Monday, September 29, 2008
RECIPE ~ Flapjacks (Oat Snacks)
My dear friend Amish made this for me once back when we were housemates more than a decade ago, and it's stayed with me ever since! Earthy, hearty, crunchy, these granola-type treats make an excellent energy-packed snack, and it just feels right to bake these as the cooler weather approaches.
1/2 cup unsalted butter or margarine
1/3 cup demerrara sugar
1/3 cup honey, maple syrup or brown rice syrup
2 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
pinch each of salt and cinnamon
raisins and/or slivered almonds to taste (up to 1/2 cup total)
Melt the butter or margarine, sugar and honey or syrup together, stirring to prevent sticking. Take off the heat and stir in oats, salt, cinnamon, raisins and/or almonds.
Spread the mixture into an oiled cake pan or casserole dish, pushing into the corners and smoothing the top with wet fingers.
Bake at 350F for 25 minutes. As soon as they come out of the oven, cut into fingers or wedges with a sharp knife right in the pan. Let cool.
Place the separate slices or wedges on an ungreased baking sheet and pop back in the oven for 20-30 minutes at 200F to set and harden.
Makes 12 crunchy, delicious treats.
FOR INDIVIDUAL DOSHAS
Ayurveda does not recommend heating honey, as it should remain raw and unpasteurized for full health benefits. To follow ayurvedic principles, substitute with other liquid sweeteners.
VATAS because baked oats are drying, consume with a drink like hot milky chai; use almonds and brown rice syrup
PITTAS because baked oats are heating, consume with a drink like cool peppermint tea or soy milk; use raisins and maple syrup
KAPHAS because of the butter and sweetness, consume in moderation; use raisins and brown rice syrup