Mary Flahavan’s delicious Carrot and Oatmeal cake


  • Carrot Cake

    Another Mary Flahavan signature recipe – carrot cake with a healthy twist!

    Serves 16|Takes 30


    100g Flahavan’s Oat Bran or Flahavan’s Progress Oatlets
    125g vegetable oil
    125g flour
    200g sugar
    1 tsp baking powder
    2 eggs
    200g grated carrot
    50g chopped walnuts
    1/2 tsp cinnamon
    50g butter
    125g icing sugar
    50g cream cheese
    100g Flahavan’s Jumbo Oats
    2 tbsp. sunflower oil
    50g honey
    Orange rind to decorate


    Preheat the oven to 180°C
    If using porridge oats instead of oat bran blitz in a food processor for approx. 1 minute until they are a finer texture.
    Add all the cake ingredients to the food processor and blend well.
    Pour the mixture into a 2lb loaf tin lined with parchment paper.
    Bake in the oven for 1-11/4 hours. Allow to cool on wire rack.

    For the Jumbo oats topping:
    Heat the oil and honey in a small saucepan, add the jumbo oats and mix well.
    Spread on to a baking tray, lined with parchment and bake at 150°C for approx. 15 minutes until golden brown.

    For the icing:
    Blend the butter, icing sugar and cream cheese in a food processor or mixer until smooth.
    Spread the icing over the cooled cake, sprinkle with some of the toasted jumbo oats and decorate with orange rind as desired.

Black Cherry Oatmeal Bars Recipe

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Oatmeal bars (or just oats in general) are great for boosting your energy and giving you a much-needed top up of fibre, known to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. And apart from being full of health-benefits, added with flavours of cinnamon and vanilla, these oatmeal bars make a tasty snack to eat on the go anywhere.


  • 2 sticks (226g) unsalted room temp butter
  • 2 x 2/3 cups of white sugar
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp grounded cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2/3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 big jar black cherry preserve


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350ºF / 175ºC.
  2. Grease a baking pan (I used a 20 x 20 cm / 8 x 8 in) with butter and leave to the side.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar together really well.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  5. Press half of the mixture into the bottom of the baking pan.
  6. Spread the preserves over it in an even layer.
  7. Crumble the remaining mixture, with your hands, over the raspberry preserves.
  8. Bake for 40 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.
  9. Cool completely before cutting.

If you can’t get hold of any Black Cherry preserve then it’s just as easy to make your own – if not easier as you don’t need to leave the house! All you need is pitted black cherries, sugar and lemon. Glaze the cherries with sugar and leave for a couple of hours then simmer on a low heat for 1 hour.

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