
  • Dried apricots – 60g
  • Cranberries – 50g
  • Sultanas – 60g
  • Desiccated coconut – 80g

To combine

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp cashew nut butter
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 100-150ml boiled water

How to use it

Measure out all your ingredients and put them into a large mixing bowl.

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With the seeds and apricots, I put them into a bowl and covered with boiling water. For the seeds it was to soften them a little before baking to stop them going really hard, and with the apricots just to revive and soften them a little. Once you’ve left them for 5-10 minutes, scoop them out but keep the water as this can be used in the mix. Gently warm the butter, cashew nut butter, coconut oil and maple syrup in a non stick pan. You’ll need to stir it quite hard to encourage the cashew butter to break down and mix in with the rest – it might look a bit odd, don’t worry about it.

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When it’s melted, add the water and butter/syrup to the bowl and mix really well, making sure everything is coated.

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It’s not an exact science – you may choose to play with the volume of certain ingredients – so I keep the pan to hand to warm and add more coconut oil/syrup or add a bit more hot water if it looks like it needs it. Line a baking tin (I used one approx 8 x 12 inches) with baking parchment, and scrape the mix in. Press down firmly.

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Bake in the oven at 150C (fan) for an hour – the trick is long and low with this so that it’s cooked but not burnt on top. When you’re happy it’s done – nice and brown on top – take out and put on cooling rack.

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The thing I like about this is that you can fairly easily play with the ingredients. This version is very coconutty, which I love, but you might want to grind some almonds or cashews and use those in place of the coconut.

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What to listen to: He’s got Bills he’s gotta pay – Lunchmoney Lewis

What to watch: The first sketch from the first episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie – I MISS THEM

 

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