400gapples - (I use Bramley cooking apples). If you have eating apples see text above. Peeled, cored and sliced into small pieces
50graisins - (you could use cranberries or other dried fruit of choice)
10gHoney - or maple syrup if vegan
Place the dried, pitted dates into the bowl of a food processor and add the 100ml boiling water. Leave to soak for around 5 minutes while you gather the other ingredients and prepare the apples
Peel and core the apples then slice them into small pieces and place them in a small saucepan along with the water. Cook with the lid on, over a medium/high heat for 5-10 minutes until they form a thick paste.
Meanwhile, once the dates have been soaking for around 5 minutes add the honey (or maple syrup) and softened butter (or coconut oil).
Switch the food processor on and blitz until a smooth paste forms
Add the flour and blitz once more until combined before adding the oats and stirring them gently through. Depending on your machine you may want to do this by tipping the date and flour mixture into a separate bowl then adding the oats.
Once cooked, add the raisins or other fruit to the apple mixture along with the cinnamon, stir well and set aside
Now tip 2/3 of the flapjack mixture into the bottom of your baking tin (if it's non-stick you shouldn't need to grease it but you can rub a little butter or oil around the bottom and sides if you're not sure) and press firmly and evenly into the tin
Top with the apple mixture and then, using your fingers, scatter chunks loosely over the top of the apple mix and gently press down.
Place in a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees C/ 180 degree fan/ 392 F/ Gas Mark 6 and bake for around 25 minutes