There are two drawbacks to being an artist:
- low income (well, lower than when I was a corporate print designer anyway!)
- working in studio alone where you want to snack...
This recipe is what keeps me going day to day with treats. It's healthy(ish) and very cheap.
English flapjack is sort of like soft granola bars but not quite. It's oats, fruit, honey in a typical minimalist form. Oaty treats for the starving artist!
The instructions look long but really it's: mix stuff, squoosh stuff into pan, bake.
- 500g bag of porridge oats
- 340g jar of honey
- 1/2 cup of oil (or melted butter if you prefer)
- other goodies of choice to throw in: dried fruit, coconut, chopped nuts, nutella, etc.
- Pre-heat over to 175C/350F/Gas mark 4
- Put oats in large bowl.
- Pour extras in oats, mix.
- Pour honey over the oats and stir thoroughly until all oats seem slightly sticky. (I do this with 2 wooden spoon, lifting, turning and stirring)
- Pour oil over oats and mix again. (do this separate to honey so you know there's an even distribution of both)
- Find large casserole dish or tray.
- Pour all mixture in, then spread evenly in dish. (tip: damp hands with cold water and the mixture won't stick to your hands)
- Squash down the mixture as much as possible, to create dense bars of flapjack that won't fall apart when you pick them up.
- Bake for 20 min on a middle shelf. It will still be soft when you take it out, but firms up as it cools. (I like it crunchy so bake an extra 10min.)
- While hot, cut into pieces with a large knife - whatever size you like. Also use knife to gently push the flapjack away from sides of pan. Then LEAVE IN PAN to cool. When cool you have easily removable pieces.
I put mine in a cookie jar and they easily last a fortnight (2 weeks). Great for breakfast with fruit, a mid-afternoon snack with coffee, or a bedtime treat! And even though it has oil and honey it's still not as bad for you as cookies or store-bought flapjack.
I change up the goodies each time - mixed fruit like raisins is traditional but coconut is nice or chopped nuts if you want something less sweet. Chocolate chips or nutella if you want something more sweet! Try to keep the extra goodies under 125g or so, otherwise your flapjack will tend to fall apart after baking.
I made and brought a batch of this on my backpacking around Portland - with bananas it was breakfasts for 4 days. Yum!
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