Saturday, 26 November 2011

Dried Apricots and Pumpkin Seeds Flapjacks

When I was working I would often make muffins or flapjacks for the working week ahead.  These days I make them for the weekend, should we find ourselves venturing outside of home territory.  We are much more organised and will now make a flask of coffee and take small tub of home bakes.  This is our frugal and thrifty way of saving pennies and not spending pounds on a High Street latte, espresso or muffin. 

These flapjacks are made with dried apricots and pumpkin seeds, but you can easily make it with sultanas, raisins, sunflower and sesame seeds, as well as chopped nuts, almonds would be great.
 So let us see where this weekend takes us dependent of course.

Apricot and Pumpkin Seeds Flapjacks
Makes 8
125g unsalted butter
150g soft brown sugar
75g golden syrup
200g porridge oats
150g dried apricots, chopped
100g pumpkin  seeds
Method Melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a saucepan on a low heat. Then stir in the oats, apricots and pumpkin seeds, and combine thoroughly.
Spread and flatten the mixture into a lined baking tray. 

Bake at gas mark 3 for 30 minutes, until golden brown at the edges. 
Leave to cool completely in the tin, then cut into squares with a sharp knife and turn out. 


  1. Ah ha - my next cooking project with the children - perfect timing as its raining here with more forecast for tomorrow so I need indoor entertainments.

  2. I love your idea of making these for weekend outings. Not only cheaper than the store-bought options, I suspect tastier (and healthier!) too :)

  3. nice wee snack - I could do with these at work or while I am out and about - hope your weekend is not as wet as ours - I have been feeling like I am driving through lakes of water!

  4. They look fab! Are they chewy or crispy? I a always on the lookout for good chewy flapjack recipes.

  5. Thanks Liz.
    if you make these, I should say they should be completely cooled down before cutting into pieces :) And guess what, we didn't read very far, went to the farmers market and picked up some veg - the traders hardly unpacked and were trading from their vans - it was quite wet and blustery, a short wander in Glasgow West End and we were back home.

    Thanks Kari.
    I'm making flapsjacks quite a lot now, more than muffins. Not always healthy, all that butter - but you certainly know what is going into it :)

  6. Thanks Johanna GGG.
    Ah guess what the weekend so far has been dreadful weatherwise, wet and blustery so we did not go that far, other than the West end of Glasgow - its def. the land of puddles here. In fact, for the past few months it feels like we have been living under a puddle! Hope the weather changes for you soon there.

    Thanks Jacqueline - I shoul dhave said they are chewy!

  7. Hi Shaheen, these look perfect for lunch boxes - I'll have to give them a try. Btw we had your beetroot quinoa burgers last night (we make them all the time!)- they are so good!!

  8. Hi Shaheen. I wanted to return the blog visit and thank you for taking time to leave a comment on mine. It was hard to decide which of your blogs to make a comment on! Both have fantastically yummy looking recipes.

  9. Thank you Funkbunny.
    Thanks for letting me know that your making and enjoying the beetroot quinoa burgers. If you ever post them on your blog, do let me know and i will link it from mine :) I picked up some beetroot from the farmers market yesterday, still thinking what to do with them.

    Thank you for repaying the compliment Leigh.
    The other blog is a test blog and doesn't take comments, so I am pleased you came by here. Thank you for taking the time and your kind comment.

  10. I have all the ingredients so I may give this a try :-) look lovely

  11. Sounds lovely! I would maybe try using brown rice syrup instead of the golden syrup, wish i had an oven right now!

  12. You know what? I fail everytime at cooking Flapjacks!
    Each of my attempts is a fail! We discovered those in Edimbourg a few years ago... I thought I would cook the same at home... error!
    Your pictures are totally tempting... and since I just came back for UK today, I'm in the mood ;-)
    I will try... again!

  13. Now these look loke the perfect snack for me. I think I'll give them a go this week, they look yummo! Thanks for the recipe Shaheen. Maa

  14. Thank you Miss Piggy Bank.
    I hop eyou like. Best made a day in advance.

    Thank you Adam and Theresa.
    Good to hear from you.
    I've never used brown rice syrup - oneday I'll purchase and try it!

    Hope you get an oven soon. We'll be moving next year so have lots of things to look forward to and perhaps missing kitchen bits.

    Thanks spécialiste de l'éphémère.
    Sorry to hear you attempts at flapjacks fail!
    but do try again ;-)

    Thank you so, so much Maa :)
    I hope you like.

  15. I must try making some flapjacks some day. Wonder where they got their name... the word puts an image of a boy -to more specific, Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk- flapping his way up to the Giant's castle. Flapjack and the Beanstalk.

  16. Thanks Sumaiyyah.
    Yes that is an interesting question and I am rather amused by your conenction of Jack of the Beanstalk - you are so funny :)
    Take care


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