I do like flapjacks, they feel healthier than biscuits thanks to all those “good for you” “bursting with energy” oats and that means there’s no mammyguilt about putting them in lunchboxes.  I’ve tried loads of different recipes and a lot are hit and miss, too crumbly, too crunchy, too sweet, too “fall aparty” but these from Rachel Allen’s Food for Living are the best and most consistent I have ever made. It’s funny, I did question the inclusion of flour but I think it’s the magic ingredient in these.

They are lunchbox favourites in our house and the batch we made last Tuesday are still good (and gone this morning) so they will keep for about 5 days in an airtight container that is out of reach and sight of the kids.  For younger kids I’d cut them small as they are sweet and heavy.

Rachel Allen’s Flapjacks from Food for Living

13 oz Porridge Oats (I used Flahavans)
12 oz Butter (if you want to go dairyfree use a dairy free margarine)
2 tablespoons Golden Syrup (I’ve forgotten this before and it still works)
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
3oz Plain Flour
6oz Light or Golden Brown Sugar

Preheat the oven to 180C.  Root out your swiss roll tin, it’s probably under lots of other tins and you will knock at least three with lots of noise trying to find it.  You may utter swearwords.  While you’re at it, find the wire cooling tray as you’ll need that later.  Then find the greaseproof paper and line the tin with it.

In a large saucepan gently and slowly melt the butter, golden syrup, sugar and vanilla extract over a low heat.  When it’s melted add the flour and porridge, stir it all together and mix well, then turn it into the prepared tin and spread the mixture evenly.

Bake no higher than the middle shelf of the oven for 20-25 minutes, I usually wait to take them out until the very edges are going more brown than golden, because if they are undercooked there’s more of a risk that they will fall apart.  Cut while still warm, and let them cool on a wire rack.  Enjoy.


  1. These look delicious, I will definitely try them out!

  2. Yumm – these look and sound lovely. Always been tempted by that book!

    Emily xx

  3. I definitely need more healthy ideas for the lunchboxes, I must give these a go

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  5. I’m so glad to have read this post and that I finally found out what flapjacks are – I’ve read about them in some of my Brtitish and Irish books. Now my curiosity is satisfied! And these look delicious; think I’ll give them a try tomorrow. BTW, flapjack in the U.S. is another name for a pancake! 🙂
    -Amy at http://www.momgoeson.wordpress.com

  6. how much does this make xox

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