I had a yearning this morning for one of those M&S tubs filled with delicious flapjack bites. Well, maybe not the whole tub, but I was sure I could have made a good dent in it. Those perfectly sized squares, essentially just butter and sugar with the odd rogue oat floating around in it to fool you into thinking that this was a healthy snack, would ensure that my energy levels were kept unnaturally high as a kite in that office on Park Lane not even 6 months ago.
However, London we are in, no more. And M&S certainly doesn’t exist in the small town where we now reside… So in an effort to satisfy this yearning based on what was in the cupboard, I came up with these. Apple and Maple Syrup Flapjacks.
They sound almost good for you, right? Ok, so there is no way of pretending that these sweet treats can be considered a healthy alternative to anything but a rich chocolate fudge cake. Or that they would count toward one of your/their 5-a-day. However, they are delicious and if enjoyed in moderation (and not en masse during nap time), then I am certain that we can all find bigger things in our lives to worry about and not have to resort to that packet of chocolate biscuits at the back of the cupboard – for snack or bribery emergencies only, you understand.
Apple and Maple Syrup Flapjacks
Prep in 15 minutes, cooks in 15 minutes
Ingredients and suggested quantities:
125g unsalted butter
125g brown sugar
4 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp ground cinnamon
250g rolled porridge oats
1 large eating apple, I used a Gala
1. Pre-heat oven to 180c and line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases
2. Into a large pan, chuck the butter, sugar and syrup and simmer until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in the cinnamon. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes
3. Grate the apple, including the skin, and then stir into the syrup, together with the oats until evenly combined
4. Divide the mixture amongst the 12 muffin cases, press down lightly with the back of a spoon and pop in the oven for 15 minutes
5. Once removed from the oven, allow to cool completely before eating. At which point they will have firmed up and can be removed from the paper cases
As already suggested, these are a great mid-morning/afternoon snack, delicious as dessert straight out of the oven with some ice cream or ideal to throw together in barely any time if you have friends coming over for coffee with their little ones. And, well, they have oats and fruit in them, so they can’t be all bad, no?