This version is given a Christmas twist by the use of mixed spice and cloves. I am not sure if mixed spice is found worldwide but it is always in my kitchen. Most versions feature allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, cloves, coriander and ginger. You can easily make your own (example proportions are here) but I prefer to buy it because I don't usually have all of the individual spices. For this recipe I used mixed spice and extra cloves, which ups the spice deliciousness.
I had a hankering for dried apricots, but any dried fruit would work in this. If you do use apricots, I recommend chopping them more finely than I did. I cut mine into quarters but the relatively large pieces made it hard to cut neat flapjack squares. For the same reason, I recommend following others' advice and cutting your squares after cooking but while the mixture is still in your tin. I took mine out of the tin before cutting and the result was consequently a little bit messy!
This is effectively a half recipe as most flapjack recipes use 250g of rolled oats and proportionally more of the other ingredients. Feel free to double the quantities if you are catering to more people than I was.
Festive apricot spiced flapjack
Christmas spices warm up this oaty treat, whilst dried apricots add sweetness and texture
Makes 12 small squares
Author: Bite-sized thoughts
125g traditional rolled oats
60g non-dairy spread or margarine
40g coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
1-1/2 tbsp golden syrup
1 tsp mixed spice
1/2 tsp ground dried cloves
12 dried apricots, chopped
Preheat your oven to 180'C and prepare a loaf tin or small square baking tin.
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl (if using a microwave) or small saucepan. Heat gently on or over low heat until the spread / margarine has melted. Stir thoroughly.
Transfer the mixture to your prepared tin and press down, distributing evenly.
Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Cut into squares before removing from the tin!
Submitted to Healthy Vegan Fridays.
Are you enjoying any Christmas baking?