Peanut butter, chocolate, cocoa nibs, oats, coconut oil, more peanut butter – check!
This is one of those “oh my god, oh, oh, oh man, wow, oh, yes” type eating moments. When I have an idea for a recipe, it tends to go one of three ways… disaster, mediocre, or totally awesome. THIS is one of the totally awesome times.
I so adore making (& eating) flapjacks, they are one of life’s pleasures, but you know, I get annoyed with the traditional method of heating the butter, sugar, syrup, the baking etc – sometimes you just don’t have time for all that jazz. So, I trialled this no-bake version, no heating, no baking (except a quick 15second micro-blast to melt the coconut oil, but I’ll forgive that!).
I honestly don’t think I’d be able to tell that this hadn’t been baked. It is firm, moist, holds its shape well, whilst still dropping the odd crumb on to your lap. It is layered with a flapjack base, a topping of peanuty goodness & then coated in a raw cacao chocolate. It is rammed with sweet, salty, peanut flavours & coated with that gorgeous, slightly creamy/chewy chocolate. It really is very very yummy! Plus, those nibs add an amazing brittle crunch to the bar – great stuff.
Now, whilst the protein content of these is pretty good for a small snack-sized flapjack, you’ll see that the fat & carb content is a little higher than normal. This is partly due to the fact that these are a definite delicious, protein packed treat, rather than a low-fat snack food staple, but none of the key ingredients are nasty – it has been made with lovely stuff & so, this makes for a perfect pick me up, just don’t eat all 16 at once, or, if you do, at least they are full of oats and good fats, so you’re still one up on a box of mars bars! 😉
The protein powder that I used is a multipurpose peanut protein powder from Jamie Eason – this is such a good mix. I usually make all my recipes with natural powders, i.e. just the protein powder, no added stuff, but this was given to me to try & you know, it is so so good – great flavour & it lends a brilliant texture to almost everything I’ve made with it!
This whole recipe is free from dairy – the chocolate coating is made using raw cacao powder and coconut oil – it’s a great tip to pick up, because you can use that ‘chocolate’ to make so many great things.
The coconut nectar syrup isn’t compulsory, I saw some in my local whole-foods shop & just had to try it, but you can use any syrup you like, or even honey if you like. The coconut nectar syrup does lend a wonderful deep & intense flavour to the chocolate coating though, so if you do stumble upon it, grab it up!
Recipe (Makes 16 pieces):
No-bake Flapjack Base-
- 1 cup of rolled oats
- 2 scoops of peanut protein – I used the delicious Jamie Eason multi-purpose one
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/2 cup peanut flour
- 2tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 2tbsp coconut nectar syrup (or use honey/agave)
- 1/3cup cacao nibs
- 3tbsp water
Peanut Butter Layer-
- 2tbsp unsweetened PPB
- 3tbsp water
- 3 generous tbsp cacao powder
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 2 tbsp coconut nectar syrup (or honey/agave)
- Grab all the ingredients for the flapjack base, chuck them in a bowl & mix them up – it won’t form a dough, but if you squash the mix, it will hold together.
- Squash the flapjack in to a silicon pan & firm it down. Pop in to the fridge. *Tip: Put the silicon case on a firm baking sheet to keep it flat.
- Grab a cup & pop the PPB and water in to it. Stir together until you have a soft, but not runny peanut butter paste. Smooth this over the flapjack base & return it to the fridge.
- Mix all the chocolate layer ingredients together and then pour straight over the flapjack & peanut butter layers. Work quickly to disperse the chocolate before it sets on the cold surface.
- Return to the fridge for an hour or so & then chop up in to 16 pieces, with a sharp knife. Store in an airtight container for up to 4/5days in the fridge.
Macros per flapjack:
148kcals, 9.4g fat, 11.8g carbs, 7.3g protein
Go on, try these out & stash them in the fridge for up to 4/5days – maybe share some with your friends, if you really like them! Anyway, anything that stacks up this well in tupperware has GOT to be made, right?!?!by