Chocolate Flapjacks with added Umph

Aka Apres Flapjacks.

Before I hit you up with a recipe I thought I should explain, I’ve met the lovely guys from Apres Recovery twice. Once at Beachy Head 10km and once at Write This Run. Their hot recovery drink is delicious mixed up with milk after a cold run. The boys from Apres prefer water but I think they are mad! They love running and have even started organising some great races, so I’ll forgive their preferences.

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But you guys know me, I can’t leave anything alone. When I get the urge to bake nothing in the kitchen is safe.  This weekend my marathon training hunger, love for oats and flapjack addiction came together and I created this flapjack recipe with loads of added umpf. Whether you want the umpf to get you through a busy day (yes they work great warmed through for breakfast), as a post run/workout pick me up or as an afternoon treat it doesn’t matter.

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Serve with a big mug of Apres for double chocciness or with a cup of tea – my personal choice. These flapjacks are chocolatey, gooey (but not fall aparty), and full of flavour.

This recipe has an element of chuck-what-you-like-in, because honestly life’s too short to be buying scraps of ‘this dried fruit’ and handfuls of ‘that seed’. This recipe is very forgiving. Chuck in what you’ve got languishing in the cupboard and let me know your genius creations.

Total Time: 1 hour

Number of servings: 9

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Ingredients

  • 100g Dried Fruit, I used dates but apricots or raisins would work too
  • 80g Nuts and Seeds (e.g. pistachios, pumpkin seeds, apricots, raisins, walnuts, pecans, whatever) I used brazil nuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds
  • 35g Milled Flaxseed
  • 15g Chia Seeds
  • 60g Butter
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Oil (can buy from Holland and Barret, Ocado or Chinese supermarkets)
  • 6 tbsp Honey/Maple Syrup/Golden Syrup
  • 2 tsp Cocoa Powder
  • 40g Apres Recovery chocolate malt protein powder
  • 180g Rolled Oats (not jumbo - I use waitrose essential)
  • Apparatus

  • 9x9 tin (22cm x 22cm)
  • Food Processor or Mini Chopper

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 175'c, grease and line your square tin with greaseproof paper or baking parchment
  2. In a food processor or mini chopper blitz the fruit, nuts, seeds, flax and chia until the fruit is all in tiny pieces.
  3. In a large pan on the hob melt together the butter, coconut oil , golden syrup (or honey or maple) and cocoa powder. When the butter is all melted add the Apres Recovery drink powder and stir to combine.
  4. Remove from the heat and add your blitzed nut and fruit mix and the oats to the pan.
  5. Stir well to ensure all the oats etc are well covered with the buttery mixture.
  6. Spoon/pour into your prepared tin and push into all the corners. Press the mixture down into the pan and bake for 20 minutes.
  7. Allow the flapjack to cool in the tin (until the bottom of the tin is touch cool) and then remove from the tin and allow to cool completely (ideally overnight) before cutting into 9 pieces.

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There is one thing you must not do with this recipe though. Substitute the Apres Recovery with protein powder. Protein powder does not heat. If you don’t have any Apres, use a mix of Horlicks and hot chocolate powder or some ground almonds. Or buy some yummy Apres!

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Wrap them in layers of greaseproof and store in an air tight container for handy snacking. They travel well in Tupperware boxes.

 

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What do you think of my laissez-faire attitude to the fruit, nuts and seeds? Would you prefer exact instructions?

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