• Servings : 10
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 10m
  • Ready In : 20m

I was meandering past a cafe earlier in the week when a big gleaming florentine caught my eye. I don’t usually go for them, but my sweet tooth is out of control at the moment. Harry was tugging at my arm wanting in on the action, but I wasn’t sure. So I thought I’d have a crack at making them, I have been experimenting over the past few days and come up with the healthiest-yet-still-edible version I can.

These would be a great healthy snack for a party, or a school lunchbox surprise.

Nutrition note:  while still a sweet treat, these homemade florentines are a healthier alternative to many of the store bought/cafe varieties. Substitute organic maple syrup for the skim condensed milk if you wish.

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  • 1 cup cornflakes (gluten free, low salt)
  • 1 tbsp flour (gluten free plain)
  • ¾ cup mixed dried fruit, finely chopped (I used dates, raisins, gojis)
  • 3 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 3 tbsp raw honey
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup (or skim condensed milk)
  • 2 tbsp flaked almonds (optional)
  • 50g dark *chocolate, or carob (optional)
  • *Use dairy free chocolate/carob if required for allergies/intolerance's


Step 1

Pre-heat the oven to 180°C. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Use the back of a spoon to slightly crush the cornflakes. -

Step 2

Dollop tablespoons full of mixture onto a tray lined with baking paper. Flatten with the back of a spoon. Bake in the oven for 7 - 10 minutes (watch them as they will burn if left any longer). Once golden, remove from the oven to cool.  -

Step 3

In the meantime melt the chocolate or carob in a heatproof bowl over boiling water. Pour the chocolate into a piping bag or just use a glad bag and snip the corner. Drizzle the chocolate over each florentine.  -

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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Mandy on April 14, 2014

    How long would these last once made (if we don’t eat them all first?)

    • posted by Jess on April 18, 2014

      Hi Mandy, I would think up to a week if stored in an airtight container. Jx


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