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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
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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
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.
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Carrot cake muffins – gluten and dairy free

Gluten and dairy free carrot cake muffins - A Free From Life

It was my birthday yesterday, so naturally this calls for cake.

gluten and dairy free carrot cake muffins - A Free From Life

Deciding on carrot cake muffins with ‘cream cheese’ topping, I set about converting a recipe. I’m not a fan of overly sweet things, really I’m not. Not since I’ve been doing yearly sugar detoxes anyway. Whilst I enjoy the occasional sweet treat, I find when I bake myself, I can reduce the sugar considerably and still produce a treat that satisfies.

I’m also a fan of wholesome cakes – my chocolate courgette cake being a family favourite. The sweetness of the carrots, combined with juicy raisins and the crunch of chopped walnuts, just fits the bill.

As you can see, I went a little overboard and made 24 muffins, which is a lot of cake, but I wanted to make plenty to share the birthday love!

Gluten and dairy free carrot cake muffins - A Free From Life

 

The muffins came out a lovely golden brown. They held well and the result was a delicious, moist cake.

If you would like to try them for yourself, you can find the recipe below.

Gluten and dairy free carrot cake muffins - A Free From Life
Carrot cake muffins - gluten and dairy free
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Servings Prep Time
24 20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Servings Prep Time
24 20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Gluten and dairy free carrot cake muffins - A Free From Life
Carrot cake muffins - gluten and dairy free
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Servings Prep Time
24 20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Servings Prep Time
24 20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 5. Line 2 muffin trays with paper cases.
  2. Beat together the oil, sugar and eggs
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the tapioca, sorghum and quinoa flours with the baking powder, bicarb, salt, cinnamon and ginger.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and beat together until fully incorporated.
  5. Grate the carrots and finely chop the walnuts. Add these, along with the raisins the the mix and stir in.
  6. Divide the mixture evenly between the muffin cases and bake for 20 minutes.
  7. To make the cream cheese frosting: Sift the icing sugar and cream with the margarine. Add the vanilla extract and cream cheese, then beat together until smooth. Once the cakes are cooled, spread the cream cheese frosting on to each muffin, then refrigerate until set.
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