Ingredient: Coconut oil
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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
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Breakfasts

Banana and almond porridge

Porridge recipe - A Free From Life

Porridge recipe - A Free From Life

I was never a fan of porridge. Partly due to the texture, partly to the fact I don’t really like milk either.

This porridge recipe has converted me though. I love it!

It’s our ‘set you up for the day’ breakfast and the great thing about this recipe is you can make it your own by adding any combination of fruit and nuts.

This is a warm breakfast that will fill you up and start you out on the right foot. It doesn’t take long to make, as you can prep it the night before. However, if you don’t have time, you might like to try making these overnight Bircher pots that you can take to work with you.

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I’ve included all the fruit you might need to add to your porridge in the ingredients section below. You don’t need to use all of them at once. Some ideas of fruit combinations have been included in the instructions section.

Porridge recipe - A Free From Life
Banana and almond porridge
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creamy, filling and delicious, this porridge will set you up for the day
Servings
4
Cook Time
10 mins
Servings
4
Cook Time
10 mins
Porridge recipe - A Free From Life
Banana and almond porridge
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creamy, filling and delicious, this porridge will set you up for the day
Servings
4
Cook Time
10 mins
Servings
4
Cook Time
10 mins
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Make the night before: Measure the oats, milk and vanilla into a bowl, stir and leave in the fridge
  2. In the morning: Put the porridge in a large pan with the almond butter, coconut oil and mashed banana and heat on a low to medium heat.
  3. Add more milk to the porridge to stop it from sticking to the pan and keep adding to make it the desired consistency (I don't like mine too thick!)
  4. For the fruit toppings, try the following combinations: 1. Stewed apple and pear with cinnamon, 2. Strawberries, blueberries and bananas, fresh or stewed, 3. Apple and strawberry puree (you can make these the night before and re-heat, or make in the morning and serve hot over the warm porridge)
  5. Plain natural yoghurt also goes well with the porridge and fruit
Recipe Notes

The variations are limited to your imagination, using the same base porridge.

Overnight oats - A Free From Life

Adding the almond butter, gives the porridge a protein boost, which along with the oats, will help keep you fuller for longer.

Soaking the oats overnight makes them easier to digest. It also means they take less time to cook and you end up with a smoother, creamier porridge, not the gritty, lumpy stuff that, if you're like me, put you off eating it.

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