I decided to try this recipe as I love a good flapjack and really crave them when I'm due my period but wanted an alternative to a butter and golden syrup laden version. Plus these are a great pre or post workout snack as provide some protein & helps store / replenish used glycogen from your muscles. Although they're 'healthy' they still aren't a free pass to eat all you can, as one slice is about 200kcal (around the same as a KitKat chunky) but it goes without saying a lot more nutritious than the KitKat (protein, essential fats and vitamins / minerals)! And the nuts and oats help prevent a blood sugar spike (that you will get from the KitKat) so you will have more prolonged energy.
Ingredients (makes 12):
200g soft 'ready to eat' or Medjool dates
2 tbsp honey
Half tsp ground cinnamon
125g rolled oats
100g chopped roasted hazelnuts
50g flaked almonds
50g chopped walnuts
A pinch of salt
Heat oven to 190 or 170 fan.
Line a square baking tin with paper (approx. 20 cm sized tin)
Place dates in small pan with just enough water to cover. Cook for about 5 mins until soft.
Drain off most of the excess water. Use a food processor / blender to puree with the honey until smooth. I've a handheld one that is really easy to use.
Add all the other ingredients together in a big bowl and mix in with the date puree until all combined.
Press the mixture evenly into the tin
Bake for around 20 mins until it feels firm to touch and starting to come away from the sides slightly
Allow to cool and then cut into bars (I cut mine too early to start with and some fell apart so leave to cool first)
Store in airtight container for up to a week