Cakes & Bakes: Fruit and nut flapjack

Slice of home-made fruit and nut flapjack | H is for Home

I made one of my regular batches of fruit and nut flapjack this week. Not only is it the perfect accompaniment to a mug of tea, it also has some distinct health benefits.

Justin and I were both born in the 1960s, which means we’re getting on a bit! It’s perhaps time to start considering our health and brain function into old age.

It seems like diet could be a very important factor. Oily fish is often cited as great ‘brain food’, but nuts are also a fantastic source of cerebral nourishment.

Here’s a selection of commonly found (and tasty!) nuts and some of their recognised health benefits.

Chopped mixed nuts | H is for Home

  • Almonds are very high in vitamin E (good for glowing skin). They’re also a good source of omega-6 and 9 (poly)unsaturated fatty acids
  • Un-roasted walnuts contain twice as many antioxidants as other nuts or seeds
  • Brazil nuts are perhaps the richest dietary source of selenium (a mineral important for cognitive function and a maintaining a healthy immune system). Eating just 2 give you 100% of the recommended daily allowance
  • Cashew nuts contain a high concentration of essential minerals including magnesium (thought to counter age-related memory loss), phosphorus and zinc
  • Macadamia nuts are an excellent source of manganese and thiamine (vitamin B1)
  • Flaxseeds have one of the highest concentrations of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (Useful in maintaining healthy brain and visual functions). Especially important if you’re vegetarian or vegan as it is most commonly found in oily fish
  • Whole sesame seeds are a very good source of iron (again, important for vegetarians and vegans)

Home-made fruit and nut flapjack before going into the oven | H is for Home

This flapjack is quick and easy to make – and is so delicious, that the health benefits are an additional bonus… and we didn’t even get started on the goodness of dried fruit!

Home-made fruit and nut flapjack cooling on a wire rack | H is for Home

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Fruit and nut flapjack
Yields 9
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 200g butter
  2. 125g honey
  3. 350g rolled oats
  4. 50g dried fruit (currants, raisins, sultanas, cranberries, blueberries, dates, figs, apricots or a mix of any/all of these)
  5. 50g seeds and/or nuts, roughly chopped (linseeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, peanuts, cashews, macadamias, pecans, hazelnuts, almonds or a mix of any/all of these)Earl Grey tea and lemon cake ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F/Gas Mark 2
  2. Put the butter into a large saucepan on a low heat. When the butter has melted, add the honey and stir to combine
  3. Turn off the heat, add the oats, dried fruit and nuts/seeds and mix well
  4. Put the mixture into a 23cm/9-inch shallow square cake tin and flatten down firmly with the back of a serving spoon
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until the top is lightly browned
  6. Allow to cool in the tin before cutting into squares or finger-shaped portions
Notes
  1. You can store the flapjacks for up to 3 days in an airtight greaseproof paper-lined tin or plastic container
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Cakes & Bakes: Flapjack

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Glass jar full of flapjack pieces, plate with two flapjack pieces and green painted tin retro tea enamel advertising sign | H is for Home

I’ve been promising to send my sister-in-law my flapjack recipe for years. I normally make them by eye and consistency but today I poured the ingredients out into a bowl on scales and wrote it all down. I make a batch of them every couple of weeks or so – we have one with a cup of tea in the afternoon or when we don’t fancy a big dessert after our evening meal.

cooked flapjack in a baking tin divided into 9 portions

I usually make them with dried fruit, nuts, seeds, dessicated coconut or crystallised ginger. Anyway, here’s my recipe, Flora, better late than never!

Cakes & Bakes: Flapjacks

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Makes 9 squares

Cakes & Bakes: Flapjacks

Ingredients

  • Basic recipe
  • 175g vegetable oil
  • 30g butter
  • 125g honey or golden syrup
  • 350g rolled oats
  • optional additional ingredients (any one of the following)
  • 50g dessicated coconut
  • 25g crystalised ginger
  • 50g dried fruit (currents, raisins, sultanas, cranberries, blueberries, dates, figs or a mix of all of these)
  • 50g seeds and/or nuts (linseeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnut pieces, pecan, pieces, crushed hazelnuts, flaked almonds or a mix of all of these - the nuts are better if pre-roasted in the oven for a few minutes until lightly browned)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F/Gas Mark 2
  2. Put the oil with the butter into a large saucepan on a low heat. When the butter has melted, add the honey / golden syrup to the oil mixture and stir to mix
  3. Turn off the heat, add the oats (and optional ingredients) and mix well
  4. Put the mixture into a 23cm/9inch shallow square cake tin and flatten down firmly with the back of a serving spoon
  5. Put into the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until the top is lightly browned
  6. Allow to cool in the tin then cut into squares or finger-shaped portions
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