Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Apple Cinnamon Flapjacks - Vegan



In my part of the world we were in treat, not trick with Halloween  , Lol, weather did not trick us ! We had warmest Halloween this year as temperature went up to 24C, temperature record was broken beating the previous high of 20C set at Dartford, Kent in 1968. People headed to beaches, many of had held parties in their gardens and barbecue cook -outs around bonfires. So far, 2014 is the warmest year on record, following consistently mild temperatures which have continued into autumn.




As we got the most out of the glorious sun this year and seems we are driving towards the cold spells, the temperatures are plunging as autumn is on full swing !  While you admire crispy copper and golden leaves fallen of the trees, same time experiencing first frost of the year, clouds overlap each other and makes sky grey, dull and gloomy, cold air is biting and we started to adjust to this weather.



While getting ready for chilling weather, finished important 'autumn chores - clean' around the house, prepared kitchen for festive cooking. Cleared and organized the shed and both gardens, tucked away garden furniture and barbecue nicely. Became ruthless and chucked away few unwanted garbage, and now just waiting for the warm, cosy time in clean and comfortable home as nowadays its getting darker and chilled, one cannot help but think of sitting around fireplace instead of outdoor.



During cold weather  warm, spicy and nourishing food is always appreciated by the family. Recently we had half term holidays and my son was off from school for a whole week, perfect time for me to check few recipes. Got inspired by sweet scent of cinnamon and apple candles, thought of preparing something with these two ingredients !





Apple Cinnamon Flapjacks , Its a fall inspired treat !! The delicious fall produce Apple , with warming sweet and warm spice Cinnamon, can't go wrong with this combination, always a winner. These flapjacks have the most fantastic moist texture and one of a kind flavour and not to forget it's a tick healthy box too !




You will need :-
  • 30-35 ml virgin coconut oil NOT butter plus little for greasing
  • 180 g rolled oats
  • 2 medium apples
  • 30 ml honey
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp. dried cranberries or any other dried berries
  • 20 g pumpkin seeds or mixed seeds
  • 1 tbsp. sesame seeds

Method :-
Pre heat the oven to gas mark 4 and grease baking tin with coconut oil.
Cut the apples and remove seeds, place them unpeeled in a food processor.
Process to a coarse puree, add splash of water if necessary.
Melt the coconut oil and honey in a pan, once they both combined add apple puree.
Stir well and add oats, cinnamon, nutmeg cranberries and seeds and stir thoroughly to form a sticky mixture.
Transfer the mixture to the prepared tin, sprinkle sesame seeds and press down well , bake about 25-30 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
Allow to cool completely and cut into desire shape.
Goes well with warm glass of milk or non dairy milk, tea or coffee.


Notes
Normal butter can be used instead of coconut oil.










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