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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Hugh's Honey and Peanut Butter Flapjacks


There was nothing in the biscuit tin.  There was nothing in the cake tin. I wanted something sweet now what did I have in the cupboard that would make a quick and easy sweet treat?  I always have oats, dried fruits and a mix of pumpkin and sunflower seeds that we use in our bread, so I went looking for a FLAPJACK recipe and found this one by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in River Cottage Every Day:

Honey and Peanut Butter Booster Bars
Makes 16
125g unsalted butter
150g soft brown sugar or light muscovado sugar
125g no-sugar-added crunchy peanut butter
75g honey, plus a little more to finish
Finely grated zest of 1 orange
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon 
200g porridge oats (not jumbo)
150g dried fruit, such as raisins, sultanas and chopped apricots, prunes or dates, either singly or in combination
150g mixed seeds, such as pumpkin, sunflower, poppy, linseed and sesame

Preheat the oven to 160C/gas mark 3. Grease and line a baking tin, about 20cm square.
Put the butter, sugar, peanut butter, honey and grated citrus zests in a deep saucepan over a very low heat. Leave until melted, stirring from time to time.
Stir the oats, dried fruit and three-quarters of the seeds into the melted butter mixture until thoroughly combined. Spread the mixture out evenly in the baking tin, smoothing the top as you go.
Scatter the remaining seeds over the surface and trickle with a little more honey. Bake for about 30 minutes, until golden in the centre and golden-brown at the edges.
Leave to cool completely in the tin (be patient – it cuts much better when cold), then turn out and cut into squares with a sharp knife. These bars will keep for 5-7 days in an airtight tin.
These bars are really very moreish and you only need a small piece to fill you up. The fruit I used was mainly raisins with some dried cranberries and dried apricots.  I used a mixture of smooth, crunchy and three nut peanut butter, because that's what I had in the house.   The peanut butter doesn't dominate the taste of the bars and they are the soft and fudgy type of flapjack rather than the crisp, crunchy type.


I'm entering the flapjacks for Tea Time Treats, the monthly blog challenge run by Karen at Lavender and Lovage and Janie at The Hedgecombers.  July's Tea Time Treats is being hosted at The Hedgecombers.

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25 Comments:

At 8 July 2014 at 21:24 , Blogger Stuart Vettese said...

These look very tasty and wholesome Janice!

 
At 8 July 2014 at 22:19 , Blogger Deena Kakaya said...

They look so moist and deep x

 
At 9 July 2014 at 08:13 , Anonymous Alison said...

Oh my, those look gorgeous. I could just eat one now with my cuppa

 
At 9 July 2014 at 13:39 , Anonymous Lou, Eat Your Veg said...

Oh yummy! LOVE bars like this Janice, and packed with so much good stuff too. Like you I've always a stock of nuts, seeds, oats and dried fruits!

 
At 9 July 2014 at 15:28 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

A FABULOUS tea time treat Janice and one that I would be happy noshing in morning, noon or night!

 
At 9 July 2014 at 17:11 , Blogger Madeleine Morrow said...

These are prefect for my household as we eat a lot of oats, seeds and dried fruit plus all adore peanut butter. Won't last 5 minutes. I guess that is the idea.

 
At 9 July 2014 at 22:51 , Anonymous Fiona @ London-Unattached said...

I'm a big flapjack fan, these look lovely and they seem to keep well too!

 
At 10 July 2014 at 10:40 , Anonymous Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry said...

I would like to try these with almond butter. Like the addition of seeds.

 
At 10 July 2014 at 14:47 , Anonymous Sisley White said...

Peanut butter in flap jacks! I am so sold. Two of my favourite things together. Saved to try :)

 
At 11 July 2014 at 21:43 , Blogger Keep Calm and Fanny On said...

If you could whip me up a batch now I'd be happy!

 
At 13 July 2014 at 16:58 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

They certainly fill you up, Stuart.

 
At 13 July 2014 at 16:59 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

Lol, you could whip up a batch yoursef, I've already eaten too many of them.

 
At 13 July 2014 at 17:00 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

Let me know how you get on Sisley.

 
At 13 July 2014 at 17:00 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

Almond Butter would be lovely, I did you some Whole Earth 3 Nut butter at part of the mix, I was clearing out half empty jars for the others!

 
At 13 July 2014 at 17:01 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

Thanks Fiona, they do keep well, but don't last long!

 
At 13 July 2014 at 17:02 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

Thanks Madeleine, I managed to keep them for about a week, but that's with no kids in the house and strict rationing lol!

 
At 13 July 2014 at 17:03 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

Yes, I like a nice deep bar and they are nice and chewy.

 
At 13 July 2014 at 17:03 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

Thanks Alison, they are perfect with tea or coffee.

 
At 13 July 2014 at 17:04 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

Glad to hear that Karen, I'll certainly be making them again.

 
At 13 July 2014 at 17:05 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

Thanks Lou, they would be easy for kids to make too.

 
At 14 July 2014 at 21:47 , Blogger belleau kitchen said...

Honey and peanut butter. Hello!

 
At 21 July 2014 at 08:02 , Anonymous Sarah James said...

I love flapjack but I've never tried them with peanut butter, sounds delicious.

 
At 23 July 2014 at 09:31 , Blogger Jacqueline Meldrum said...

Fab! I only ever add flax seeds, but I now think I should add more.

 
At 28 July 2014 at 21:48 , Blogger Jane Sarchet said...

Mmmmm, they look divine, esp with all the seeds. Thanks so much for sharing with Tea Time Treats Janice :)
Janie x

 
At 13 August 2014 at 10:58 , Anonymous Fiver Feeds said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe! I think I found my dessert for next weekend :)

 

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