Toffee Apple Flapjack

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Toffee Apple Flapjack



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About this Recipe

An autumn flapjack perfect for Bonfire Night.  It uses fruit, coconut, & just one tablespoon of maple syrup for sweetness, that is all.  Its filling, warming, comforting, & yet full of fantastic healthy ingredients.  Delicious.



  • 100 pitted dates & 100ml hot water
  • 150g apple puree
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp each cinnamon & mixed spice (or your choice)
  • 50g melted coconut oil
  • 25g ground linseeds (or milled seeds of your choice)
  • 25g oatbran (or extra oats)
  • 200g porridge oats (steel cut)
  • 30g finely chopped dried apple


  • 130g dates
  • 120ml coconut milk (tinned, full fat)
  • 1 tbsp real maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract



  1. In a large bowl that a hand blender can be used in, soak the dates in the hot water for approx. 30 mins, or longer if you wish.
  2. In a small saucepan that again can take a hand blender, soak the dates for the topping in the coconut milk.
  3. Turn the oven on to 170 / 150 fan, oil a 22cm square tin or line with greaseproof paper,
  4. Blend the dates and water, then add all the other ingredients, with the chopped dried apple last.
  5. Pour into the baking tin, bake for 20—25 mins depending on your oven. It should slightly brown on top and feel firm.
  6. Whilst this is baking, whizz up or mash the sauce dates in the coconut milk. add the syrup & vanilla, gently warm on the hob  for approx. 10 mins, uncovered, until thick.
  7. Remove the flapjack from the oven, spread the sauce over it and leave to cool in the tin. If you can wait that long…..

This is a great healthy flapjack even without the topping.  Make it in a slightly smaller tin, 20 x 20, and add some dried fruit of your choice.


Health Benefits

Dates are a healthier replacement to sugar in baking.  Though still high in (natural) sugar, the effect of this is moderated by the fibre contained. Dates are satiating & so can help with weight control.  They also contain nutrients potassium, zinc & selenium.


Oats, or oat flour, are higher in protein and healthy fats than most other grains, rich in many vitamins.  Eat them for your heart, your gut, your bones, your brain. They are filling, so great for weight management & slow release energy.


Apples—Research shows apples are great for the gut & aiding digestion, reducing cholesterol due to their high pectin, helping with cancer prevention,  & appetite control.  Apples are cleansing & wonderful for the immune system.


Cinnamon historically was used for insomnia, menstrual cramps, & nausea.  It is probably best known now for stabilising blood sugar levels, great for helping to prevent Type 2 Diabetes & for weight management.


Coconut oil is high in saturated fats, but thought to be better than animal fats, a controversial area at the moment.   Found to help with weight control by burning off fat in the body, & provides the brain with a quick source of energy.  Research indicates it can help raise good cholesterol.


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