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Cherry chocolate chewy flapjack

I’ve been eating a lot of porridge for breakfast but recently when I’d ran out of porridge oats I bought some cheap ones that I wasn’t keen on. I knew that it would be a good idea to save them for a day and when I could make flapjack and today was the day.

I have made chocolate flapjack before but my boyfriend loves cherry flavour so I decided to give these ones a little extra flavour. I was going to add in some cherries to the mix and I think it would be really good to do this but unfortunately mine went out of date last year!

If you don’t have cherry syrup then you can make them with any flavour coffee syrup or just leave them as chocolate. I also used ‘sugar and crumbs’ cherry flavoured cocoa powder but again, this is optional but if you can get it then it’s definitely worth it. I order mine online.

Chewy Cherry Chocolate Flapjack

500g cheap porridge oats
200g butter
160g white sugar
3 ½ tbs Golden Syrup

At least 2 tbs Cocoa Powder

2 tbs cherry syrup, I used Monin black forest cherry as its nice and thick and strong flavoured

Pre-heat the oven to 200c

1. In a large pan slowly melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup together. I know I have said before but make sure you sit the metal tablespoon in a cup of boiling hot water, this will help the golden syrup slide off easy.
2. Once melted add the cocoa powder and the cherry syrup.
3. Stir the mixture until all of the cocoa powder has mixed in and has no lumps at all.
4. Take off the heat and stir in the porridge oats until all of the mixture has coated them. With a chocolate flapjack this is easy to tell as it all turns brown.

5. Spread onto a square baking tray with sides, I used an 8″x8″ and pat down firmly with the back of a spoon until nice and squashed in. If you don’t squash it enough it’ll fall apart when you take it out. If its not a non stick tray or silicone then I suggest lining with greaseproof paper first.

6. Bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes. It should look firmer and the edges a bit darker but it will still be soft..
7. Remove from the oven, cover with a clean tea towel or kitchen roll.
8. Allow the flapjack to cool for 10-15 minutes then score with a knife into the size portions you would like.
9. Leave till completely cool before attempting to get it out of the tray.


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Get up and Go Bar

Yesterday at work I was feeling tired and finding it hard to get through a busy Tuesday, not too unusual but is still hard when you’ve lost your get up and go attitude that you started the day with.

So at lunch time I nipped to the supermarket to try and find something to eat that would be both healthy and give me lots of energy.

I managed to seer myself away from the chocolate and ended up buying a seed bar, which is like a flapjack but instead of oats it is packed with seeds, nuts and fruit and although my dad would call this ‘rabbit food’ it was very nice… but expensive!

I decided that I would eat the one I had bought but I would find a way to make an alternative which would be cheap and easy but just as nice and nutritious. I find that I don’t eat enough nuts and seeds as I should because I am not too keen on them on their own but I should as they contain a lot of vitamins that I should eat.

This recipe uses a little bit of a cheat, but a cheaper alternative to buying all of the fruit, nuts and seeds separate – using a muesli cereal with all of these in.

Although this recipe has a feeling of being saint-like, it still isn’t perfect as it uses Golden Syrup but you can just think of this as being a nice sugar boost. If you like you can swap this for honey but I unfortunately hate honey so I won’t.

If you can’t find a cereal ready mixed like this then make you own using a base of:

50% muesli mixed with a little bit of desiccated coconut (about a tbsp)
25% seeds or nuts
25% dried fruit

If the muesli already contains a lot of dried fruit in it then you don’t have to worry about adding more – it’s a bit of a judgement depending on the brand you use but will still work!

Get up and Go Muesli Bar

80g Brown Sugar
50g Butter
50g Margarine
250g Museli/seed/fruit mix
2tbs Golden Syrup (or honey if you like it)

Heat the oven to Gas Mark 5 (190 c)

1. Over a low heat melt the butter and the Margarine in a deep saucepan then add the sugar and 2 tablespoons of golden syrup*
3. Mix in the oats
4. spread the mixture evenly over a non stick baking tray. Smooth over with a knife making sure the mixture is even.  I find it nicer to pat into the tray using my hands, messy but good.
5. Place the baking tray onto the middle shelf in a preheated oven (gas mark 5, 220 C) and bake for approx. 15 minutes.  Take out when the mixture starts turning a golden brown.
6. Stand for a minute or two, then score the mixture with a knife into you portions
7. Cover the tray with kitchen roll or a tea towel and leave for a couple of hours to cool before trying to get it out of the tray.

*For a hint put the tablespoon into a cup of boiling water as it will help the golden syrup slide off the spoon.