I was fortunate enough to be able pick up two beautiful punnets of organic blackberries yesterday so I got to work in the kitchen to come up with something scrumptious. OH MY did I do good! I was reminded the other day while filling up the car with petrol how much I used to love flapjacks. There are always loads at service stations and when I was on the go, in London and stuck for something to eat, I would turn to that and think, “That’s okay, it has oats, a bit of honey, it can’t be THAT bad for me?” WRONG! So I set about making my own raw version yesterday. I have to say even I’m impressed with myself. Can I say that? Oh well I just did.
Here they are ALL natural, whole food Black Jacks.
Would you like the recipe? I think you might, so here’s a little special treat to brighten up your day.
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cup oats
- 4 tbl coconut oil*
- 4 tbl agave nectar
- 1/4 cup cacao nibs (optional)
(If you don’t have cacao nibs, you could add in shredded coconut, raisins or anything else you fancied instead!)
* For those of you new to coconut oil/butter – they are the same thing but depending on where it is stored, it will sometimes be liquid and other times be solid. This is because it has a very low melting point. For this recipe, use the coconut oil in it’s liquid form.)
- 1 cup blackberries
- 1/4 cup medjool dates, pitted
In a food processor, whizz the almonds until broken down, not too much, still leaving some pieces chunky for texture. Add the oats and whizz again. Add in the coconut oil and agave and give it one last whizz. The mixture should be fairly sticky and hold when you pinch it together. Sprinkle in the choc chips, raisins or coconut depending on what you’re using. Line a baking tray with plastic wrap (cling film – I’ve started speaking all American!), and press the flapjack base into the bottom ensuring its all packed down tightly. Place in a dehydrator while you make the topping.
Whizz the blackberries and dates in a food processor (a small one might be better for this as a large one may struggle to reach all of the mixture). Pour the topping over the base and dehydrate for 6-8 hours.
Enjoy your guilt-free flapjack! Another bonus of course is that an extract in blackberries has been proven to reduce the size and spread of cancer. Remember, let’s eat to promote health inside of us so that there is no dis-ease in our body.
p.s. If you don’t have a dehydrator, put it in a fan-assisted oven on the lowest setting leaving the door ajar.