Plastic Free Snacks Vol. 1: The Flapjack

Who doesn’t love a flapjack? A good snack for slow release energy and appropriate for any time of day due to the cereal type content (you can’t get away with Millionaire’s Shortbread before 10am, that’s for sure).

However, ready made they usually come packaged like this:

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Vacuum formed plastic and extra rage points for the M&S one as black plastic doesn’t get detected by the sorting machines and therefore is basically un-recyclable.

Therefore we’ve put together a couple of super easy and not too sweet flapjack recipes you can made at home in around half an hour. We hope you like them! (The oats and sugar you will be able to get from us by market stall or delivery)

1: Charlie’s Basic Flapjacks

Ingredients:

  • 250g oats
  • 75g brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 2 tbsp honey (I used a Greek Wildflower one)
  • 110g butter

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Method:

  1. Preheat over to 200 degrees. Grease a tin (mine was 25cm square and about 6cm deep)
  2. Mix everything together. If you wanted to use less sugar you could add in a banana, vegans could use some coconut oil instead of butter and leave out the honey. You could also add dried fruits, chocolate chips or a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  3. I used honey and syrup as I find syrup alone makes them too sweet for me, which is why I don’t really like shop bought ones.
  4. Press the mixture down in the tin and place in oven for 15-20 minutes until the edges are browning.
  5. Leave to cool then chop up and enjoy.

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2. Marisa’s Oaty Bars

This recipe is one I make regularly which I have adapted slightly from My Fussy Eater . Because of the lack of refined sugar, these flapjacks are great for little ones, but to be honest, they’re super yummy regardless and I will happily work my way through them myself. Many of the ingredients will be available from our store, as will reusable wraps which are great for wrapping these up for a snack or breakfast on the go.

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Ingredients:

  • 150g / 2 cups rolled oats
  • 50g / 1/3 cup coconut oil or butter (melted in the microwave)
  • 1 1/2 bananas
  • 6 dates
  • 4 tbsp orange juice or apple juice

Optional extras in different combos:

  • 1 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • Zest of an orange
  • A handful of dried cranberries/cherries
  • A handful chopped nuts
  • 1 eating apple: peeled, cored and grated

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170c / 340f and grease and line a baking dish (approx 8in x 8in) with some parchment.
  2. Put the oats in a large bowl and mix in your chosen optional extras.
  3. In a blender blitz the melted coconut oil or butter, bananas, dates and fruit juice until it forms a sticky paste. Pour this on top of the oat mixture and stir until everything is well combined.
  4. Scoop the mixture into the dish and press down with the back of the spoon to make it compact.
  5. Bake in the oven for about 18-22 minutes or until the edges of the mixture are beginning to brown but there is still softness to the middle.
  6. Lift the parchment paper out of the dish and leave to cool before cutting into 8 large or 16 small pieces.

Hope you are tempted to have a go at these recipes and we’ll have more plastic free snack ideas for you soon!