Monday, 23 April 2012

Carrot and Raisin Flapjacks

I still haven't got round to sowing the carrots seeds in the recycled bath tub in my garden.  My excuse is genuine, the persistent rainfall has marred any progress in the garden.  Plus we need some soil to fill it up.  We also need to purchase some compost and us gardeners know, the stuff ain't cheap, so its been delayed yet again. We do have some sand in the garden courtesy of the landlord that we will be using whenever we get round to sowing the carrot seeds. 

Anyway, I picked up some yellow and orange carrots from the grocers about a week ago, I have to admit as I haven't been cooking much, they were beginning to look a bit on the limp side, hence no photograph of it.  However, if you click on the images below, you will be able to see some yellow amongst the orange flecks in the flapjacks.  
My niece loved these flapjacks, in fact she ate two n one go.  I wasn't quite convinced.  They were okay, but not great.  They lacked something.  I think it needs more spices, to bring it closer to carrot cake flavours.  So next time, I may add a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger to it. I may also soak the raisins in some orange juice, to give it a bit more zing too.
Carrot and Raisin Flapjacks
Ingredients
Makes about 10 - 12
120g butter
4 tablespoons runny honey
75g golden caster sugar
240g rolled oats
1 large carrot, grated (or two medium)
Handful of raisins
A good pinch of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg
Method
Preheat oven to gas mark 6. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.  My tray measured 7
½ inch by 11 inch. In a large saucepan, melt the butter, honey and sugar until it all melts. Take of the heat, then stir in the oats, grated carrot, raisins and spices. Using a spatula, carefully turn out into a non-stick baking tray and press down. Place the tray in the oven for 20 – 25 minutes or until the sides are golden. Remove from the oven and slice immediately. Leave them in the tin, when completely cold and remove from the baking tray and slice again. 

43 comments:

  1. Sorry Shaheen, but because of your photos, the term "RABBIT and Raisin Flapjack" is going round and round inside my head now!
    I can just imagine the conversation in your household when the rain lets up: "Just popping out to fill the bath for you, Dear..." :-)

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    1. Your so funny Mark, I wish I had seen that coming, but I did not.

      Nah the bath in the garden is not filling up, no plug in it :0)

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  2. I love your blog Shaheen! You've inspired me to use up the (limp) carrots in my fridge too! x

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  3. I will definitely give these a go, thanks for sharing the recipe and the cute bunny.
    Lisa x

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    1. Thanks Lisa.
      That bunny is a poser, he's been on my blog numerous times now.

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  4. This is just not fair! I am on this diet and you post a recipe that sounds absolutely wonderful but completely out of bounds! But it sounds healthy enough for when I can eat properly again! xxx

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    1. Oh I am sorry Fran, I thought these would have been considered much more healthier than my other versions, anyway hope you can try it some other time. Good luck with the diet.

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  5. These really make a great healthy breakfast option! Love them.... A keep bookmarking most of your recipes.. I should make a folder with your name ! ;)

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    1. Thank you Terry.
      Ah a folder in my name just makes me smile.

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  6. try some orange zest in them too.
    They certainly look worth tasting!

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    1. Thanks gz. Yes orange zest too, how can i forget.

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  7. oooh flapjacks... and even more healthy for the kidlets. I know what I'll be making at the weekend now!

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    1. Thanks mother of purl, hope the kidlets like.

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  8. These are just my sort of flapjacks. I imagine they'd be delicious warm or cold.

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    1. Thanks Kari, I'll be makign them again with some of the changes.

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  9. This is a great idea... fresh carrot in flapjacks, I will save this one for when my carrots come up [hopefully]...
    Do you grow coloured carrots? I am trying a purple one for the first time this year, but I must admit, not in a bath tub!

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    1. Thanks Sylvan,
      Yes I grew rainbow carrots a ouple of years ago in plastic tubs. I have to admit, the purples ones looked impressive, but failed to deliver on taste. Still I'd grow them again, purely for colour. Good luck with yours.

