Part of this recipe I have taken from Jamie Oliver. A few weeks ago I watched Mr Oliver on the internet making Granola Dust which is absolutely yummy with some yogurt and homemade fruit compote. It is so simple and it is really easy to make. Also it’s so much healthier than the cereal you buy in the supermarket.
My husband loves a flapjack and it’s a great way for me to get nuts into my family’s diet. This recipe is loaded with nuts, chia seeds, raw cacao powder, cacao nibs, desiccated coconut, coconut oil and dried fruit. These are all of the best foods the planet has to offer us and in my opinion we should be eating more of them.
In the past eating nuts has been associated with plenty of health benefits. Scientists now believe that eating a small portion of nuts could help lower the risk of mortality and developing chronic diseases such as respiratory disease, neurodegenerative disease, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
Raw cacao is another great ingredient in this recipe. Unlike processed dark chocolate the antioxidants are preserved in raw cacao. It has been proved that all bad things commonly attributed to non-raw chocolate bars such as cavities, weight gain and diabetes are actually caused by the dairy, sugar and other fillers added to the chocolate. The health benefits of chocolate when it is in the raw form like beans, butter, nibs or powder include weight loss, prevention of cavities and regulation of blood sugar which is beneficial for diabetes. Raw cacao also benefits the heart and the entire cardiovascular system as a whole.
As I have mentioned before in my posts I have become nuts about coconut since becoming sugar free. Coconut is great for a strong immune system. It is antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and antiparasitic. This means they kill harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. Coconut oil can help to treat some of the worst illnesses. These include influenza, giardia, lice, throat infections, urinary tract infections, tapeworms, herpes, gonorrhea, bronchitis and numerous other aliments. Coconut is a delicious and nutritious source of fibre, vitamins, minerals and amino acids. It has lots of calcium, potassium and magnesium.
My final ingredient is chia seeds. These are one of the healthiest foods on the planet. They have lots of nutrients that have important benefits for your body and brain. They are full of fibre, protein, Omega 3 fatty acids and various micronutrients. Chia seeds have very high quality protein hidden inside them. Protein in chia seeds is the most weight loss friendly macronutrient. It can dramatically reduce appetite and cravings. Chia seeds are high in protein and fibre, both of which have been shown to aid weight loss. They are high in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and protein. All of these nutrients are essential for bone health.
As you can see, these Jamie Jacks are packed full of essential nutrients the body needs for optimum health. The Granola Dust on it on is delicious and if you are wanting to take the dust away this is the perfect opportunity to do it. It’s only a few more steps from the granola and you have yourself a delicious flapjack or Jamie Jack.
- Food Processor (a must have for this recipe)
- Big bowl
- Large saucepan
- Stirring spoon
- Greaseproof paper
- Gluten free oats x 200g
- Plain mixed nuts x 200g
- Desiccated coconut x 100g
- Chia seeds x 100g
- Dried fruit x 200g (I normally use dates and apricots, yum)
- Raw cacao nibs x 4 tbsp
- Raw cacao powder x 4 tbsp
- Cinnamon x 1 tbsp
- Raisins x 200g
- Cashew nut butter x 100g
- Maple syrup x 150mls
- Coconut oil or butter x 150g
- Preheat the oven to 180º.
- Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
- Add the oats, nuts, desiccated coconut, chia seeds, dried fruit, cacao nibs, powder and cinnamon to the food processor.
- Turn it on to full power and leave for five minutes or until the mixture has turned to dust.
- Meanwhile in a large saucepan add the cashew nut butter, maple syrup and coconut oil or butter.
- Put the hob on a medium heat and melt the ingredients in the saucepan together.
- Once melted remove from the heat and leave to cool.
- Pour the food processor mixture into the large bowl and add the raisins and mix.
- Finally pour over the saucepan ingredients and stir together until they form a sticky ball.
- Place the mixture into the pre lined baking tray and put in the oven for 15 – 20 mins or until a golden brown colour.
My husband has these as a treat on a Sunday afternoon with a nice cup of tea. However, these can be enjoyed in a packed lunch or as a dessert with yogurt and fruit compote or yogurt and honey. Whatever way you eat Jamie Jacks they are yummy and we know you will enjoy them too!