Zesty Seedy Flapjacks

Spice up your sports snacks

This flapjack recipe is adapted from one by Natasha Corrett at Honestly Healthy Food. I cut the amount of syrup by half and added orange zest and spice which I think adds a lovely autumnal flavour.

These chewy flapjacks make a great pre or post workout snack to help boost energy levels. The nuts and seeds provide a decent amount of zinc and protein to help with muscle repair.  If you have a sporty vegan teen (don’t use honey) these are a great snack to make in bulk and pop in the freezer. They take an hour or so to defrost.

Feel free to use any other nuts of seeds that you have in your cupboards.

Makes 10
90g chopped pitted dates
225ml water
75g raw unsalted cashews
75g raw unsalted peanuts
150g jumbo rolled oats
75g raw pumpkin seeds
75g raw sunflower seeds
200g maple syrup (or runny honey)
zest of 1 orange
1tsp mixed spice
50g raw sesame seeds for the topping


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 160°C
  2. Place the dates and half the water in a pan, bring to the boil, then simmer until the dates are soft. Transfer to a blender.
  3. Add the cashews and peanuts to the blender with the remaining water and whizz together with the dates. Pour the mixture into a large bowl
  4. Place the oats, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds into a food processor and pulse for about 1 minute, or until roughly chopped. Add these to the mixture in the bowl. Stir in the maple syrup or honey, the mixed spice and orange zest.  Mix thoroughly.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a 23cm x 15cm baking tray lined with baking parchment and spread out the mixture to a thickness of 2cm. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden.
  6. Leave to cool on the baking tray and then cut into slices.
  7. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

About Michelle Lake

Hi, I run Mission Nutrition, and I'm a nutritional therapist/ nutritionist helping people all over St Albans & Hertfordshire feel happier & healthier. If your diet needs an overhaul, come and see me for a nutrition consultation! Tel: 01727 893 042 / 01727 869 929 or email michelle@mission-nutrition.co.uk