Gluten Free Coconut Flapjacks

Happy New Year to you 🙂 and welcome to my first recipe of the year 2017! I enjoyed taking a little blogging break over Christmas, but now that the holidays are almost over I felt it was time to post a recipe and get back in to the blogging swing of things.

Just before Christmas, I received my new Degustabox Uk parcel so this has prompted my new recipe for this new year. With the boys returning to school tomorrow, it means that I will be making packed lunches again so I thought I would bake something for them to take as a sweet treat. Using (gluten free) Nutri-Brex cereal I was inspired to make some flapjacks, which are usually made using oats of course, but I wondered if a different cereal would work in their place. 

I was also sent some apple and cinnamon fudge, so I thought I could add these as a sugar replacement., to help glue the flapjacks together while adding some extra flavour. 

I also added an over ripe banana for extra goodness, stickiness and flavour,   and also some golden syrup (I would have added honey had I some in my cupboard to make these slightly healthier, so feel free to do this yourself) and butter.

Once melted all together, it made a lovely syrup in which to add my dry ingredients

I placed the Nutri-Brex in my food processor to make crumbs, and added some raisins and desiccated coconut too

Then bake until golden brown.

Here is the recipe if you fancy giving these a go – they are easy to make, quick to bake and taste delicious, perfect for a family friendly healthy-ish snack. 

*Please note:

You could substitute the golden syrup for honey
If you don’t have fudge to use up, then add more honey/golden syrup
You could make these dairy free by substituting the butter for coconut oil or a dairy free spread 
You could add alternative fruit eg. grated apple, dried cherries etc.
You could add some spice eg. cinnamon or mixed spice
You can of course use oats instead of the Nutri-Brex cereal 

Gluten Free Coconut Flapjacks
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a gluten free flapjack made using a coconut and crispy rice cereal.
Serves: 12
  • 250g Nutri-brex cereal
  • 50g desiccated coconut
  • 50g raisins
  • 1 medium-large over ripe banana
  • 225g butter
  • 300ml golden syrup or honey
  • (I used 200g apple and cinnamon fudge + 100ml golden syrup)
  1. Pre heat the oven to 160oC / 140oC (fan oven)
  2. Grease and line a brownie tin
  3. Place the fudge, butter, golden syrup and banana in a large non stick man over a medium heat and gently melt together
  4. Meanwhile place the Nutri-Brex in a food processor and blitz to make crumbs
  5. Pour the cereal crumbs, coconut and raisins into the sticky sauce and mix well to coat all the dry ingredients well
  6. Pour into your prepared tin and bake for 20-25 minutes until just golden
  7. Carefully, score your flapjack portions with a knife
  8. Leave to cool in the tin before removing to a tin

Now I have some tasty flapjacks for the boys which will give them plenty of energy for their afternoons at school. 

So with a new year comes new year ideas and , dare I say it, resolutions. Have you made any? I have not made a list as such, but I have few in my head which I am hoping to continue with, and improve on. Becky wants more simple year after a manic one last year, and her linky for simple nature crafts is always a calming place to get new ideas from. One thing I do want to be this year is more organised, m in terms of food planning and my life in general! This Busy Mum’s Balanace Planner would be a great help.

I am linking this up to Bake of the Week hosted this week Helen (my turn next week)

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I was sent a Degustabox Uk as part of my on going role as a reviewer. 

23 comments / Add your comment below

  1. I’ve never actually made flap jacks, can you believe it? I didn’t even know they existed before I moved to the UK. Love how quickly you can make them. I might actually give it a try – minus the banana 😉

  2. Happy New Year!! Well done for managing to take a little break away from the blog. I failed miserably!! I did manage to take Christmas Day off but snatched little half hours here and there every other day. It’s hard to balance the demands of a blog and with the rest of life, isn’t it? These flapjacks look lovely. I would be very happy if I got one of these in my packed lunch!! Eb x

    1. It is hard to maintain a blog v’s life scenario, I am constantly struggling, but decided that I wanted a break this year! Sometimes you just need too.
      Thank you, they were a big hit x

  3. Happy New Year! I also had a little blogging break and am only just getting started again now. These flapjacks sound delicious – I love coconut ones and also often add bananas to mine. So popular with my children!

  4. Nutribix are lovely! These flapjacks look amazing! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

  5. Yummy flapjacks Jenny, they look so healthy and delicious (I will pretend I didn’t read that you used fudge to stick them stogether 😉 – everything is good for you in moderation though right? X

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