Flapjacks found in shops and cafe's are usually something I avoid like the plague. Whether it is gluten, nuts or dairy- they are always made up of something, if not a few things, that people with allergies should watch out for. Not to mention, they are normally packed with sugar and have a high carbohydrate content, meaning they're not ideal for diabetics either. That's why I decided to make these gluten-free flapjacks which are low in sugar and healthy too whilst not tasting like cardboard. Plus, they only take 20 minutes max to make and are so handy to have as both an energy-boosting snack throughout the day or to stuff your face with in the evenings, guilt-free. Below is the recipe and method which makes about 6 large flapjacks if you're interested!!
2 cups (about 60g) gluten-free oats
2 egg whites
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon natural honey
Blueberries/Dark Choc (I used this Free'ist one which is gluten and sugar free)
WHAT TO DO:
Firstly, pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees
Mix the oats and egg whites into a bowl and add the cinnamon. I add cinnamon to nearly everything because of its link to helping control sugar levels.
In a pan, melt the coconut oil and honey and then add to the oat mix.
After that is done, you can add whichever optional extra you prefer.
Blueberries are a great option for diabetics because they have a low GI, meaning they won't make a significant impact on blood sugar levels. They're also packed with fibre, antioxidants and vitamins.
Another option is dark chocolate which is a great option for those with a sweet-tooth like me. I would recommend the brand Free'ist which is available in most Irish stores such as Tesco, Dunnes Stores, Centra and Spar. They have a wide variety of different chocolates and they're all gluten-free and low in sugar.
Put baking parchment into a baking tray then pour the mixture in, patting it down so it's flat and level.
Pop it into the oven with some baking parchment over the top so that it doesn't burn, leave for 15 minutes and they're done!