The Best Flapjack Recipe in the Whole Wide World. Ever. Quite a claim huh? Well, all I can say is give this recipe a go and see what you think, I’m pretty sure you’re not going to be disappointed ;)
What makes this the best flapjack recipe ever?
Well, I take my flapjacks very seriously. I have spent the past 6 years or so trying every flapjack recipe I stumbled upon with very varied results.
Either too dry, too plain, too sweet, too crumbly, too dull, too greasy, too sticky (never thought that would be a problem as I love ’em gooey).
Anyway, I’m rambling.
The search is over.
This is the one.
This is the best flapjack recipe in the whole wide world. Ever. Fact.
The Best Flapjack Recipe in the Whole Wide World – Ever!
It may be the best flapjack recipe, but are flapjacks good for you?
OK, so ‘healthy flapjacks’ may not be the first description which comes to mind for the flapjacks made using this ‘best flapjack recipe in the whole wide world ever’, however as an occasional treat they are damn delicious!
Flapjacks in general are a high energy food, and are perfect for taking camping or hiking.
I particularly think that flapjacks make for a fantastic snack for cyclists too, given their high energy content. Take a flapjack or two for your next outdoor-sports adventure!
There is also a question as to whether dried fruit is good for you. Having done a little bit of research into this area myself, this article suggests that unsweetened, dried fruit does indeed pack a big nutritional punch.
The article states that dried fruits can provide a source of fibre, antioxidants and the B vitamin folate.
Can you use honey in place of golden syrup?
Absolutely you can make flapjacks with honey! If you can’t find Golden Syrup in your corner of the world, do feel free to substitute it with the same amount of honey instead.
When using honey, you will still get a deliciously sweet bake. But it will taste slightly more ‘wholesome’ than when you use Golden Syrup.
How to Make Date Flapjacks, Step by Step
1/ Chop the dates into small pieces. Pop them into a small saucepan along with the water or orange juice. Put the lid on the pan, and gently heat them for around 5 minutes, until they are *really soft and form a loose, squishy paste.
*Add more water/juice as they cook if they start to look dry in the pan. Do not boil or let them burn.
2/ In a large saucepan, place the butter, Golden Syrup (or honey) and sugar. Gently heat and stir together until the butter has melted, and the sugar dissolved.
Take off the heat and stir in the oats and mixed spice, combining thoroughly.
3/ To assemble the flapjacks, tip half of the oat mixture into a lined 8inch x 8inch baking tin. Spread it out across the tin evenly, then press it down all over firmly with the back of a spoon.
Next, tip the date mixture on, and again, smooth that out into an even layer with the back of a spoon.
Finally, add the remainder of the oat mix. Spread it out, and firm down again. The firmer you are at this stage, the more your flapjacks will hold together once cooked. So get pressing!
4/ This step is entirely optional, but tasty all the same: try sprinkling a tablespoon of demerara sugar over the top of the flapjacks and pressing down lightly with the back of the spoon. It will give you a lovely crunchy top (whilst also adding extra calories to the final bake – only you can decide if that crunch is worth it!)
Please note, as this step is optional the calories are not included in the nutritional breakdown below.
5/ Bake as per the recipe below, then let cool in the pan. Cut into 16 squares (or more/less to suit you) and place into an *airtight tin.
*They will stay safe and tasty for around 5 days. Although good luck trying to get them to last that long!
Need more Lunch Box Inspiration?
Sometimes only a sweet treat will do! If you’ve made these date flapjacks using this best flapjack recipe (ever), congratulations! The prize is that delicious end result! If you love them as much as we do, why not give some of my other favourite bakes a go to?
If you have any leftover dates, you may also like to try my date and dark chocolate muffins a go too.
If you fall head over heels with these little beauties as much as I have, please be sure to share a pic with me on social media.
Alternatively, please leave a comment below letting me know what you and your family think of my date flapjack recipe!
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- 250 g dried dates destoned & chopped
- splash of water or orange juice
- 175 g butter
- 75 g sugar
- 3 tbsp Golden Syrup or honey
- 350 g oats
- 1.5 tsp mixed spice
Preheat the oven to 190c/170 fan/375f or gas 5.
Line an 8 inch by 8 inch baking tin with baking paper.
Heat the dates and water/juice gently (lid on) for 5 minutes until soft enough to mash with the back of a fork.
In a large pan, melt together the butter, sugar and golden syrup.
Tip in the oats and mixed spice and mix until the oats are evenly coated.
Put half of the oaty mixture into the baking tin and firm down with the back of a spoon.
Scrape on the date mix and squash that flat too.
Finally top with the remaining oats and firm down well.
Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Cut into pieces before tipping out onto a cooling rack and letting cool fully.
This was a hard day in the office ;)