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  10. The pairing of carrots and raisins has always been one I've loved (I make a subtly Moroccan inspired rice pilaf which includes both of those ingredients, plus an array of spices and some slivered almonds), so this delicious recipe is right up my alley. Many thanks for sharing it!

    Thank you too for your recent comment on my post about hair colouring. I think plum can look lovely on some folks (I've been plum myself, but prefer red a bit more), and think it's worth experimenting with - you never know, it might look like a million dollars on you! :)


    Wishing you a beautiful Tuesday,
    Jessica

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    1. Thank you Jessica. Yoyr Moroccan Rice Pilaf sound lovely.

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  11. that little rabbit is very cute - and I wish I could send you some compost from our heap for your bathtub - the carrot growing one not the one in your bathroom :-) Carrot flapjacks sounds like a great idea

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    1. I would have happily accepted your compost for our bathtub :)

      The rabbit is a poser, he's featured on my blog many times and is now asking for royalties!

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  12. dont know if your niece is a fan of spices, but I find a pinch of cumin with carrot is just brilliant! the base recipe looks good anyway, and I could sure do with a flapjack or two even, since it's actually pretty healthy with all that fruit and vegetable;)

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  13. This is just my kind of recipe - looks and sounds healthy and tasty. I happen to be a big fan of carrot cake, so I'm loving this idea :)

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  14. These flapjacks look simply gorgeous - I cannot believe it, they are actually carrot cake in flapjack form :D
    yum!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  15. Hi Shaheen, I like the sound of these and especially as I've got some carrots looking a bit manky in the fridge which I did think they were only good for soup but this has got me thinking. Like your little bunny!
    Shame this rain is persisting week after week when you've got planting to do, hope the sun returns soon. Sally x

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  16. If you don't make these, then yeph Carrot Soup would be my next choice, esp. as its still rather nippy outside. I agree about the rain, its not holding off at all. Hope your well x

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  17. Hi Shaheen.

    Thanks for your comment on my blog. I'm so glad you visited, as now I have found your site, and I love it. I've just got myself a garden so I'm hoping to turn a bit of it into allotment.

    Also, carrot cake is perhaps my favourite cake and I'd never thought of trying it in flapjack so I have bookmarked this as "one to try"

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  18. Hi Shaheen,

    Thanks for your comment on my blog. I'm so glad you visited, as now I've found your site, and I love it. I've just got myself a garden and I'm hoping to turn some of it into allotment.

    Also carrot cakes is, perhaps, my favourite cake, but I'd never thought of putting it in flapjack. I've bookmarked this as "one to make" and added you to my RSS feed

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    1. Thank you so much for repaying the compliment Gill. I am guessing the above comment is also yours :0) Good luck with your gardening and growing ventures.

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  19. These sound amazing- might try them this weekend!

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  20. I am going to make these for Cooper and I have just got a batch of carrots. I think I will do what you suggest and add some spice to them.

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  21. I am off to add carrot to my banana flapjack recipe to see how it comes out. Of course I will be crediting you with the inspiration. Oh, I think I will be ruining all the healthiness and adding choc chips :)

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  22. hhmm they look scrummy! I add hazel nuts to my flapjacks too, always adds a nice bit of crunch to them. I am going to have to give those carrot ones a go x

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    1. Hazelnuts are a bit of a luxury nut in my home. I'l need to get some in the near future.

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    2. we have some hazel trees in the garden that give us them for free :-) you can't beat free food :-)

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  23. Hi Shaheen,

    Excellent timing as I was just about to look for a flapjack recipe, so yours is an absolute delight!

    Dreadful weather here-so much rain-really can’t wait for it to get warmer-and more sun!!

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  24. Thanks Dragonette.
    I am hoping to make some more today, not sure what flavour yet :)

    Your so right about the weather, absolutely atrocious. Rain stop already, my mother keeps teasing me I brought it with my from Scotland, I think she could be right.

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