Apple and Almond Flapjacks

Inspired by the 5 ingredient flapjacks I made last week from Bowl of Delicious and a colleague at work bringing in an apple and almond cake which was quite frankly one of the nicest things I have ever eaten, I decided to give an apple and almond flapjack a go.

I will warn you, this is far from my cheapest recipe. I was feeling fancy. To compensate it is very easy to make.

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INGREDIENTS

3 Apples, grated (I used Braeburn’s as they are my favourites)

1 Cup Almond Butter

1/2 Cup Honey

1 Cup Flaked almonds (or almonds chopped up)

1 Cup Dried Apple Rings, cut into little pieces

2 Cups of Porridge Oats

1 Teaspoon Almond Essence

1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

METHOD

Grate the apples and add to a large mixing bowl.

Add all the other ingredients and mix.

Spoon into a lined baking tray.

Bake for 30 minutes on Gas Mark 5.

Cool down.

Eat.

Say ‘Damn that’s good.’

If you don’t do the previous step then you have ruined them.

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When Life Hands You Lemons You Make…Flapjacks and Cookies

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Saturday was shopping day, as it is every week.

As it was the start of a new food shopping month I was going bold and stocking up.

I went to Holland and Barrett to re-stock on some vitamins I was running low on, and to buy a bulk load of stock powder. I had 2 coupons – one for £5 off a £20 shop and another for 20% off the highest price item. To my delight I was able to use both on the same transaction, but the 20% off coupon took me below £20 by 39p. I had to think fast.

Luckily there at the front counter was a 40p bag of reduced dried figs. I realised it was reduced to 40p when I left the shop because it was due to go out of date in 5 days time.

Now, you all know I’m a bit flexible with use by dates, and often end a recipe with something along the lines of ‘This is a great way to use up that jar of stuff that expired 2 years ago and has fur growing around it…’ but I decided that this would be an excuse to get my bake on.

I found a recipe on the BBC Good Food website for figgy flapjacks, and the only change I made was where they said use 150g of dried figs and 75g of another dried fruit I just used all 225g of dried figs. Plus I added mixed seeds and chia seeds.

Also on Saturday I had an online delivery from a major supermarket and sadly one of my jars of peanut butter had a broken lid.

I couldn’t bring myself to throw it away, but didn’t have anything to decant it into, so I decided the only logical things to do was to make peanut butter cookies.

You will need 1 x 340g jar of any peanut butter, 300g sugar and 2 eggs and about 1-1.5 cups of oats. Mix all together, spread out in little cookie shapes on a tray, cook for between 15-20 minutes until firm around the edge but soft in the middle and scoff.