What I really fancied making yesterday were the chilli cheese flapjacks I made a while back. I wanted to veganise them though and wondered if swapping the cheese for Violife vegan cheese and the butter for Vitalite dairy-free spread would work but then when it came to replacing the eggs, I doubted if applesauce (which can be used to replace eggs in cakes, muffins and other bready stuff) would do the trick. I don’t know why I thought this as I’m no scientist but it sounded dubious so I decided against it. [It has just occurred to me while typing this, that chia seeds would have been a good replacement but I didn’t have any in and I wouldn’t have spent £7, or whatever they cost, on a packet just to make some flapjacks anyway.]
But, I still wanted to make some flapjacks and although I knew vegan ones wouldn’t be as good as the ones my friend Cassie makes (hers are full-on dairy and completely delicious if a tad unhealthy. When I say ‘tad’, I obviously mean, ‘totally’), I reckoned they’d do to quash my craving.
These flapjacks are quick and easy to make and are oaty, buttery and moist, just like a flapjack should be. I reckon next time, I’ll double the quantities and make them thicker.
Quick & Easy Vegan Flapjacks
Author: Cathy @ Planet Veggie
- 125g porridge oats
- 60g dairy-free spread (I used Vitalite)
- 60g brown sugar
- 2 tbsp Golden Syrup
- Melt the dairy-free spread in a saucepan, stir in the rest of the ingredients, then press firmly into an 8" square tin.
- Bake in the oven at 180C for about 15 minutes, or until the edges are turning brown.
- Score gently, then leave to cool.
- Cut into 9 pieces.
The brownies I’d made were about to run out, so obviously that meant I needed to make more snacks. To balance out the unhealthy brownies, I decided to make some chia seed flapjacks and found this chia seed flapjacks recipe which, apart from the Golden Syrup, is made with healthy stuff (healthier than your average delicious-but-butter-laden flapjack, anyway). I realised after I’d made them they’re vegan too. Bonus.
You’ll see in the recipe I linked to above that when it comes to the method, there is no mention of adding the chia seeds. Considering these are chia seed flapjacks, you’d think the chia seeds would be mentioned somewhere, wouldn’t you? Anyway, I’ll list out below the ingredients I used and how I made them.
The mixture was so dry – even after adding extra Golden Syrup – I didn’t think the flapjacks would be all that but they’re beautifully moist and something I’ll definitely make again.
Chia Seed Flapjacks (makes 9)
150g porridge oats
65g brown sugar
100g nut butter
80g Golden Syrup
40g chia seeds
1 tsp sea salt
- Mix together the Golden Syrup and the brown sugar in a bowl.
- Add everything else and mix up thoroughly (add more Golden Syrup if it seems a bit dry).
- Press down into an 8” square tray.
- Bake at 180C for about 10 minutes.
- Score lightly and cut into squares when cool.
I’m glad I didn’t make these yesterday on Vegan Monday, as there’s no way I would have been able to resist them until today. Quick, easy and I didn’t even need to leave the house to buy any ingredients. Oh, they’re flipping delicious, too.
Chilli cheese flapjacks (makes 9 slices)
(recipe taken from All Recipes)
50g butter, melted (I didn’t have any butter, so used Flora)
150g any hard cheese, grated
2-3 chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
150g porridge oats
Salt and pepper
- Pre-heat the oven to 180C and grease an 8” square tin.
- While the butter is melting gently in a pan, combine the other ingredients in a bowl.
- Add the melted butter to the bowl and mix well.
- Pat the mixture into the tin and bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown.
- Once the flapjack is cool, cut into slices
I cancelled my Graze box about eleven months ago when I moved house. Partly because I thought I’d save my money, partly because they kept sending me seeds and partly because I thought not having high calorie (albeit healthy and delicious) snacks delivered through my letterbox would be more conducive to losing weight.
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