If you’ve seen much of the edibles I feature on the blog, you may have noticed the lack of grains. Oats, rye, barley… minimal. Rice, buckwheat… occasionally (thanks to my love for Japanese starches.)
I could go into my stance on gluten and carbs in general, but that’s another post.
On the odd occasion, I do find myself craving something to have with my tea at around slump o’clock (3-4pm). Not because I’m hungry or tired, I just because I want something… comforting? I think it’s an old habit that won’t quit.
So I started searching for a good afternoon treat recipe… but I have my rules.
What I look for in any sweet baked-good (or raw) recipe is:
- 5 or less ingredients
- Max 10-20 minutes waiting time
- No crazy sugars or ingredients I’ll buy and never use again
That doesn’t mean I won’t see something like this and pin it, wishfully thinking I’ll one day I’ll get some coconut sugar and the patience to wait an hour and 10 minutes for cookies…
Instead, I use what I gots.
Since I still had some porridge oats from Perkier stashed, I thought I would use a rainy afternoon as an excuse to get my experimental baking on.
Flapjacks aren’t exactly the most complex of sweet treats to start with, but I was convinced I could make them even easier.
(Spoiler alert: I did!)
These guys check all of my must-have recipe rules, and actually taste good enough that my picky sugar-addict parents approved.
Even our pet robin got a taste, and he’s still visiting so I’m sure he liked them.
3 Ingredient Fruity Flapjacks
- 1 apple (I’ll bet a mashed banana or 1/2 a can of pumpkin works wonderfully too)
- 3 cups/275g oats (any – I used Perkier’s apple porridge)
- 3 tbsp oil or butter (I used a mix of coconut and butter, melted)
- Optional add-ins: sugar/elaborate sugar substitute, cinnamon, nuts, raisins, chocolate chips…
- Preheat oven to 350F/175C
- Chop the apple up into 1-2cm cubes and bung it in the microwave.
- Add the apple to a food processor. This is how we make apple sauce. (Skip this is if using a mashed banana or 1/2 can pumpkin)
- Mix all 3 ingredients well, and add any optional add-ins (I just went nuts on nuts and cinnamon)
- Bake for 15 minutes
- Cool, cut, devour
(Just kidding, I never let anything cool!)
Oh and don’t forget to try these with lashings of nut butter.