Traditional Fruit and Nut Flapjack

Fruity flapjacks


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  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: 12 pancakes

Traditional flapjack is one of the quickest, easiest and importantly cheap baked goods to make. This is a variation of a traditional flapjack recipe, and delicious as it is and there are even more variations.

This lovely recipe is not unlike the traditional one but is stacked with fruits, nuts and seeds making it even more healthy (if you ignore the golden syrup...) as traditional flapjacks are made mainly from oats which are full of iron, zinc and vitamin B, so you can eat them without too, too much guilt.

See below for some of the variations you can also make, so there is no need to be ever bored with these lunch box treats. 


  • 1/3 cup golden syrup (or corn syrup)
  • 2 sticks/200 g. butter
  • 12 oz./340 g. porridge oats
  • 2 tbsp. chopped mixed nuts
  • 2 tbsp. of mixed seeds (such as pumpkin and/or sunflower)
  • 2 tbsp. raisins

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F / 180 C / Gas 4.

  2. Butter a 9"x 13"/23cm x 33cm Swiss roll tin and line the base with baking parchment.

  3. Place the syrup and butter into a large saucepan and heat gently until the butter has melted into the syrup and stir well.

  4. Put the oats, nuts, ​and fruit into a roomy baking bowl, add a pinch of salt then pour over the butter and syrup mixture and stir to coat the oats.

  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and spread evenly to fill the tin making sure the surface is even.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven while the flapjack is still slightly soft, they will harden once cool.

  7. Place the tin on a wire cooling rack and cut the flapjack into squares and leave in the tin until completely cold. The flapjack keeps well stored in an airtight tin.

Alternatives to Traditional Flapjacks

The method of making these alternative flapjack recipes if the same as above just vary the quantities and ingredients as follows.
Coconut Flapjack - use 14 oz./400 g. of oats and 2 oz./55 g. of desiccated coconut.
Apricot and Honey Flapjack - a healthier recipe than the traditional flapjack. Make using 3 1/2 oz./100 g. butter with 3 oz./85 g. soft brown sugar and 3 tbsp. honey, 12 oz./350 g. oats mixed with 3 ½ oz./100 g. dried apricots, finely chopped and 1 small banana, mashed.

Try the super-delicious marmalade flapjack which is made just the same as above but with a lovely dollop of tangy, slightly bitter orange marmalade. 

Seriously, you are only restricted by your imagination when it comes to making flapjack, if you like it, then it will work.