Recipe: date and walnut flapjacks

I’m in the process of trying to use up the contents of my cupboards before I leave uni for the summer, and had an abundance of walnuts (god knows why I buy such random things). After a spot of googling and discounting a Nigella recipe, I found this recipe for date and walnut flapjacks, and it seemed perfect- crammed full of yummy goodness to fuel me up for running.

Ingredients
125g unsalted butter/Flora
1 tbsp runny honey
25g caster sugar
100g chopped dates
1/4 tsp bicarb soda
50g walnut pieces
1 tsp vanilla extract
150g (ish) oats

Method
Grease and line an 8″ ish square tin. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Put the chopped dates, bicarb soda and just enough water to cover them in a saucepan, heat gently and simmer for about 5 minutes until they go all syrupy and make your kitchen smell of toffee.

Add the butter, sugar, honey and vanilla extract to the pan and allow to melt until you have a big sticky pan of gooey temptation- but if you can avoid dipping fingers/spoons/biscuits in this, it’ll be worth it.

Stir in the walnuts and then the oats. If the mixture seems too gooey, keep adding oats until it’s the right sort of consistency.

Pop the mixture in the tin and bake for around 20 minutes, until firm and golden.

They don’t set quite as hard as normal flapjacks, but are absolutely yummy- and also taste slightly like sticky toffee pud, which is a big win in my book.

(Recipe source: here)

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