Gosh mornings are busy. So much to do, yet so little time. Besides that awe are supposed to make time for the most important meal of the day – breakfast. Well I have a solution right here for you my friends – Cranberry Walnut Flapjacks.
Breakfast, is just that – breaking the fast. Our bodies have just been starved for 6-7 hours (I’m being optimistic here), whilst we sleep. Eating a good breakfast helps kick our bodies into GO. If you are anything like me, I need a kick start in the morning!
That’s where these yummy Cranberry Walnut Flapjacks can help.
Packed full of good-for-you, slow release energy oats, one of these bars will keep you going until lunchtime. And, because it’s the morning and let’s face it eating anything can be a struggle, I threw in crunchy walnuts and chewy, slightly tart cranberries.
Yes there’s a squiggle of rich, dark chocolate on top of these beauties – it’s breakfast people, we need all the
caffeine flavour we can get!!
The beauty of these flavour and texture packed bars is that you make them ahead.
Making and baking ahead
Imagine this? It’s Sunday afternoon, you spend 15 minutes in the kitchen, whipping up a batch of these Cranberry Walnut Flapjacks and you have breakfast and snacks for the whole week.
Am I the only one who gets that mid afternoon dip around 3-4pm?
Also these bars also make a great mid afternoon snack and stop you grabbing for that chocolate bar/doughnut/cookie. Because we all know these give us an instant feel good sugar hit, only to slump in hunger again half an hour later. Therefore, why not wrap an extra one of these, in baking parchment and take it to work? It’ll keep those hunger pangs away until dinner time.
You can certainly mix up the fruit and nut element. Dried apricots with almonds, or dried figs with pecan nuts. Really the possibilities are endless, I would keep the weights the same, as the flapjack needs to hold together.
I have deliberately not used the word ‘healthy’ for these Cranberry Walnut Flapjacks, as I am aware of the sugar/butter content. I am not a nutritionist, although I would rather pop one of these bars into my daughter’s hand as she heads off for college, than have her grab a muffin or doughnut from a coffee shop!
Recipe: Make 16 Cranberry Walnut Flapjacks
250g/10oz Unsalted Butter
100g/4oz Golden Syrup (light corn syrup)
125g/5oz Light Brown Sugar
325g/11.5oz Rolled Oats (not quick cook) I use Waitrose essential oats
150g/5oz Dried Cranberries
100g/4oz Chopped Walnuts
50g/2oz Dark Chocolate (70% cocoa is ideal)
Method: Preheat the oven to 180/160C fan oven, 350F, gas mark 4
Making and baking the Cranberry Walnut Flapjacks
- First of all, grease and line a 8″ x 11″ – 20cm x 28cm swiss roll tin/shallow baking tin, with butter and baking parchment.
- Into a large bowl add the golden syrup.
- Into a medium saucepan add the butter and sugar. Warm over a medium heat, stirring until melted.
- Pour the melted butter/sugar mixture into the bowl containing the golden syrup. Stir continuously until combined.
- Add the oats, cranberries and walnuts to the bowl.
- Stir until all the oats, walnuts and cranberries are thoroughly coated in the melted butter/sugar.
- Tip the mixture into the lined tin.
- Using the back of a metal spoon press the mixture into the tin, forming an even layer.
- Place the tin into the oven and bake for 20 minutes until golden brown.
- Remove the tin from the oven and allow the Cranberry Walnut Flapjacks to cool in the tin.
- The flapjacks will be very soft at this stage, but will harden on cooling.
Cutting and decorating the flapjacks
- Using a sharp knife cut down the centre of the flapjacks. Then cut across the middle. Cut each quarter in half again. The flapjacks will still be slight soft.
- Leave the flapjacks on the baking parchment to continue cooling and setting.
- As soon as the Cranberry Walnut Flapjacks are completely cooled they can be drizzled with chocolate.
- Break the chocolate into small pieces and melt in a heatproof bowl, in the microwave, using 30 second bursts. Stir well and when the chocolate is nearly melted keep stirring and the inherent heat will melt any solid pieces left.
- You can use a teaspoon to drizzle the chocolate over the flapjacks or pour the chocolate into a disposable icing bag, snip the corner off and pipe the chocolate on.
- Allow the chocolate to set and then store in a tin.
While Cranberry Walnut Flapjacks are perfect anytime of day, they are especially handy to have, when time for breakfast disappears in the morning. Just grab one and eat on the go!
An added bonus, which does rely on checking the packaging, is that oats are gluten free. So even more people can enjoy a delicious, easy breakfast.
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Why not bake a batch of these flapjacks and take them to work? Since I’m sure they would be appreciated. Especially by those who have skipped breakfast!
Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.
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