Rachel Allen’s Peanut Butter Flapjacks: Adapted to be Gluten Free

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I think flapjacks were the first thing I was allowed to bake on my own, sweet, chewy, goldenly delicious and simple to make they are a great introduction to baking for kids. Since being diagnosed celiac I have fallen out of the habit of making flapjacks because gluten free oats tend to be outrageously expensive however Aldi has recently expanded their GF range to include porridge oats at a fraction of the cost of other GF brands so I will be back to making flapjacks, granola, muesli and hearty bowls of porridge with abandon.

This weekend I was at a very lovely wedding where the guests were all housed in Yurts. There was no electricity in the Yurts just beautiful beds, oil lamps, candles and a wood fired stove and they were set in beautiful grounds. It was all very lovely and rustic but since we weren’t in a hotel and brunch wasn’t until 11.00am on the morning following the wedding I knew I would need something to keep body and soul together until breakfast so I made a batch of flapjacks and the morning after the wedding we snuggled up in bed, nibbling on the chewy cookies, sipping warm orange juice out of plastic cups, rehashing all the events of the day before and it was a very nice start to the day.

Rachel Allen’s Peanut Butter Flapjacks: Adapted to be Gluten Free

Ingredients

300g gluten free porridge oats
100g seeds
50g desiccated coconut
50g Doves Farm Gluten Free plain flour
200g butter
200g golden syrup
150g soft brown sugar
150g dried apricots, chopped
125g crunchy peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 160/gas 3/325f

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• Line a swiss roll tin with baking parchment
• Place the butter, brown sugar and golden syrup in a saucepan and melt together over a low heat
• Stir in the chopped apricots, peanut butter and vanilla extract.
• Place the gluten free oats, sunflower seeds, coconut and gluten free flour in a large bowl and stir together.

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• Pour the melted butter mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until thoroughly combined.
• Scrape the mixture in to the prepared tin and bake in the pre heated oven for 25 – 30 minutes or until golden and slightly firm.
• Allow to cool in the tin, then lift out on the paper and carefully flip the flapjacks over on to a cutting board face down. Peel back the baking parchment and cut into 18 squares.

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These flapjacks are quite soft and chewy and very crumbly but they are delicious and store  well although I would stack them with squares of parchment paper between each slice as they will tend to stick together.

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Kale Crisps: Naturally Gluten Free

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On Wednesday I gave you a most indulgent desert recipe so today I am going to give you something a wee bit healthier, all things in moderation as they say. In my family my Mum never really had a problem making us eat vegetables even greens, at Christmas there is usually a standoff over the last few brussels sprouts even to this day. I like veggies and doing interesting things with them and so when I first heard about kale crisps and then saw the high price of a packet of kale crisps I decided that I would keep my money and try making my own.

 
This is a really basic recipe and since you can now get big bags of kale in grocery stores for around €1.49 it is really cheap, you can vary this by changing the seasoning you use, I used garlic powder as it is what I had to hand but you should experiment to see what you would like, I have a chipotle rub spice mix that I really want to try with this.

Ingredients
1 bag of Kale
1 tablespoon of olive oil
½ teaspoon of garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste.

Preheat your oven to Gas 4/180c/350
1. Rinse the Kale thoroughly and then dry. You want the kale dry so it crisps up rather than steams when you put it in the oven
2. Remove the centre stem which is quite tough and then either chop or tear the kale in to bite sized pieces.
3. Put the kale in a bowl and pour over the olive oil, use your hands to mix and make sure the leaves are well coated.
4. Put the kale on a tray and sprinkle over the garlic powder or other seasoning.
5. Put the tray in the pre-heated oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, halfway through the cooking you should use a fork to mix the leaves around or those art the outer edge of the tray may burn.
6. When the kale pieces have crisped up remove from the oven and season with salt and pepper. If you aren’t going to eat the crisps straight away store them in an airtight tin.

 
In a move that probably defeated the effort of making a healthy gluten free snack I enjoyed almost a full bowl of kale crisps with a Gluten Free beer while watching a movie, I recommend you try this.