Do you love a good flapjack? I’m sure you do. You wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t a big fan of flapjacks. Thankfully, we are too. If you’ve got kids, getting them to eat anything is a challenge in and of itself. For some reason kids want to eat at random points during the day that do not coincide with the structured schedule that we give ourselves. 


To wrangle those kids up, when we want them to, for a delicious meal, here are some flapjack recipes that I have their mouthwatering.


The Classic British Flapjack

The classic British flapjack recipe is a simple dish riddled with debate. “Is it okay to use brown sugar? What about Muscovado? Golden syrup or maple syrup?” Lastly, and quite possibly the most heated argument and all the cooking: “crispy or chewy?“ Of course, it is all a preference (although chewy flapjacks are definitely superior in every single way, no question). There are a million ways to make a flapjack, depending on your personal tastes. You can find tips and methods all over the Internet. But here is the basic set up that you’re gonna find in most recipes.

  • Preheat the oven to 190°C
  • Get a 8 in square baking pan and butter it up.
  • While the oven is preheating, get a pot with a good thick bottom and melt 10 tablespoons of butter. At this point do you want the heat to be low so as not to burn the butter. The thick bottom of the pan should also help with that.
  • Next tossing 2/3 of a cup  of brown sugar into the butter. Stir until you get a liquid, syrupy texture. Again, keep the fire low, you’re not making taffy.
  • Add in 1/4 cup of golden syrup or pure maple syrup.
  • Add 2 cups of rolled or old fashioned oats and coat all of them in the syrupy mixture. 
  • Once coated, spread your oats evenly over the 8 inch square pan.
  • Pop it in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown.
  • When you’re done top it off with a bit more syrup or your favorite drive fruits.


This classic recipe yields a fairly sweet, and medium – chewy consistency. If you want it crispier, turn the heat higher, use a shallow baking pan, and leave it in the oven for longer.

Vegan Flapjack 

If you are on a vegan diet, or you have certain restrictions towards dairy, you can always work around it with some simple substitutions. For instance, instead of butter, you can use a vegan non-dairy spread. Most non-dairy spreads are made out of whipped olive oil, added omega-3’s, and other textured oils that are 100% plant-based and made specifically for the conscious consumer. This is going to alter how you cook it slightly. But not enough to completely change the basic formulation of a classic flapjack.


  • Preheat oven to 140°C and line a baking pan with some baking parchment. Get a dab of vegan spread, and spread it around the pan and the parchment.
  • Melt 10 tablespoons of vegan spread in a thick bottom pan on low heat.
  • Add in 10 tablespoons of light brown sugar to the mixture
  • Stir in 1/4 cup of pure maple syrup or golden syrup. Stir under low heat until you have a liquid consistency.
  • Turn off the heat, and add 2 cups of oats. Mix until yields are evenly coated with the sweet mixture. Add in whatever dried fruits and nuts you want.
  • Evenly spread the oats onto the pan, and pop it into the preheated oven for about 30 to 35 minutes. This is going to yield a crispier flapjack, which is more advantageous for the vegan ingredients involved.

Have Fun With It! 

For a fun addition on the classic British or vegan recipe, you can add pretty much any sort of flavoring to the syrup or any sort of dried fruit. For instance, you could take the classic British recipe and add 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice, and zest an entire lemon into that low heat mixture. This will give it a wonderfully refreshing lemonade twist. This pair is perfect with the white chocolate syrup, or even a bit of whip cream on top. Or, you can toss in some peanut butter


When it comes to flapjacks, they are easy and fun to make. You can even get your kids to make them with you. With this delicious dish idea, you’ll have no problems getting your kids at the table with a giant smile on their faces.

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