Who says that flapjacks have to be sweet, sticky and laden with sugar and syrup?  Who says flapjacks can’t be healthy?  Not us, that’s for sure.  This recipe from Organix has turned this time honoured, naughty classic into a healthy treat! Not just for little ones either, we think the whole family will love these savoury cheesy flapjacks – perfect for picnics and lunchboxes

Recipe: Organix Speedy Savoury Flapjacks

  • Makes approx. 18 flapjacks
  • Suitable for freezing
  • From 10 months.

Ingredients

  • 300g ‘porridge’ oats (smaller flakes)
  • 200g carrots
  • 200g mature cheddar cheese
  • 50g finely chopped sunflower seeds (optional & can be crushed to powder for younger babies)
  • 50g finely chopped walnuts, cashews or other nuts (optional & can be crushed to powder for younger babies)
  • 4 tsps dried or fresh herbs such as rosemary or thyme
  • 200g butter (or 170mls olive oil)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C / 160°C fan / Gas mark 4 and grease a 25x20cm flapjack tin
  2. Put the porridge oats into a large mixing bowl
  3. Wash and top and tail the carrots (no need to peel if they are organic), then grate into a large bowl.
  4. Grate the cheese and add to the bowl
  5. Finely chop the seeds and nuts if using, then add to the bowl. You can crush them with a pestle and mortar or food processor first if they’re for younger babies
  6. Add the herbs and stir well. (If you’re using fresh herbs, finely chop them first)
  7. Melt the butter in a saucepan over a very low heat for just a couple of minutes, until just liquid – don’t let it burn! Then pour the butter over the oat mixture and stir until completely coated. If using oil instead, simply mix in well
  8. Tip into prepared tin and press down, then bake in the oven for approx. 25 minutes until golden
  9. Whilst warm, cut into flapjacks, but leave in the tin to cool for 15 minutes. Then carefully remove using a palette knife and leave to cool on a cooling rack, until you can resist no longer!

These are the perfect ‘on the go snack’. Serve alongside some fresh apple or pear slices.

Organix top tip: For a slightly less rich flapjack you can either use olive oil, or reduce the butter to 100g and add one whisked egg instead. The egg also makes a slightly softer flapjack, which can be good for younger babies. Why not try both and see which you prefer.

You’ll find lots more tasty family and baby recipes here on NowBaby and also on the Organix website www.organix.co.uk.