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The traditional flapjack is hard to beat as a snack and fuel source when you’re cycling. Whether you’re short on time, want a vegan option, or fancy a little luxury; we’ve got a healthy flapjack recipe for you.

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The oats that make up the bulk of flapjacks release their energy slowly, the sugar from the golden syrup will give you a rapid energy boost, and protein in the nut you can add will also help keep you pedalling for longer.

They taste pretty good too. Of course, one of the best things about flapjacks is experimenting with the recipes. Go for a healthy flapjack recipe and add fruit, go luxury and add chocolate, or go wild and throw in whatever you have to hand!

We’ve got a super-quick version you can whizz up in the microwave, a vegan version that tastes great, and a luxury version if you fancy a real treat mid-cycle.

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[part title="Healthy Flapjack Recipe: Super-Quick Microwave Flapjacks"]

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These are absolutely perfect if you’re short on time, and need to cook up a batch to fuel a hard day of cycling. The amounts below will make about two batches, but of course this will depend a bit on the size of your microwave.

Ingredients:

  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons of golden syrup
  • 200 g of soft brown sugar
  • 450g oats
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Method:

1. Place the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a microwave-proof bowl.

2. Microwave the mixture for 1 or 2 minutes until melted, then remove and stir thoroughly

3. Allow the mixture to cool for 5 minutes, and then mix in the oats, baking powder and eggs.

4. Place half the mixture in a greased microwaveable shallow dish.

5. Cook in the microwave at high power until the mixture is dry. This usually takes 4 to 5 minutes

6. Remove, and allow to cool.

7. Turn out of dish; cut into pieces, wrap and you’re ready to go!

Healthy Flapjack Recipe Hints and Tips:

This recipe will make approximately two batches, though this will slightly depend on the size of your baking dish and microwave.

As with all flapjack recipes, experimentation is encouraged! Try adding fruit, nuts, chocolate, and seeds – go wild!

[part title="Healthy Flapjack Recipe:Vegan Flapjack Treats"]

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These tasty, oaty bites are vegan, and – if you make sure you go for gluten free oats – wheat-free too! The sweetness comes from the apple and banana, and you can play with amounts or add other ingredients like nuts or coconut for a bit of variety.

The amounts below will make about 15 bites, depending on how big you make them.

Ingredients:

  • 3 mashed bananas
  • 2 cups of oats
  • 1/3 of a cup of apple sauce (1 cooking apple, cooked and mashed)
  • 1/4 of a cup of almond milk (or rice/soya milk)
  • 1/2 a cup of raisins or sultanas
  • 1 tsp. vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Method:

1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl, and mix thoroughly

2. Grease or line a baking tray

3. Spoon out mixture into individual bites

4. Cook for 15 – 20 minutes at 180 degrees

5. Remove, allow to cool, and enjoy!

Healthy Flapjack Recipe Hints and Tips:

Try adding ingredients like coconut or other dried fruit. If you want more of a protein kick, try adding a protein powder to the mix.

[part title="Healthy Flapjack Recipe: Chocolate Orange Luxury Flapjack"]

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All the oaty goodness of flapjacks, with added dark chocolate decadence. This is the luxury version. You can nibble this on the trail as a pick me up, or have them waiting for you at the end of your ride – that’ll motivate you to keep riding!

Ingredients:

  • 250g margarine or unsalted butter
  • 150g soft brown sugar
  • 110g golden syrup
  • 500g porridge oats
  • Zest of 1 – 2 oranges
  • Juice of ½ an orange
  • 150g of dark chocolate, pieces or drops

Method:

1. Melt and mix the butter, sugar and golden syrup

2. Add this mixture to the oats in a separate bowl, and mix thoroughly.

3. Add the orange juice and zest, mix, and allow to cool thoroughly.

4. Mix in the dark chocolate pieces

5. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees

6. Smooth mixture into greased baking tray, pressing down firmly

7. Cook for 30 minutes, or until the top becomes a lovely golden brown colour

8. Remove, allow to cool, and cut into chunks

Attempt not to eat all at once!

Healthy Flapjack Recipe Hints and Tips:

Try changing the dark chocolate and orange for white chocolate and dried raspberry or cranberry, or lemon and poppyseed.

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