gluten free coconut flapjacks

We’re super-fond of flapjacks in this house and this creation of mine, baked with the kids last week, shot by my crazy-talented husband, Peter (who set this up once the kids were in bed, in front of the fire and blew me away with the shot)- are by far my favourite flapjacks ever.

They even beat the delicate, juicy orange treacly, much less virtuous nonetheless fabulous sticky orange flapjacks, packing in all the taste, without the not so nice sugar hit.

Healthy, hearty coconut flapjacks, these bad boys are well, not bad for you at all- low GI, low carb, low sugar, paleo and importantly, child-friendly, crispy chunky hunks of baked oaty snacks which take no time at all and fill tums for hours.

And here’s what you’ve all been waiting for (probably)-the recipe:

Makes 18

Ingredients:

  • 50g coconut oil
  • 250ml honey (we like manuka)
  • 150g organic unsalted butter (dairy free if you prefer)
  • 400g gluten free porridge oats
  • 100g desiccated coconut
  • Handful of raisins (optional)
  • 40g dark chocolate chips (I used 70%)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • Drop of milk (we used goat’s milk, optional, coconut works too)
  • Drop of mild olive oil

Method:

  1. Grease a baking tin measuring 22 x 9 cm across the top and 19 x 27 cm across the base.
  2. Into a heavy based saucepan, add the coconut oil with the honey and butter. Cook over a moderate heat, stirring until the oil has melted.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the oats, dessicated coconut, raisins, dark chocolate chips, cinammon and milk (add nuts, seeds, dried fruit, glacier cherries if you like) until evenly coated in oil.
  4. Turn the mixture into the prepared tin and level the surface. I brushed with a little mild olive oil to help golden. Bake at 180 c (350 F) mark 4 for 25-30 minutes until turning deep golden around the edges: the mixture will still be very soft in the centre. Leave in the tin until almost cold.
  5. Turn out onto a board and cut into 18 bars. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

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82 Responses

  1. JuggleMum, Nadine Hill (@Businessmum)

    Hey Vicki
    Thanks for hosting:-)
    I’ve shared two recipe posts and added your badge!
    Hope to be back again soon – I have a few foodie posts planned in the coming weeks
    x
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  2. Debbie

    Hi Vicki, I too love flapjacks. This recipe containing coconut and dark chocolate sounds fab. Will pin it and try it out in the future for sure!

    Thanks for sharing. xx

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  3. Ali

    I love flapjacks but the amount of sugar & butter put me off making them (then eating them!) I really like the sound of this recipe. And that photo is Amazeballs!
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    • honestmum

      Thanks Ali, these are low sugar, a little in the small amount of honey and the cinammon balances blood sugars so this is a low GI, low carb, healthy treat. Thanks, husband took the pic!

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  4. Marta

    You had me sold at coconut, raisin and dark chocolate. Seriously need to make these to devour them!

    Found ya via another mama’s blog…so happy I did and look forward to linking up!

    .:Marta:.
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  5. Rebecca

    These look amazing. Will definitely have to make these at some point!
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  6. Emma

    These look amazing, I’m going to try them.
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  7. Bloggermummylauren

    Oh Vicki they look delicious! I would maybe leave out the raisins, but otherwise they sound so tasty. It great when you find a nice dessert that isn’t quite so bad for you, yum yum x
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    • honestmum

      Oh thanks my eldest son picks the raisins out (yet he threw them in when we were baking)! You can add anything you like, so glad you like them chick x

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  8. Michelle Twin Mum

    Ohh thanks, I have a free who needs to eat gluten free and I never know what to bake for her, problem solved! Mich x
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  9. Louise @ Birds and Lilies

    These look and sound lovely, and I love how simple they are to make! That photo your husband took is bloody amazing! xx #BrillBlogPosts
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  10. Carly

    These certainly look tasty! I actually have all the ingredients for these so will be giving them a try soon! #brillblogposts
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  11. JOhn Adams

    I’m always looking for more baking ideas with the kids. The flapkjacks seem ideal! Will give it a go #BrilliantBlogPosts
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  12. Mumma McD

    OMG these sound GOOOOOOODDDD!!! I’ll be trying these out on the weekend, thank you 🙂
    xx
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  13. Mummy Fever

    looks scrummy – I don’t eat wheat or gluten so must give this a go X
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  14. Steph @MisplacedBrit

    Better late than never! …Or? Haha… My blogging week rotates around #TastyTuesdays …But then, that’s not to say a week can’t shift 24 hrs every now and again!!

    Thanks for hosting hun! You do an AWESOME job of it 🙂
    …And CONGRATULATIONS, I love seeing you’re TOTS100 #9
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  15. Steph @MisplacedBrit

    These look fantastic!
    I LOVE healthy snack options
    …Fridges and freezers should be full of them!
    – Pinned!
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  16. Mel

    I am craving flapjacks, cereal bars and granola at the moment. I must give your recipe a go, but I will replace the raisins with something else. Maybe dried cranberries or nuts. Thanks for hosting!
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  17. Amy

    Goodness these look absolutely divine. I’m thinking more and more about trying out the no gluten diet but don’t think my recipe this week fits well with that. I must look into it though as have heard the benefits are really worth it xx
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    • honestmum

      Thanks Amy, really felt it’s made a difference to us all and although we have the odd wheat treat here and there, 90% of our diet is gluten free, check out the book Wheat Belly, really made me stop eating it (I and my Mum’s side all have wheat intolerances and my eldest had constant rashes that cutting wheat out has helped hugely too) x

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  18. Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie

    I have been wanting to start experimenting with cooking with coconut oil, so I love the idea of this! I’ll have to try it out!
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    • honestmum

      Thanks Brie, I use it so much in cooking (I have 2 tubs in my fridge, one I use as a moisturiser and deep conditioning treatment for my hair, the other in baking) x

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  19. Rebecca U

    This sounds like my kind of thing – love coconut oil. Thanks for hosting x
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  20. Lauryn

    Oh yum! I want to make these now 🙂 I always have trouble with flapjacks (ruined many a baking tray) but this recipe looks pretty straight forward. Thanks Vicki!

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  21. Vicki Montague

    Ah, these look and sound wonderful! What a winning combo…chocolate and cinnamon! Am pinning to my Pinterest board of freefrom recipes to try! Thanks for sharing.
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  22. Claire @foodiequine

    Love the sound of these flapjacks. Not a huge choc chip fan so will leave those out and add some nuts.
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    • honestmum

      Nuts are a perfect addition, I can’t eat them but husband loves to add some when he makes them. You can add anything you fancy, thanks for your comment x

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  23. Eileen Teo

    Love the photo! Peter did a very good job!
    Your flapjacks look lovely!
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  24. Alison

    Loving that photo, I am jealous of your fire. These look really tasty as well
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  25. Rachael A

    I love coconut oil and am always on the look out for new recipes using it. Am on a major health kick at the moment so its nice to have a sweet snack that isn’t rice cakes!
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    • honestmum

      Definitely more exciting than rice cakes, enjoy chick x
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  26. Emma

    Yum, i love flapjacks and coconut and dark chocolate are an epic combination x
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  27. Ciara (My Fussy Eater)

    YUM! These look so good. Im a massive fan of homemade flapjacks. They make an amazing snack or grab-and-go breakfast and have so much less junk than the shop bought versions. Love the picture too!
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