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These really are No Fail Gluten Free Honey Flapjacks, in fact, they’re not just gluten free but they are dairy free too so happy tummies all round in my family. But wait, these honey flapjacks are also vegan too…wait what? Yep, that’s right, keep reading my lovely and you’ll see why.
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- Aren’t oats gluten free anyway?
- How do you make a flapjack dairy free?
- Is honey vegan?
- What vegan alternatives are there to honey?
- Can I make this with real honey?
- Best way to store homemade flapjacks
- Ingredients you will need
- Equipment you will need
- Other great free from recipes
- No Fail Gluten Free Honey Flapjacks Recipe
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Aren’t oats gluten free anyway?
Oats are likely to be cross contaminated with other gluten containing cereals so are not safe unless they have been certified to be safe. Therefore, flapjacks are not naturally gluten free if you are diagnosed Coeliac or have a gluten intolerance.
If you are making these Gluten Free Honey Flapjacks then you must ensure you use certified gluten free oats. Here in the UK you can get gluten free oats from most leading supermarkets, Delicious Alchemy, Glebe Farm Foods and Quaker now do gluten free oats too.
How do you make a flapjack dairy free?
Making a flapjack dairy free is super simple. All you need to do is swap out the normal butter for a plant based, dairy free alternative.
Always be sure to check the labels if something says it is plant based or vegan. These may still have may contain warnings on the packaging making them unsafe for people with milk allergies.
I always use Flora plant blocks in my baking. They come in salted and unsalted and behave just like butter.
Do not attempt to use a dairy free spread like Stork or margarine as these are soft fats full of water. You want a fat that begins in a solid state and returns to a solid state once cooled. This gives your flapjack its stability.
Whilst developing this recipe I had run out of butter on one occasion and topped it up with white vegetable fat (I use Trex or Crisp n’ Dry). The flapjacks seemed to have more of a melt in the mouth flavour so I stuck with this happy accident and now all my simple flapjacks are made with a 75:25 ratio of butter to fat.
Is honey vegan?
Whilst I am not vegan myself I do consider myself to be pro-nature and pro-environment. It’s a wobbly fence I sit on and I appreciate the hypocrisy sometimes. I am well aware that Honey is not considered to be vegan. You can read more about this by following the link below to the Vegan Society.
Honey is probably the product most frequently mistaken as vegan-friendly. There is a common misconception that honey bees make their honey especially for us, but this couldn’t be much further from the truth. Honey is made by bees for bees, and their health can be sacrificed when it is harvested by humansThe Vegan Society – Veganism and Honey
What vegan alternatives are there to honey?
I have had two different brands before. One much more affordable than the other. This link for Vegan ‘Honey’* illustrates how many there are available on the market on Amazon alone. I have actually been able to buy the Honea pictured below from Budgens.
Since using this to make my Honey Cake: one bowl recipe – gluten and dairy free I have found the Sweet Freedom version they call Honeee. It’s only £3.30 if you buy online from their store (plus P&P) but they have lots of enticing flavours … this is not an AD for them by the way, I’m just letting you know!
Can I make this with real honey?
Of course you can make these honey flapjacks with real honey, bee my guest (pun totally intended). I’m not here to tell you what you can and can’t do. This recipe will work perfectly with any type of honey.
Fun fact – I don’t actually like the taste of real honey, never have. Oddly enough I do like the vegan version, I guess that means it’s not up to tasting like the real thing?
Best way to store homemade flapjacks
I find these Honey Flapjacks last days (if you can bear not to eat them all in 24hrs!). I’d even go as far to say these flapjacks get better with age. I simply store them in a plastic container or a cake tin. They will happily last a week before they get stale.
Ingredients you will need
- gluten free porridge oats
- butter or butter alternative (I use Flora plant butter)
- white vegetable fat (I use Trex)
- light brown sugar
- honey I use Sweet Freedom Honey Flavour Syrup
To decorate (optional)
- dairy free ‘milk’ chocolate
- dairy free white chocolate
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No Fail Gluten Free Honey Flapjacks Recipe
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Gluten Free Honey Flapjacks
- 450 g gluten free porridge oats
- 150 g butter or butter alternative (I use Flora plant butter)
- 50 g fat (I use Trex white vegetable fat)
- 225 g light brown sugar
- 100 g honey I use Sweet Freedom Honey Flavour Syrup
To decorate (optional)
- 50 g dairy free 'milk' chocolate
- 50 g dairy free white chocolate
- Preheat the oven to 180°C | 160°C Fan | 350°F | Gas 4
- Line the bottom of a 20x20cm round cake tin with baking paper.
- Into a large non stick saucepan add the butter, fat, sugar and honey flavoured syrup. Place over a medium heat and stir until all the ingredients have melted.
- Turn the hob off and set the saucepan aside.
- Weigh out the gluten free oats (porridge, jumbo or a combination of both).
- Pour the oats into the saucepan and using a silicone spatula mix thoroughly.
- Now tip the mixture into the prepared cake tin and press down firmly to pack the oats down well making sure you pack the mixture tight into the corners.TOP TIP: do this as firmly as you can, this will guarantee a sturdy flapjack that will not fall apart when cut into portions.
- Pop the tin into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. The flapjack will bubble a little at the edges when it's ready.
- Remove from the oven, using a wet knife tease the flapjack from the edges of the tin (this will prevent concrete hard sticking later!)
- Allow to cool completely in the tin before removing and cutting into 12 sliced portions.
- If you plan to decorate as I have, simply melt the chocolate in a microwave and drizzle over each flapjack slice once cut.
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