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Healthy Vegan Date Flapjacks

Chloe from Forkful of Plants
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine English
Servings 9 flapjacks
Vegan date flapjacks are soft, sweet and chewy, with a subtle nutty tahini flavour. They’re a great healthy snack option, and contain no added sugar or dairy. Enjoy them as an afternoon treat, or an on-the-go snack.

Equipment

  • Blender or food processor
  • 8 inch square baking tin
  • Greaseproof paper

Ingredients
 
 

Dry ingredients

  • 240 g rolled oats
  • 100 g dried dates chopped
  • 50 g mixed seeds
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt

Wet ingredients

  • 150 g dried pitted dates
  • 100 g tahini
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • 10 minutes before you begin, soak 150g of dates in boiling water. Preheat the oven to 180°c/350°f, and line the tin with baking paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, chopped dates, mixed seeds, baking soda, and salt. Stir until they are combined.
  • To a blender, add the tahini, coconut oil, vanilla extract, soaked dates, and 60ml/¼ cup of the soaking water. Blend on high until the mix is mostly smooth.
  • Tip the wet mix into the dry ingredients, then stir them together until the wet mixture completely coats the dry. If it’s a little too sticky, add some extra oats 1 tablespoon at a time. If it's too dry, add a splash of extra date soaking water.
  • Press the mixture into your lined baking tin, creating an even layer. You can use the bottom of a glass to press the mix firmly into the tin.
  • Place the tin into the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the date flapjacks are golden brown.
  • The flapjacks should still be slightly soft when they come out of the oven, but don’t worry, they will firm up as they cool. Once you can handle them, remove from the baking tin and transfer to a wire rack.

Notes

Cutting the flapjacks: I would also recommend cutting through them partially whilst they are still warm, then cutting all the way through once they are cooled completely. This ensures that they don’t break apart and crumble.
STORAGE: These flapjacks will keep for up to 5 days in an airtight container. Storing them at room temperature is absolutely fine, but you could store them in the fridge to keep them fresher for longer. You can also freeze them for up to 3 months in an airtight container. They defrost quickly at room temperature, so pull one out in the morning and it will be defrosted in time for your afternoon snack. Likewise, you can pop them in the microwave to quickly defrost.

Nutrition

Calories: 308kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 8gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gFiber: 6gSugar: 18g
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