Arlene from Carrickfergus Cookery School, Carrick YMCA suggests you try out these homemade flapjacks to boost your energy levels through the day.
They are an ideal snack for cyclists or anyone needing more energy. Made with oats, nuts, seeds and fruit they are packed with nutrients and taste amazing too.
(Makes approx 32)
You will need:
125g unsalted butter
140g brown sugar
300g porridge oats
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons golden syrup
200g dried fruit-a mixture of sultanas, raisins, cranberries, apricots etc
100g nuts and seeds- a mixture of sesame, sunflower, pumpkin seedsand chopped brazil or walnuts.
100g stem ginger, roughly chopped
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C/ Gas 4.
Butter and line a 22 x 30cm baking tray with parchment paper.
1. Heat the butter, sugar, golden syrup and honey in a largesaucepan until the butter has melted.
2. Add the oats, dried fruits, nuts seeds and ginger and stir well.
Spoon the mixture into the baking tray and spread out evenly.
Press the mixture down firmly with the back of a large spoon.
3. Place the flapjacks into the preheated oven and bake for 20-25minutes, or until golden brown. Leave to cool before cutting into squares.
Don’t worry if they are a little softer than shop bought ones- the honey makes them lovely and gooey.
See more of Times columnist Arlene’s recipes on our web site.