About this recipe: Flapjacks are a favourite sweet treat for lunchboxes as well as for coffee or teatime. The modern streamlined version here uses less butter than usual, and adds dates for natural sweetness as well as walnuts and sunflower seeds for extra texture. The result is both nutritious and delicious.
Sprinkle the top with pumpkin seeds instead of the sunflower seeds. * Other dried fruits, such as dried cranberries or plump juicy raisins, can be added to the flapjack mixture, in addition to the dates, or add 2 tbsp good-quality mincemeat. * Substitute desiccated coconut for 30 g (1 oz) of the muscovado sugar.
Oats are an excellent source of soluble fibre, which can help to reduce high blood cholesterol levels. They also have a low Glycaemic Index. * Up to 95 per cent of the calorie content of dates comes from natural sugars, but because of their fibre content – and because they are mixed with oats in this recipe – the body can keep the release of glucose into the bloodstream at a steady pace, resulting in a gentle and sustained rise in blood sugar levels for long-term energy, rather a sudden rise for a quick energy fix and then a fast dip. * Sunflower seeds provide vitamin B1, niacin and zinc, and are a rich source of vitamin E.
Excellent source of vitamin E. Useful source of copper, vitamin B1, zinc.