Easy-peasy Posh Flapjacks

29 Oct

There’s something so homely and wholesome about flapjacks. They’re perfect for a rainy afternoon, they even smell warm, and it’s easy to be convinced that they’re really rather healthy. All those oats and good nutritious things in them – we’ll just keep quiet about the butter and the sugar and the syrup, ok?

Like many of my favourite recipes this one has evolved from several others and I think I’ve finally cracked the combination of wet to dry ingredients. I don’t like my flapjacks too dry or crumbly, I prefer them with a  moist stickiness. And I adore the fact that I can make them with the bare minimum of fuss and washing up. The mark of a great recipe 🙂


260 g butter
120 g golden syrup
100g dark brown sugar
250g porridge oats
40 g pistachio nuts
60 g dessicated coconut
60 g sultanas (or cranberries)


Grease and line a 30cm long tin, the sort you’d use for  brownies. Preheat the oven to 190C.

Place the butter and the syrup in a large bowl and melt them together in the microwave.

Place all the dry ingredients in another large bowl and mix them together really well with your hands. This helps to break down the lumps in the sugar and also, it’s fun.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir together until beautifully combined.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin, smooth the top, and bake for 25 minutes. It will still feel soft when you take it out of the oven but will firm up as it cools.

Leave it to cool on a wire rack. After about ten minutes, while it’s still in the tin, cut into squares, but leave until completely cool before removing.

If the addition of pistachios isn’t posh enough for you, you can drizzle over some melted chocolate, which takes it to a whole new dimension of yumminess.


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