I get hungry, especially after a workout and I love a good flapjack or energy bar but I hate the fact that so many of the store bought ones are just full of sugar. Many of the ‘healthier’ versions I’ve bought are tasteless and unappetising so I thought I’d create some homemade protein flapjacks – full of good things!
These don’t take long to put together and you can always substitute things if you don’t have them in the cupboard or don’t like them.
You will need:
300g rolled porridge oats (gluten-free or spelt if you want)
100g desiccated coconut
100g flaked almonds
100g Pumpkin seeds
215g dried, soft Prunes
315g dried dates
175g Almond butter (or your nut butter of choice)
100g Liquid sweetener (I used rice malt syrup but you can use agave, maple syrup, honey etc)
2 tbsp Coconut oil (measured when solid)
4 tbsp Vanilla protein powder (any brand you like – you can also omit this is you want)
4 tbsp Water
2 generous tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Salt
Preheat the oven to 170 C.
Line a baking tin (I used a 20 x 20cm one) with baking paper. Mix the oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds and coconut together and pour into the baking tin. Place in the oven for 20 mins or until starting to brown. Make sure you turn regularly with a wooden spoon so the whole mixture gets toasted.
While that’s in the oven pop the dates and prunes into a blender or food processor and blitz to a paste. You may need to keep stopping to scrape the mixture back down in to the bowl. It doesn’t need to be completely smooth – a few lumpy bits are good!
Remove the oats from the oven and stir the protein powder through the mixture. Allow to cool.
Put the date mixture, nut butter, liquid sweetener, coconut oil, water, cinnamon and salt in to a large saucepan and heat very gently. Stir and allow the mixture to come together. Remove from the heat and pour the oats into the liquid mixture and mix really well.
Using a spatula scrape the mixture back into the lined baking tin and press down firmly. Then allow to cool and pop in the fridge. Do make sure you lick the saucepan (once it’s cool enough!!!) because the mixture is divine when warm! 🙂
Once it’s chilled you can cut in to slices. It makes the perfect post workout snack on the go and is great to pop in to lunchboxes too!