Vegan flapjack recipe: super easy fruit and seed flapjack

Looking for a recipe for vegan flapjack? Look no further, we have this super easy and delicious vegan fruit and seed flapjack recipe that you’ll want to make time and time again!

More and more people are choosing to incorporate vegan food into their diets, whether it’s for reasons of health, environmental concerns or animal welfare. There’s a wider range of vegan ingredients available than there’s ever been, and vegan dishes are becoming mainstream on menus. You don’t have to buy in a whole load of weird and wonderful ingredients for this easy vegan flapjack recipe, though – the chances are you’ll have everything in the cupboard already. These are low fat, healthy and ideal for a work or school snack or as part of a packed lunch. They’re also very easy, and even non-vegan members of the family will love them.

Delicious freshly made vegan flapjacks

Vegan flapjack recipe

What you’ll need:

  • 100g oats
  • 50g flour – you can use anything you like, including ordinary plain flour or some kind of gluten free flour if you prefer. I actually used lentil flour as I had some in, but that is not a requirement!
  • Two apples – ideally cooking apples, but large eating apples will do as well
  • 60g oil (sunflower, vegetable or whatever you have available)
  • 200g dried fruit, nuts and seeds to taste. I used sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, crushed walnuts, sultanas, chopped prunes and dates, but you can use pretty much whatever you have available.
  • Grated rind of an orange (this isn’t essential if you don’t have it, but does give a nice zesty tang.)
  • Two to three tablespoons orange juice
The ingredients you'll need for a vegan flapjack recipe

The beauty of these flapjacks is that you can put in pretty much anything you like – cranberries, chopped apricots, hazelnuts, almonds, peanuts, dried cherries or blueberries would all work well. You could also add dark vegan chocolate chips for a more indulgent treat. You could also try leaving out the orange juice and half the vegetable oil, and putting in a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter instead for a crunchy, nutty taste.

How to make vegan fruit and seed flapjacks

To make this easy vegan flapjack recipe, first preheat the oven to 200 degrees C. Put everything except the apples in a large bowl, and mix them all round with a fork. Then, peel and core the apples and grate them into the bowl. If the mixture looks a little dry (it will vary depending on the size of the apples you used and how juicy they were) then add a little orange juice until it looks sticky.

How to make your own vegan flapjacks

The mixture might be a bit stiff and take a bit of working in – persevere!

Prepare a 20cm square shallow tin by wiping it wiping it round with vegetable oil on a piece of kitchen roll, then lining the base with greaseproof paper. Spoon in the vegan flapjack mixture, and press it down firmly with the back of a spoon. This will help the mixture bind into a flapjack consistency.

Put your vegan flapjacks in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes. Keep an eye on it, and if they’re getting a bit toasted on top then you may need to cover it with a piece of foil. When it’s done, your vegan flapjack should be fairly firm to the touch. Leave in the tin until almost cool, then run a blunt knife round the edge of the tin and turn the fruit and seed flapjacks out onto a chopping board. Remove the paper.

Homemade vegan flapjacks with fresh fruit and seeds

Cut your flapjack into six or eight bars. As they’ve got fresh fruit in, these vegan flapjacks are best eaten fresh. They’ll last two to three days in the fridge in an airtight container, or you can freeze them (they do go a bit crumbly when defrosted, though!) These are ideal to have on hand for vegan friends, and with all those seeds and nuts in they’re filling as well so make a good ‘on the go’ breakfast.

If you love easy recipes, check out this three ingredient easy shortbread recipe – just substitute the butter to make it fully vegan. It’s delicious and easy!

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