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publication date: Oct 2, 2013

Helen's  Vegan, Gluten Free Flapjacks

I always envied other people's flap jacks, as mine tended to come out as bricks, but after insisting that my friend Helen share her recipe I'm no longer in a bad place with flap jacks! They are the perfect snack for wheat free folk (if gluten is an issue use gluten free oats - Sainsbury's is a good place for these). For those of us who are dairy free, Pure Sunflower or Soya Margarine works a treat. Sometimes I do them plain, sometimes with 1/2 cup of dried fruit such as raisins, cherries, prunes, or I add 1/4 cup coconut if the fancy takes me.  If you're okay with nuts then walnuts or pecans are nice too. If your child is on a restricted diet, then it's nice to have a basic recipe like this that you can add new and different things into, so that your child gets variety. You can even go wild and add in 1/2 cup of Moo Free Chocolate Drops (available at Waitrose).

Grease a loaf or cake tin and pre-heat your oven

12 oz Oats - Gluten Free from Nairn's or Sainsbury's

8 oz Pure sunflower margarine

8 oz Brown sugar

2 tbs Golden syrup

Pinch of salt

Melt the non dairy margarine and sugars in a heavy bottomed pot over a medium heat.

Stir in the oats a cup at a time, and add the salt.

Bake for 15-20 minutes at 160° C.  They will be bubbling when they come out of the oven and look quite soft. DO NOT...I repeat DO NOT leave them in for another 10 minutes because they don't look firm enough. Otherwise you'll find your family digging flap jack bricks out of the tin with a knife (yes...I mean you Christopher White!)

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