Energy Boosting Apple Orange Crumble Flapjacks – Vegan and Gluten Free!
Happy Monday everyone! This week I am back with one of my favourite recipes, sugar, spice and all things nice. You heard it here first! The flapjack that combines my favourite things; cinnamon, orange and nut butter – aka HEAVEN. I am a lover of sweet snacks and I have a huge sweet tooth! Although there are some good snacks on the market which are much healthier than ordinary confectionery, I love the feeling of being in the kitchen baking and creating something magical, delicious and tummy-hugging. Who else loves baking?
I was originally inspired by my love for peanut butter and cinnamon infused porridge. I wanted to incorporate my love for porridge into a snack and make something that can be eaten on-the-go, heated up in the evening or crumbled over almond milk for a breakfast option. These flapjacks are delicious cold and they are delicious warm, versatile, chewy, crunchy and energy boosting.
The Star of The Show – Jake’s Boost TigerBoost Spread – New for 2017!
This recipe is in collaboration with Jake’s Boost and they have provided me with the most wonderful nut butter spread which tastes just like creamy biscuits (I suddenly think of custard creams when I dream of this spread). The spread featured within this recipe is the TigerBoost spread, rich, creamy, decadent and indulgent. This nut butter has a perfect consistency – creamy but with a subtle crunch. The simple ingredient list left me feeling satisfied and I almost questioned how something could taste so good: cashews, toasted coconut, sunflower seeds and tiger nuts – natural, gluten-free, no added sugar, no palm oil and no salt.
I have mentioned Jake’s Boost in previous posts: Recipe: Synergy Boost Salad Dressing | Sunshine Smoothies – My Favourite Smoothie Ingredients and Toppings and I am a huge fan of their collection. Jake’s Boost is a brand that provides addictive, all natural and delicious spreads that are sugar-free, palm oil-free, salt-free, gluten- and dairy-free and vegan. Their spreads are BURSTING with nutrients! You can cook and bake with them… Or simply grab a spoon and dive in!
Since the 5th June 2017, Jake’s Boost has launched a Crowdfunding campaign to help feed more children living in food poverty in the UK (honestly, this brand is incredible and I suggest you check out their website for more information. Please get involved! And you will receive rewards in return, how awesome!) read more about it here. This recipe will also be available in their eBook amongst other delicious vegan goodness.
- 200g of gluten free porridge oats
- 80g of coconut sugar
- A pinch of salt
- 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp of mixed spice
- 1/2 tsp of ground ginger
- 120g of coconut oil
- 5 small apples – (I used Braeburn apples – they’re so yummy!)
- 1 orange (the zest & juice)
- 2 tbsp of agave nectar
- 2 Medjool dates
- 2 tsp of Jake’s Boost – TigerBoost Spread
Let’s get warmed up, preheat your oven to 180 C (gas mark 4).
Chop up the 5 apples into tiny pieces and remove the core. Place the apples in a pan with 20g of coconut oil, the zest and juice of the orange, the agave nectar, ½ tsp of cinnamon and two sliced Medjool dates (the dates add additional sweetness, so this is optional). Cook on low for 15 minutes or until the apples have stewed and become a jam like consistency (you could make extra apple jam and save for toppings on yoghurt and porridge, it’s delicious).
While this is cooking, mix the oats, coconut sugar, salt, 100g of melted coconut oil, the leftover cinnamon, the ginger and the mixed spice together. Grab a roasting pan, line it with baking paper and pour half the oat mixture into it, push the mixture down with your fingers (or the back of a spoon) and place in the oven for 10 minutes until golden brown. Once cooked, allow it to cool for 5 minutes before spreading the stewed apples on top. Now you have two layers, top the apple mixture with the leftover oats and put the flapjacks into the fridge for 30 minutes to set.
Thinly slice up the last apple or orange and place it on top for decoration. Bake in the oven for a further 25 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and leave to cool and once cooled pop them into the freezer for half an hour to set again… Or you can enjoy the flapjacks warm!
These are a great 3 pm snack and last for up to a week in the fridge (however, mine never last that long! They’re usually eaten in one sitting! Whoops…)
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I hope your week is filled with love, laughter and positivity… Get baking, eat some nut butter and relax.
P.s – I graduate on Thursday! So I will be celebrating in style by eating lots of food and drinking champagne. See you all next week with another post! – Keep up to date with my adventures on social media (linked in the sidebar or at the bottom of the page).