I don’t know if you can beat a flapjack.  Not only because it is quick, so easy and made from things you probably have in the cupboard.  No, more in terms of what it delivers.  Sweet, chewy, toffeeish (is that a word?) and supremely satisfying.  A perfect mouthful.

My children have just been for an adventure in the woods, along with two friends, and part of the supplies taken on this expedition were flapjacks.  Just the thing on a chilly and breezy half term Wednesday.  They came back pink cheeked and jolly from their jaunt and all with room for one more piece – in the nick of time I might add as the friends’ Mother and I were slowly working our way through the rest of the tin.

I have always loved Flapjacks and homemade are infinitely better than bought.  You can customise as you please, chewy or crisp (cook a bit longer) – add raisins, seeds, nuts or chocolate chips.  In short, these are the ideal treat to whip up this half term.  Yes there are many more exotic cakes and confections that you can make if you have the time (and energy).  For me though these hit the mark exactly, quick, easy and somehow just right.

Flapjack 2


125g butter

100g demerara (or any brown) sugar

2 tablespoons golden syrup

Pinch of salt

200g oats

Preheat the oven to 150 and line a tin around 8 x 26cm with baking parchment.   Put the butter, sugar, syrup and salt into a large pan and melt gently.  Add the oats, give it all a good stir and spread in the prepared tin.  Bake for 25 minutes.  Remove from the oven and leave for 10 minutes before marking into bars.  Leave for a further 10-15 minutes before trying to separate – any sooner and then might fall apart.



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17 Responses to Flapjacks

  1. This would make a great reason to wake up early in the morning! One way to get me out of bed :)

  2. Homemade version is waaay better!

  3. Sam Taylor says:

    Around here we call that a crunchie! And a flapjack looks like a crumpet. Yay for me I love both! I haven’t made these for my kiddos for a while and they do love them. I am definitely going to try these. Thanks Anna!

    • Anna says:

      So funny, the idea of a crumpet being called a flapjack. Must have been a bad case of Chinese whispers when recipe sharing was going on!

  4. I have never tried a flapjack before but I can tell from the list of ingredients I am going to love these – golden syrup and oats…yum!

  5. I need a batch of these in my desk drawer to snack on while I read blogs – they look fantastic!

  6. So interesting…. Here in the US, a flapjack is a pancake. Your sweet chewy oat bar looks much more interesting. And I love how simple and delicious the recipe is. What a perfect snack for kids and moms alike:)

    • Anna says:

      Thanks Erin – funny how we have the same words for two things so completely different! They are a good treat for lunch boxes too.

  7. Zoe says:

    Hi Anna,

    Your flapjacks look yummy! I don’t think I can stop at one with these :p


  8. Strange how I love oats so much and have had flapjacks forever on my to-do list. I’ll take your lead with this simple recipe and finally make them! They look perfectly golden!

  9. bakingaddict says:

    You just can’t beat a good homemade flapjack and sometimes plain is best.

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