These healthy flapjacks are soft and chewy and full of dried fruit and protein-packed nuts. Made with whole oats, honey or maple syrup and baked until golden brown and chewy. These flapjacks are great for baking with kids are amazing as snacks and in lunch boxes!
These healthy flapjacks are an adaptation of my chocolate flapjacks that are so popular! Why you'll love these flapjacks! They're part of the easy baking recipes so you may find more simple treats to add to your baking list!
- They're easy to make
- Perfect for snacks and breakfast on the go
- Packed with dried fruit and nuts
- They're soft and chewy and baked to golden perfection
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A super simple ingredients list of items that you most likely already have on hand
- Rolled oats- really important to use rolled oats rather than quick-cooking oats. They're wider and flatter. Quick-cooking tends to be a little bit dusty.
- Butter- you can use margarine rather than butter. They hold the bars together.
- Brown sugar- A little bit of brown sugar brings everything together and it's less refined than white sugar.
- Golden syrup- you can use honey or maple syrup in place of the golden syrup, but it's only a couple of tablespoons in the whole mixture.
- Trail mix- Any kind of fruit and nut mix will work here. I've used the tropical mix because I love the dried banana and the coconut, but you can use dried cranberry and walnuts.
- Vanilla- completely optional, but adds a lovely hint of sweetness and compliments the tropical flavours.
Step by step directions
Step 1 & 2
- Before you start making the flapjack mix, line a square baking tin with nonstick baking paper and preheat the oven to 150ºC.
- In a medium saucepan heat the butter, brown sugar and golden syrup or honey over low heat until everything is melted and well incorporated.
Step 3 & 4
- Add the rolled oats to the pan and stir until the oats are completely coated in the butter and sugar mix. Stir in the trail mix or dried fruit and nuts.
- Pour the flapjack mixture into the pan and firmly press down into all corners. Bake in the preheated oven until the top of the oats are golden and just starting to crisp around the edges. Remove from the oven and let cool completely in the tin before slicing.
- Instead of golden syrup use honey
- Dried apricots and almonds in place of the trail mix
- Add in some cinnamon instead of the vanilla- 1 teaspoon will do it
- Q. How can you cut flapjacks without them falling apart?
- A. Let them cool completely in the tin. Even place them in the fridge overnight to set and use a clean serrated knife to cut through the squares.
- Q. How long do these flapjacks last?
- A. They'll last at least a week either at room temperature or in the fridge, but either way they should be placed in an airtight container for storage.
This is the easiest healthy flapjack recipe that you'll find. Only 6 ingredients required and about 35 minutes to make. They're a classic for having with tea or as an on-the-go breakfast or snack option. The options are truly endless when you start to play around with the ingredients, adding in maple syrup or honey and using different combinations of dried fruit and nuts.
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- 315 jumbo rolled oats
- 150g butter
- 150g light brown sugar
- 3-4 tablespoons golden syrup *see notes
- 125g trail mix
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 160ºc and line a 9x9 inch (22cm) square tin.
- Weight the butter, golden syrup and brown sugar into a saucepan. Place over medium heat until everything is melted and whisk well to make sure the butter and melted sugar all well incorporated.
- Measure the oats into a bowl and add in both packets of chocolate chips. Pour the butter syrup mixture over the oats and mix well. The warm syrup will start to melt some of the chocolate chips as you mix. This is perfect and ensures that once the flapjacks are baked every bite will have buttery oats and chocolate.
- Once the oats are completely covered in the buttery syrup (they'll all have a "wet" look to them) press into a square lined baking tin. Bake the flapjacks in a square tin lined with baking paper.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes. Remove the flapjacks from the oven and leave them to cool completely in the tin. If they're too warm when you cut them they'll break apart and won't cut into squares.
- Once completely cooled cut into 16 squares.
- There is a range in the golden syrup depending on how soft and chewy you like your flapjack. More syrup means a softer bar.
- Use honey or maple syrup in place of the golden syrup.
- Use any kind of dried fruit and nut mix instead of the trail mix.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week either in the fridge or at room temperature.
- Category: Easy Baking
- Method: oven
- Cuisine: British
Keywords: flapjack, healthy, chewy, Aldi recipe
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