Black Cherry Flapjacks

I’ve been desperate to use activated charcoal for a while now and what with Halloween coming up next week I figured now was the perfect opportunity. If you’ve read my recent post about the healthy food trends set to hit us in 2018, you’ll know that black food is big news, so I say let’s make black cherry flapjacks!

A little charcoal powder goes a long way, so you really don’t need much, but the best bit is that it has no taste, so won’t affect the other flavours in the flapjack. Combined with pureed black cherry ‘blood’ jam these healthy treats are the perfect snacks for your little and not so little horrors.

What’s In My Black Cherry Flapjacks?

  • 400g Oats
  • 250g Unsalted Butter
  • 250ml Maple Syrup
  • 200g Dried Cherries
  • 400g Tinned Black Cherries
  • 2 tsp Activated Charcoal Powder
  • 1 tsp Chia Seeds

How Do I Make Black Cherry Flapjacks?

Put the dried cherries in a bowl, cover with boiling water and then put to one side; the water will help plump them up and make them super juicy.

Melt the butter and maple syrup in a saucepan. Remove from the heat and stir in the activated charcoal powder and oats.

Drain the cherries making sure to keep the water and then stir the cherries into the oat mixture. If the mixture looks a bit dry add some of the reserved cherry water – I find about 2 tablespoons is perfect.

Spoon the mixture into the squares of an individual brownie tin and bake in a moderate oven for approximately 25 minutes.

Whilst the flapjacks are baking it’s time to make the cherry jam. Remove the stones from the tinned cherries – they should be soft enough for you to be able to do this by hand. Heat in a saucepan with the juice from the tin and 1 teaspoon of chia seeds. Bring to the boil and allow to simmer for about 15 minutes. Blitz with a hand blender then pour into a jar and allow to cool completely.

Once the flapjacks are cooked, leave to cool completely in the tin before removing, and spoon the cherry jam over the top to serve.

TOP TIP – You can also use the cherry jam inside the middle of the flapjacks for a fiendishly delicious surprise…Trick or Treat 🙂

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