When it’s raining outside & my to-do list has become nothing short of epic, I like to ignore the world and spend an afternoon skiving off and testing a recipe I’ve earmarked from one of my favourite food blogs.  This one is inspired by the brilliant “The First Mess”, although I have left out the Chai seeds because the little buggers get stuck in your teeth and swapped vanilla for Cinnamon because, well, I just like it more.

These bars have the taste of a salted caramel Flapjack, but without being loaded with sugar and fat.  You’re welcome …



3 cups of oats

1 tsp salt

1 cup Sunflower Seeds

1/3 cup Sesame Seeds

1/3 cup Cacao Nibs

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2/3 cup Tahini

2/3 cup Rice Syrup or Honey

1/3 cup Maple Syrup

1 Tbs Olive Oil

1 tsp Cinnamon

Several squares of good dark Chocolate to drizzle


1.Oil an 8×12 inch tray, and set oven to Gas 6

2.Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl & combine to mix together evenly. Put aside

3. In a saucepan on a low heat combine Tahini, syrups, oil & cinnamon.  Heat until the mixture is more fluid but don’t bring to the boil

4.Pour the tahini & syrup mixture over the oats & seeds and mix well.  It gets quite solid quite quickly as the Tahini cools, so don’t wander off mid stir …

5. Tip into the prepared tray & press down.

6.Bake until the sides are golden – about 25mins.  Cool in the pan completely before slicing & drizzling with dark chocolate

7. Put in an airtight tin, and try not to eat them all in one sitting….

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