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Christmas spiced, chocolate orange flapjack – gluten & dairy free

Christmas Spiced Chocolate Orange Flapjack - A Free From Life

I haven’t been baking much recently and I miss it. This latest invention is loosely based on my granola bars, but I fancied something a bit more Christmassy and when I bought some dairy free orange-flavoured dark chocolate from Tesco’s the other day, it gave me an idea for a flapjack recipe.

Christmas Spiced Chocolate Orange Flapjacks - A Free From Life

The flapjacks are bound with the melted chocolate as well as coconut oil, so this recipe is a much healthier version than the syrup and butter-laden varieties you might find in the shops. Also, the only sugar added comes from what is already in the chocolate, plus some raisins.

I decided to put the flapjack mixture in cupcake cases, just for a change, but I think this worked out rather nicely. They remind me a little of the chocolate cornflake cakes we always used to get at parties and with this recipe being no-bake, they are really quite similar. They are as easy to make too.

As my kitchen is so warm now the underfloor heating has kicked in, I had to keep these flapjacks in the fridge, as the temperature of the room was enough to soften the coconut oil and make them go crumbly. I actually think they were nicer cold anyway.

The chocolate orange, combined with the mixed spice and the crunch of the added pecans – what can I say? If you love all these flavours and they too, speak to you of Christmas and all that it entails, then I’m sure you will enjoy these flajacks. Chocolate orange happens to be one of my favourite things in the world, so this is like comfort food to me!

I hope you like them and if you are looking for other Christmas recipes, check out my Frangelico Chocolate Truffles, Christmas Spiced Place Name Cookies, Cranberry, Orange and Chestnut Stuffing and Duchess Sweet Potatoes.

Christmas Spiced Chocolate Orange Flapjack - A Free From Life
Christmas-spiced, chocolate orange flapjack - gluten & dairy free
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Servings Prep Time
12 20 minutes
Passive Time
1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
12 20 minutes
Passive Time
1-2 hours
Christmas Spiced Chocolate Orange Flapjack - A Free From Life
Christmas-spiced, chocolate orange flapjack - gluten & dairy free
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
12 20 minutes
Passive Time
1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
12 20 minutes
Passive Time
1-2 hours
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Break up the chocolate and add it to a pan with the coconut oil. Warm gently in order to melt.
  2. Add the oats to the pan and stir to cover fully with the melted oil and chocolate. Continue to stir for around five minutes to cook the oats.
  3. Take off the hob and add the chopped pecans and raisins to the mixture. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Divide the mixture between twelve cupcake cases and press down firmly with the back of the spoon.
  5. Leave to cool for a few minutes before transferring to a fridge for 1-2 hours until they are firm.
  6. Store in the fridge, or somewhere cool.
Recipe Notes
Le Coin de Mel
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No bake protein energy balls

Raw protein balls - A Free From Life

Raw protein balls - A Free From Life

I love making these energy balls. Call them what you like: raw protein balls, energy balls, no bake protein balls, you can find many variations. Essentially, though, they’re all a version of the same thing.

What I didn’t like about the recipes I found, was that most seemed to add either honey or dates to bind the mixture and add a little sweetness.

After quitting sugar over Lent, I’m trying to maintain that lifestyle and even if I kid myself that a little honey won’t harm, it will in terms of adding sweetness back in to my life and leading to cravings again.

Honey and dates are still sugar, even if they are in another form.

That’s why I took all the ingredients I love and made my own version.

Raw protein balls - A Free From Life

My daughter loves these. She does over 12 hours of gymnastics a week and therefore needs something energy-packed after school to help her get through training.

One or two of these protein balls is more than enough to fill you and keep you sustained.

If you’re used to having sugar, you might find these bitter. Think of bitter chocolate truffles and that’s kind of what you’re getting. Rolling each ball in a little cinnamon though, adds just a touch of sweetness to balance out the cacao.

Raw protein balls - A Free From Life
No bake protein energy balls
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A no sugar raw protein energy to treat
Servings Prep Time
14 15 mins
Servings Prep Time
14 15 mins
Raw protein balls - A Free From Life
No bake protein energy balls
Print Recipe
A no sugar raw protein energy to treat
Servings Prep Time
14 15 mins
Servings Prep Time
14 15 mins
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Weigh the almonds and hazelnuts in to a food processor and blitz until chopped very fine
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until fully incorporated
  3. Form the mixture into ball and either roll in cinnamon, or sprinkle on top
  4. Chill for at least 30 minutes before serving, then store in the fridge in an air tight container
Recipe Notes
Free From Farmhouse
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