Delicious energy boosting bars

backpack bars
I finally nabbed and I think improved (just a little!) Dominic’s flapjack recipe. He has been making them for years to give out to his clients after a good workout or has often wrapped one up for me to take to work so that I have a decent snack if I start to flag in the middle of the day. I used never be around when he made them so have been experimenting lately and have come up with this as a more refined, girlie almost, version of his flapjacks. I think these are perfect for the backpack if you are going on a long walk and children tend to like them too though be mindful of the nuts. They are really easy, all the dry ingredients get mixed, all the wet get melted with the chocolate and the baking time is only 20 minutes. The recipe can be changed around pretty easily too – use what ever nuts you like, same goes for the dried fruit and the nut butter. I have made them with peanut and almond butter and both are delicious. They taste better than any shop bought flapjack and are made with much better ingredients.

2 oz coconut
2 oz mixed nuts chopped
1 oz seeds
6 oz dried fruit
8 oz (certified gluten free if you can get them) oats (not jumbo as they wont stick together as easily)
1 tbsp milled flax seed (optional, I put them in when I have them)
1 tbsp cocao nibs (optional I love them in it)
4 oz butter
100gr good quality chocolate
2 tbsp coconut oil
4 tbsp honey
4 tbsp nut butter

This makes 12 decent size bars.
Oven at 180C

If you have time, toast the coconut in the oven for about 5 minutes until it is lovely and golden
In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients (oats, fruit, seeds, nuts, coconut etc)
Bring a pot of water to the boil. Turn it off and stick a bowl over it into which you have put the chocolate, butter, honey, nut butter, coconut oil . The chocolate and other ingredients will melt nicely – give it a stir every now and then.
Make a well in your dry ingredients and pour in the melted chocolate liquid.
Mix thoroughly and ensure all dry ingredients get coated with it.
Pour into a flat try (mine was 10cm x 14cm) and press down very well with the back of a spoon. Bake for 20 minutes.
Let cool completely in the tin before cutting… this is essential otherwise you will end up with breakfast cereal!
Cut and enjoy!

13 thoughts on “Delicious energy boosting bars

    1. I get them in nourish in city centre . I also buy on line. My only caution is that we are not a coeliac family . If you are then be very careful as there are different definitions of certified gluten free depending on the origin so check labelling carefully.

  1. Hi Grainne,
    Just wondering what seeds do you use? And are coconut flakes suitable? Thanks, Can’t wait to try them!

    1. Hi there, thanks for dropping in. I use unsweetened dedicated coconut. The flakes are not suitable really for this as it needs to be the denser stuff. I use mixed seeds, pumpkin, chia, sunflower etc. I always have a supply in the house- I stock up when I’m near a local Asia market.
      Enjoy! Grainne

  2. Hi Grainne, I used agave instead of honey. About 50% of my batch turned into crumble/cereal (despite letting them cool and leaving them in the fridge overnight…) Do you think this was because I didnt use honey or can you recommend any tips for helping them bind together better? Thanks!

    1. Hi Kate,
      I never use agave to be honest so Im not sure if it is less good as a binder than honey. The oats can be the problem too, I dont use jumbo as they wont bind well together. Sometimes I know from judging that it needs more wet (can be the oats are quite dry) so I melt a bit more butter and add it in. I hope these tips result in a better batch.

  3. Hi Grainne,
    I think the last poster has answered my question…I loved Dominic’s bars but like these better :), only problem is that half mine turn to crumble too. I have to make mine with gluten free oats and wondered whether this might affect the stickiness? Otherwise I’ll chuck in some more butter…

    1. Hi there, Do try more butter, the oats can vary in terms of dryness. I never had a problem like this. Im going to buy a few different brands of oats and experiment and will let you know if I update the recipe as a result.
      many thanks for getting in contact and trying the recipe!

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