Homemade flapjacks and Exeter Food and Drink Festival 2015

Hi everyone,

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. The last couple of weeks have been pretty hectic with preparations for the Exeter Food and Drink Festival 2015.

This was my first time trading at this event and of the back of what was a very successful Plymouth Flavour Fest, I was hoping for the same. The event is hosted my the chef Micheal Caines and I was lucky enough to have my picture taken with him as he spent some time walking around the festival and saying hello to all of the traders.

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The weekend was full local traders and there was lots of great producers on show. I was outside next to two very kind and friendly Italian food stalls, one serving fresh trout and the other serving some lovely Italian dishes. Both of them as are all the other producers I meet were very friendly and all so welcoming. Makes these events so much fun to do when you get to share your thoughts and experiences with other traders like yourself.

Despite the weather, I was very busy on the weekend with the Friday being a little quieter than I would of wanted but I did feel that the event was a success. Especially as our new beetroot burger went down so well with all of my customers. So I am looking forward to offering this as a serving again at the many other events I have lined up for the summer.


Homemade Flapjacks

Before I was busy with the food festival I managed to work on a few other recipes that I feel can help you all eat cleaner and cheaper.

Every time I go shopping now and I see items that interest me I always think, I could make that at home cheaper and healthier than that. So I have decided to slowly work through many of my loved dishes to show you how easy it is to make them cheaper, healthier and most of all tastier!!

This recipe happened when I fancied a snack one afternoon after going shopping. So while shopping in Asda I came across these  seed stacked original flapjacks.

IMG_1765[1]Now these were 75 pence for a small 50 g bar and after enjoying it I thought this was pretty expensive for such a small bar. So I decided to take it on myself and recreate my own seed stack flapjack at home.





Veggie Yum’s Seed Stacked Flapjacks (makes 12 bars)


  • 100 grams sesame seeds (85 p)*
  • 100 grams pumpkin seeds (85 p)*
  • 100 grams cold-milled flax seeds (£5.80 / £1.36 per 100 g)*
  • 100 grams porridge oats (.75 p / 0.07 p per 100 g)*
  • 150 grams of honey/ maple syrup (99 p / 43 p per 150 g)*

Total cost = £3.56 which is 0.29 pence per bar. *Price correct from Tesco on 05/05/2015.


Preheat the  oven to 180 C.

Put all ingredients into a blender and mix well. You can also mix by hand in a bowl if you haven’t got a blender. As the mixtures binds add a little water to bind any loose ends and so that the mixture is easily spreadable.

Place some grease proof paper onto a baking dishes (size 8×4 inches) and spread the mixture evenly.

Place into the oven and cook for 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown without burning.

Leave to cool and cut into 12 2 inch wide bars and enjoy!

These are a great snack, they keep very well at room temperature for a least a week and serve as a very cheap and healthy snack when on the go!IMG_1766[1]



Nutritional information (Per Bar)

  • Calories kcal = 212
  • Fat (g) = 13.4
  • Saturated Fat (g) = 1.9
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g) = 4
  • Mono saturated Fat (g) = 3.6
  • Fiber (g) = 3.6
  • Carbohydrates (g) = 16
  • Sugars (g) = 10.3 (2.5 teaspoons)
  • Protein (g) = 6.9
  • Iron (g) = 8.9


Hope you all enjoyed this post and don’t forget to share. Plus if you have any questions about anything health and fitness related then I would love to hear from you!!

Till next time!

Neil x