These gluten-free flapjacks are a healthier version of the classic treat, and are packed with cherries, figs and peanut butter to make them flavourful with extra goodness.
These cherry, fig and peanut butter flapjacks are not only delicious, but they’re quick and easy to make, plus they’re healthier than traditional versions. They make an excellent on-the-go snack and can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container for up to five days. They’re gluten-free and refined sugar free. My kids and husband all devoured them.
I’ve been talking about the Olympics over the past few weeks as part of my collaboration with the National Lottery campaign, The Food Champions. Have you seen my posts for Chia Porridge and Gluten-Free Banana Loaf? The recipes were chosen by Olympic athletes and the campaign’s aim is to share the eating habits and refuelling secrets of professional sportspeople with the public. The campaign takes the expertise and dietary regimes of elite athletes and applies it to everyday lifestyles.
Cav’s Mountain Climb Cherry and Fig Flapjacks
As part of the Food Champions campaign, this recipe for cherry and fig flapjacks comes from cyclist Mark Cavendish. In 2011, ‘Cav’ became the first British rider to win the points classification (green jersey) in the Tour de France, and that year he was awarded an MBE for services to the sport. Mark Cavendish was a track cyclist before switching to the road in 2016. As a road cyclist, he achieved a record-breaking 11 wins in his first season as a professional. He has won an astounding 26 Tour de France stages and is placed 4th on the all-time list of Grand Tour stage winners. Cavendish returned to the track part-time in 2015 to compete for Team GB in the Rio Olympics. Keep up with Mark Cavendish on Twitter.
- 6 tablespoons manuka honey
- 3 tablespoons rapeseed oil
- 4 tablespoons organic peanut butter
- 280g (3½ cups) porridge oats
- 3 tablespoons mixed seeds
- 1 tablespoon dried cherries, chopped
- 5 dried figs, chopped
- Preheat oven to 180C/350F and line a deep baking tray with baking paper.
- Heat the honey, oil and peanut butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until the peanut butter has melted. Mix well until combined.
- Add the remaining ingredients and stir until it is all combined.
- Spoon the mixture into the baking tray and cook for 15 minutes or until golden.
- Allow the flapjacks to cool completely before slicing.
- Store in an airtight container.
Nutritional facts per serving: 303 Kcal Pro 7g Carbs 38g Fat 13g
The English Institute of Sport (EIS) says that these Cherry and Fig Flapjacks provide carbohydrates which provide energy during long training rides, through the oats, cherries and figs. They also advise that the flapjacks can be made in advance, portioned-up and easily transported so are an ideal and healthy snack to help refuel during a long training ride. They’re also beneficial for post exercise refuelling.
Take a look at other dishes that fuel your favourite Olympic athletes by following the hashtag #foodchamps across social media.
More healthy recipes are at TheFoodChampions.
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