Granola bars, flapjacks, call them what you want but I’ve become a tiny bit obsessed with them. This is a problem for two reasons, budget, those suckers are expensive and health, they all have a lot of added sugar. My current favourites are:
Sainsbury’s All Butter Fruit and Seed Flapjack OATS (26%), Butter (Cows’ MILK) (15%), Dried Apricots (10%), Condensed Skimmed Cows’ Milk (Cows’ MILK, Sugar), Partially Inverted Refiners Syrup, Sugar, Sultanas (8%), Dried Cranberries (5%) (Sugar, Dried Cranberries, Sunflower Oil), Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Orange Zest, Orange Oil,
Condensed milk with added sugar, partially inverted refiners syrup and sugar are ingredients 4, 5 and 6.
Oats, Golden Syrup, Soft Brown Sugar, Sultanas, Glace Cherries, Raisins, Mixed Peel
This one has less ingredients but golden syrup and brown sugar are two of the most prominent.
I eat too much cake to be completely against sugar, but as much as I love these bars as a mid morning snack with a cup of tea, I want something less sweet and more filling. So I needed to find a cheaper, less sugar laden alternative and I came across this recipe and gave it a try.
I have to confess to being a bit worried when I was cooking them and they are more cake like, than flapjack but they are good. I’ve made them a couple of times now and the second time I used half the amount of liquid, I put 50ml of coffee in (look it was there, I hate waste!), I added a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the wet ingredients and a teaspoon of mixed spice to the dry ingredients and mixed dried fruit instead of dried apricots. The recipe is open to adaption.