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Davina's sugar-free flapjacks

Filling snacks from the queen of health

Homemade flapjacks with tea
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These sugar-free flapjacks are not only sweet and sticky, they're also packed with lots of nutritional goodness, too. 

This easy, healthy flapjack recipe is from, friend of Red Magazine, the brilliant Davina McCall's book , which is packed full of sweet recipes that don't contain refine sugar.  This wholesome snack is great for an after-school nibble, an eleven am cup of tea or a little bit of indulgence in the evening after the kids have gone to bed.  

How to make flapjacks

What makes Davina's sugar-free honey flapjack recipe so delicious is the addition of chewy dates and sharp coconut to give it a mixture of different flavours that bind together into a snack-sized treat.  

Davina explains: 'Avoid refined white sugar and when you do bake a sweet treat, use dried fruit or honey in your flapjacks instead. Sweeten cakes with naturally sweet vegetables such as carrots and beetroot. This might sound odd at first, but they taste amazing. You'll find that the less sugar you have the less you will crave.'

This is our favourite healthy flapjack recipe and we know you'll love it, too! 

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Makes: 15
Prep Time: 0 hours 15 mins
Cook Time: 0 hours 25 mins
Total Time: 0 hours 40 mins
Ingredients
200 g

unsalted butter

250 ml

honey

150 g

chopped dates

400 g

porridge oats

100 g

desiccated coconut

Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C Fan/Gas 4. Line a 30 x 20cm tin with baking parchment.
  2. Put the butter, honey and dates in a saucepan over a low heat. Melt them together, crushing the dates with a wooden spoon so they break up into the butter and honey and get all lovely and squidgy. Stir in the oats and coconut and mix thoroughly.
  3. Pack the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 20–25 minutes until golden brown. The flapjacks will still seem soft at this point, but don’t worry – they’ll firm up once cool.
  4. Remove the tin from the oven and immediately score the surface into about 15 squares. Leave the flapjack to cool in the tin, then cut it into squares.

A tasty snack as part of ' meal plan, these flapjacks are a healthy and delicious sweet treat.


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