Homemade Flapjacks

A friend recently told me that I had really arrived in London now that I was making homemade flapjacks. I have to admit that when I first arrived here I wasn’t sure what a flapjack was–but if you are like me and love oatmeal cookies, cinnamon, dried fruits, and tasty treats, this will soon become a new favorite of yours. It also provides a great snack that doesn’t have any refined sugar. It is definitely a pregnancy must for me. So mix up, eat up and enjoy!

flapjack

The basis for this recipe I found in Deliciously Ella (a great new cookbook that I highly recommend). I have doctored it up and come up with the following:

  • 3 cups of oats
  • 1/2 cup finely hopped nuts (I like a mixture of cashews, almonds and macadamia)
  • 8 medjool dates, chopped in small pieces
  • 6 dried figs or 1/4 cup dried apples, chopped in small pieces
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup crushed corn flakes
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 6 tbs maple syrup
  • 6 tbs nut butter (my favorites are raw almond butter or hazelnut/raisin butter)
  • 4 tbs coconut oil (and more for greasing the pan)
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C or 356 F
  2. Grease a 9 x 9 baking pan with coconut butter
  3. Place oats in a mixing bowl with crushed corn flakes, nuts, chopped fruit and cinnamon. Mix together.
  4. In a large frying pan heat the mashed ripe bananas, maple syrup, nut butter and coconut oil over low heat until it forms a thick liquid like substance.
  5. Mix the heated mixture into the oat mixture. Mix until there is an even-ish consistency.
  6. Place mixture into the greased pan and smooth into the pan with a spatula to create an even, pressed layer of flapjack.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top is just starting to brown.
  8. Remove from the oven and cool before slicing up the flapjack squares. If the flapjacks look overdone pour a little bit of juice or water on top to moisten the mixture.
  9. Eat up!

Note: You can use any dried fruits you have on hand if you don’t have (or want to by the recommended fruits). For example, you could also try raisins, cranberries and/or apricots.

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Lentil Leftover Burrito

Corey and I were recently invited over to a friends where we were served a super tasty vegan Shepard’s Pie-filled with lentils and covered in yummy mashed potatoes. I decided I need to branch out and find new ways of serve grains and pulses. Here is my first attempt. A burrito filled with many of the same ingredients as usual but made in a slightly different way. Burritos are a great way to finish up what is left in your fridge from the night before–adding a new flair to whatever it is you are trying to eat up.

Lentil-Burrito

Lentil Leftover Burrito

(serves 2-3)

Lentils:

  • 2 cups of brown lentils, soaked for a few hours
  • 1 veggie broth cube
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • dash of cayenne
  • dash of salt

Burrito:

  • chopped tomato or canned salsa
  • 3 cups spinach
  • roasted veggies (whatever you have on hand – I used cauliflower, broccoli, chopped cabbage, cashew nuts, onion and carrots )
  • 1/2 cup tahini (prepared with 1 finely chopped garlic clove, 1/2 tsp za’atar spice, 1/2 cup water and 1/4 cup lemon juice)
  • 4-6 tortilla shells (plain, whole wheat, or brown rice if you can’t have gluten)
  1. Presoak lentils for about 2 hours to make them easier to digest. (Usually I just set some out after breakfast and leave them for the day so they are ready for dinner preparation).
  2. Preheat oven at 180C or 350F for veggies.
  3. Drain lentils and place in a saucepan covered with about two inches of water. Add a mashed up broth cube. Bring to a boil and let simmer (half covered) for about 45 minutes or until the water has boiled away and the lentils are cooked through.
  4. Add soy sauce, cumin, coriander, a dash of cayenne and salt to the saucepan. Mix together and add extra of any of the ingredients to taste. Set aside.
  5. Wash and chop veggies and nuts (if using) into bite sized pieces. Cover with olive oil, a pinch of salt and a few grids of pepper. Place on roasting pan and cook for half and hour to 45 minutes until slightly brown.
  6. Chop tomato or open can of salsa.
  7. Place the spinach into a frying pan on medium heat with a few tbs of water. Let the spinach wilt for a few minutes and remove.
  8. Prepare tahini with fresh lemon juice, 1 chopped garlic clove, za’atar and water. Whisk together ingredients in a bowl. Add more of ingredients to desired taste and texture.
  9. Place a frying pan on low/medium heat. Add a tortilla shell and warm for a minute or two. Flipping to get both sides.
  10. Remove the shell from the pan and fill the middle of the tortilla with ingredients (including tahini). Roll into a burrito (folding in the bottom and sides-sticking a toothpick in the tortilla, if needed, to hold together)
  11. Place the burrito back on the frying pan and let the it fry for a few more minutes (flipping, if possible) until slightly browned (or just lightly warm depending on what you like).
  12. Repeat for each burrito and serve with extra tahini.

Note: You can really add whatever you like with the lentils and burrito shell. Perhaps one of the cashew sauces found earlier in the blog in place of the tahini–like this cashew lime sour cream.