Wild and Fruity

Remember the No Bake Blueberry Flapjacks?  Well, I didn’t have any blueberries so I decided to improvise with something wild – the blackberries are ready!

blackberries

so many blackberries

So many blackberries and we only needed a few so we left plenty for others 🙂

butterfly

And we saw plenty of others enjoying them.

ouch

I did sustain a nasty bramble injury – ouch!

picked

But we got what we needed 😉

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No-Bake Sugar-Free Apple and Blackberry Flapjacks

You’ll need:

chopped apple

4 small apples, peeled and chopped.

washed blackberries

Washed, freshly-picked blackberries

soaked pitted dates

Fresh dates, pitted and soaked for 1 hour.

I didn’t measure how many blackberries I had but you can tell from how they look on the plate (it’s a small sandwich plate).  The dates weighed 200g before they were pitted and soaked.

all the fruit

blackberries and apples in first

Put the apples and blackberries into your food processor together and whiz for a few seconds until well blended.

then add dates

Then add the dates and thoroughly blend it all together.

transfer to bowl

Transfer the delicious jammy mixture into a bowl – then lick the spoon – mm mmm 😉

add oats

Mix in enough rolled oats to make a stiff mixture

put mixture in tin

and then transfer to a square tin.  Flatten down so that it’s smooth and even.  Put in fridge.

melt chocolate

Get some lovely vegan organic fair trade chocolate.

Melt it.

Cover your flapjacks.

Put them back into the fridge to set.  Done!

finished 1

finished 2

finished 3

finished 4

These are good!  And just so you know what that means coming from me I’ll be honest and say that I don’t normally like blackberries.  I so want to like all berries – I love the look and smell of all of them, I love picking them, but blueberries are the only berries I like the taste of.  I have previously not even been able to enjoy apple and blackberry pie or crumble with sugar on.  Just don’t like ’em.

Until now.  These flapjacks are yum.  Wholesome, beautiful, wild fruit and I love ’em.

This is quite a momentous occasion for me.  I hope you like them too 🙂

33 thoughts on “Wild and Fruity

  1. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    We used to go blackberry picking in hedgerows from early childhood. My father used to take over the cooking at the weekend and his all time favourite was steamed suet puddings. Jam, treacle and blackberry and apple were just three of his specialities. He made thick custard to go with the puddings until he discovered ice-cream tasted great too. No wonder we all grew up with a sweet tooth. He loved his desserts and whenever I see a laden trolley in a restaurant my first thought is always – Daddy would have loved that! Without the highly fattening suet pudding…. blackberry and apple in a jelly or with yoghurt is wonderful. Making myself hungry now – thanks Violet…

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  2. Tasty-looking flapjacks! I do agree with you – wild blackberries on their own aren’t something that I am partial to either. To eat straight from the bushes, I prefer raspberries myself 🙂 … but we do cook all kinds of things with blackberries and apples.

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