Last week I felt really tired, exhausted and hormonal. I just wanted to curl up in a ball and sleep for a week yet at night I really struggled with my sleep. It took me ages to drop off, then I was waking up at 3am and 5 am. I couldn’t understand why. When I feel like this I just want carbs and comfort food and to bake stuff like flapjacks. So I got in from school and after the dog had his walk and I made myself a cup of tea, I got out the scales and looked through the cupboards.
I came up with these Fruity Granola Flapjack Bars which are full of dried fruit, pumpkin seeds and dessicated coconut. They aren’t very healthy as they have lots of butter, sugar and golden syrup in them but taste fab and ideal if you need a burst of energy when you have had a rough day. I think they would make a quick grab as you go breakfast as well if you are in a rush.
100g dried fruit (just chuck in anything you have up to this weight you have in your cupboards- currants, raisins, sultanas, apricots, cranberries, cherries, mixed peel) I used what was left of a bag of mixed dried fruit
100g porridge oats
50g Rice Krispies
85g dessicated coconut
50g pumpkin seeds (you could add in sunflower or sesame seeds if you want instead)
50g of chopped nuts (I used walnuts)
100g light brown soft sugar
125ml golden syrup
100g unsalted butter
First you need to tip all the dried fruit, nuts, seeds, oats, coconut and Rice Krispies into a large bowl.
Give everything a really good stir so that it is evenly mixed through. Then in a large saucepan melt the butter and add the sugar and golden syrup. Heat through until dissolved and like a syrupy mixture. Tip this into the large bowl with all the dry ingredients in and mix together thoroughly, ensuring that everything is well coated.
When this is done, grease a 20cm/ 8cm square tin. Then spoon the mixture into it carefully, pressing it down into the corners. I use the back of a spoon or a potato masher to level it out evenly.
This flapjack bar is a no bake one so it goes straight into the fridge for about 2 hours to set instead of being cooked. Once set, you can cut it up into 12 bars or 16 square pieces.
Be warned, they are moreish!
Love Sam xx