It is equally amazing and frustrating to find out that a food item which is a regular purchase, can actually be made at home for a fraction of the price. Normally, flapjacks cost about £1 each, or sometimes you can get a box of flapjack bites on offer at various supermarkets for £1 or so. Vegan flapjacks are considerably more expensive, with brands like Trex and Nine Bars selling for about £3. Flapjacks are mainly made of oats, butter, honey, sugar and whatever fruit or flavourings you like. To veganise flapjacks, just replace the butter with a non-dairy spread (my favourite is Vitalite sunflower spread), and the honey with maple syrup or agave nectar.
So, let’s look at how much these flapjacks cost to make.
Oats: 75p for 1kg, Tesco
Vitalite Spread: £1.20 for 500g, Tesco
Maple Syrup: £1.98 for 180ml (if you eat honey, Tesco also sells jars for 99p)
Brown Sugar: £1.40 for 500g, Tesco
And you most likely have these items in your cupboard already! So if you’re ever feeling peckish, you can whip these up in under an hour.
These flapjacks are dense, moist, sweet and tasty. For a healthier flapjack, use less sugar and add more fruit! Perfect for breakfast, snacking or a treat for supper.
Apple Flapjacks (Serves 10)
Prep time: 10 mins
Baking time: 40 mins
300g rolled oats
1 Jazz apple, chopped
175g dairy-free butter
4 tablespoons maple syrup (or another liquid sweetener)
2 tablespoons soft brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat oven 180 degrees celsius
- Melt and combine all ingredients apart from the oats in a pan over a low heat
- Add the oats to the mixture once it has melted
- Stir mixture until everything is combined
- Pour into a 10-inch baking tray and smooth over the surface until flat
- Place in the oven for 25-30 mins