Thursday, July 29, 2010

Fat Free Mango Flap Jacks

Flap Jacks are a part of British Cuisine and are made of oats,butter,golden syrup/honey and brownsugar.These are actually Brit cousins of US Granola Bars and in some parts of North America flapjacks may refer to pancake.Normal Brit flapjacks can be crusty or moist and thin or thick squares baked in a tray and are perfect for tea or anytime time snacking and you can also add additional ingredients like yogurt,chocolate,nuts etc.I saw an easy flapjack recipe in Tarla Dalal site where she has used half cup of butter along with oil to make a rich  flapjack and I played around replacing butter with mango puree and adding wheat germ and flax and got these nutritious and  fat free flapjacks.

Ingredients:
Oats: 1 and 1/4 cup
Wheat Germ : 3 tbsp
Flax Seed: 1 tbsp
Brown Sugar: 1/4 cup
Honey: 1/4 cup
Mango Puree: 6 tbsp
Powdered Ginger: as per taste (optional)

Preparation:
In a big bowl mix together oats,flax,wheat germ,powdered ginger (optional) and brown sugar.Add in honey and then add in mango puree starting with 4 tbsp and knead/combine/mix well to form a thick rounded mass adding more puree as needed.It took me 6 tbsp but can vary.Also if you do not have wheat germ or flax,replace it with oats itself or dry muesli or cornflakes.You can also add in 1-2 tbsp of raisins in addition to the ingredients mentioned.It looks like this ...


And start spreading it on a greased tray/thali like this ...


to get this ...


Bake it in a preheated oven at 200C/400F for about 15-20 minutes or until the mix starts browning.You can pull it out as soon as the edges turn brown get chewy and slightly soft flapjacks or bake it 1-2 minutes more to get crunchy flapjacks.I pulled it out as soon as the edges browned.


Let it cool for 1-2 minutes  and then with a sharp knife,cut through the flapjacks to mark individual pieces/bars.


Allow it to cool completely and then serve it cutting along the lines.

The mangoey flavour is there in the flapjacks.You can also use store bought pulp if you do not have fresh mangoes.Or even use store bought cornflakes mix to make you flapjacks.These sure are filling and very healthy and they can also be the perfect guilt free midnight snacks.

The flapjacks are onway to HealthNutChallenge: Tropical Temptations as mangoes were in season here (till two days backs ie ) and these are  perfect anytime snacks.


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