cheese and Chive flapjacks

If I remember correctly, in the US, if you spoke about flapjacks you’d be referring to pancakes. In the UK, however, you’d generally be referring to golden syrup (light amber coloured molasses), mixed with oats and butter and baked. It’s a very well-loved treat here so I was going a bit left field with this savoury version which I found on the BBC good food website but it was a revelation. Unfortunately, as I discovered it only keeps for a couple of days so it’s best making to share.

Serves 16

Ingredients

  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 250g porridge oats
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 100g mature cheddar cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 10g chives
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp golden linseeds

Method

1.) Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C (180 degrees C fan oven)

2.) Peel and grate the carrots

3.) Melt the butter in a large pan then add the oats, chia seeds and carrots

3.) Grate the cheese

4.) Chop the chives finely

5.) Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl

6.) Add the oat mixture, the cheese, chives and the seeds to the bowl and give it a stir

7.) Spray a 20 x 20cm baking tin with oil and tip in the oats

8.) Spread out the mixture and press down so it covers the tin evenly

9.) Bake for 25 – 30 minutes until golden

10.) Leave to cool and cut into slices to serve.