Date and walnut flapjacks

    35 min

    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.

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    Serves: 16 

    • 100 g (3½ oz) unsalted butter
    • 3 tbsp sunflower oil
    • 55 g (2 oz) light muscovado sugar
    • 3 tbsp clear honey
    • grated zest of 1 orange
    • 2 tbsp orange juice
    • 100 g (3½ oz) dried stoned dates, chopped
    • 75 g (2½ oz) walnut pieces, chopped
    • 250 g (8½ oz) porridge oats
    • 30 g (1 oz) sunflower seeds

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF, gas mark 4). Lightly grease a shallow non-stick baking tin measuring 28 x 18 x 2.5 cm (11 x 7 x 1 in), or a 20 cm (8 in) square tin. If you do not have a non-stick tin, lightly grease an ordinary baking tin, then line the bottom with baking parchment.
    2. Place the butter, oil, sugar, honey, and orange zest and juice in a heavy-based saucepan and heat gently, stirring until the butter has melted. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the dates and walnuts. Then stir in the oats, making sure they are evenly coated with the butter mixture.
    3. Turn the mixture into the prepared tin, pressing it down firmly and evenly. Sprinkle the sunflower seeds over the top and press down so they are lightly embedded in the surface.
    4. Bake for 20 minutes or until deep golden around the edges. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly in the tin, then mark out 16 pieces on the top surface with a sharp knife.
    5. Leave to cool completely, still in the tin, before cutting into bars along the marked lines. The flapjacks can be kept in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

    Some more ideas

    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.

    Plus points

    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.

    Each serving provides

    Excellent source of vitamin E. Useful source of copper, vitamin B1, zinc.

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    Lovely recipe. Just right!  -  13 Sep 2011


    Fantastic!  -  18 Mar 2010


    Delicious, I was short of walnuts so put some pecan too, worked a treat.  -  07 Feb 2016