Date flapjack: epic deliciousness with a hint of healthy

We all know a mountain-gal marches on her belly.

To start, I hate eating junk food. Going into the supermarket for some high energy mountain food invariably ends with a basket full of trash snacks.

The ideal mountain foods are reasonably high calorie, have a bit of nutritiousness (totally a word) thrown in, are easy to eat on the move and have epic deliciousness (definitely a word). That combination doesn’t seem to pop up in many supermarket-bought bars, they are usually so sweet and sickly you go home with itchy teeth.

I have made it a bit of a mission to come up with yummies I could make myself from good quality ingredients that would keep me healthy and happy when I’m out all day in the pouring rain. Hence I began to create and collect these Happy Hill Snacks recipes. Without further ado, allow me to share with you one of my favourite hill snack recipes; Date Flap Jacks.

What ingredients do ya need?

250 grams of butter
200 grams of dried dates (nature’s energy gels)
250 grams of oats
100 grams of honey
100 grams of nuts, seeds, raisins, chocolate drops or whatever else that tickles your personal pickle


How do ya cook it?

  1. Get that oven heating up: 180 celsius.
  2. Those dates need to be squishy. Boil the absolute shit out of them for about 10 minutes. Drain, leave to cool and then chop them into a gooey, sweet, sticky, delicious mush.
  3. Melt the butter on the stove and mix the honey in.
  4. Add the date mush.
  5. Add the oats and seeds and mix some more.
  6. Grease a muffin tray and stick a dollop of mix in each. Pat them down well so it all sticks together and tuck the edges in with a spoon so they don’t get too crumbly.
  7. Bake for 30 – 40 minutes.
  8. Ta-da!
  9. Cool them off then stick ‘em in your tucker bag. Enjoy!

First Note: these also freeze really well so you can make mad batches and restock your backpack supply as you go. Winner!

Second Note: I traded four of these bad boys for an evenings kayaking. They are so good they  basically currency. Just saying.