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Because it’s the weekend and we all need a bit of comfort food, here is my latest flapjack creation recipe. It’s packed with pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, goji berries, linseeds and chia seeds.

Sunflower seed, pumpkin seed, goji berry, chia seed and linseed flapjacks. Totally gluten, dairy, soya and nut free.

Sunflower seed, pumpkin seed, goji berry, chia seed and linseed flapjacks. Totally gluten, dairy, soya and nut free.

This recipe is so brilliant because it doesn’t require any creaming of sugar and fat, you simply melt the wet ingredients in a pan, then mix in your oats.

What you’ll need…

  • One large saucepan
  • One wooden spoon
  • Kitchen scales
  • Baking parchment
  • 1 x flapjack tin 30×20 cm or 12×8 inches (I used two but prefer thicker flapjacks)

Ingredients from your cupboard

  • 300g of Pure sunflower spread
  • 120g of demerara sugar
  • 2 large tablespoons of blackstrap mollasses
  • 5 cups of oats (make sure you get gluten free oats)
  • 1/2 cup of ground pumpkin and sunflower seeds with goji berries (you could substitute the whole seeds here for extra crunch)
  • Tablespoon of ground linseeds
  • 1/2 cup of chia seeds

How to make What Allergy? pumpkin, sunflower, goji berry and chia seed flapjacks

  • Pre heat your oven to 160c, 350f
  • Line your baking trays with baking parchment and grease with pure
  • First put the pure spread, sugar and mollasses into the pan and heat on a low temperature until the sugar has melted.
  • Mix with a wooden spoon until you have completely coated the oats.
  • Spead the mixture into the lined tins and press it down and into each corner.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
  • Score with a knife while it’s still hot then leave to cool.
  • And enjoy! – Cut into pieces once cool and store in an airtight container.

Chia seeds shining like little silver jewels in freefrom flapjack

Chia seeds shining like little silver jewels in freefrom flapjack

I absolutely love flapjacks and homemade ones are always so much more tasty than shop bought. You can experiment with adding dried fruit, chopped dates and prunes work really well with pumpkin seeds.

Using chia seeds is so much fun.

They start out like little tiny black seeds but when they’re cooked they become burnished and shine like little silver, grey marbled jewels.

They are also really good for you, one of those new superfoods. Shame you can’t see the properly in this photo. My bad photography.

Using blackstrap mollasses is also fantastic in flapjacks. It’s like black treacle and is also a source of calcium. 100g contains 50% of your recommended daily allowance of calcium so use it in baking, mix it into your porridge and enjoy the beneficial nutients of sugar cane.

It’s natural, unsulphured and much better than white and brown sugar.

These flapjacks are so tasty and pretty healthy as a naughty snack. They also have the added benefit for people with allergies because they are gluten, dairy, soya and nut free, but certainly not taste free.

What’s your favourite flapjack?



An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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