Flapjack is the English word for muesli bar, cereal bar or granola bar/ I’ve been doing some research lately about British desserts and this seems to be one of the most common and easiest to do. So here it is – a simple and quick recipe that tastes heavenly and it is also quite healthy (if you ignore the sugar and golden syrup that is :D). I fell in love with these, I have to say! And my family too! From 16 bars, 10 were gone in just a few hours. By evening time I managed to save just one to enjoy the next day with a glass of milk. That good they were!
The recipe is incredibly simple. It requires rolled oats, golden syrup (which can be replaced with honey), brown sugar and a tablespoon of treacle which is optional. And, of course, the delicious, rich butter to bring everything together. And from here, you can experiment with adding chocolate chips, dried fruits or nuts – I added coconut flakes and almond slices, but the sky is the limit to be honest, so let your creativity go wild and create the flapjack of your dream! Goji berries, cranberries, hazelnuts, macadamia or chia seeds, there is literally no strict recipe for these and I guess that’s why they are so loved!
Flapjacks – Muesli Bars
125g brown sugar
200g rolled oats
50g coconut flakes
50g almond slices
1 pinch salt
3 tablespoons golden syrup (use honey instead)
1 tablespoon treacle (optional – just for an intense taste)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Butter to grease the pan
50g white chocolate to decorate
- In a bowl, combine the oats with the coconut flakes, almond slices and salt. Set aside.
- In a saucepan, mix the butter with the sugar, golden syrup and treacle, as well as salt. Place the saucepan over low heat and cook 5 minutes until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture begins to thicken slightly. Remove it from heat and stir in the vanilla or any other flavorings you desire. Pour this mixture over the rolled oats and mix well.
- Grease a small pan (25x20cm was mine) with butter then spoon the oats mixture into the pan. Press it well with the back of your spoon and bake in the preheated oven at 350F for 20-25 minutes until it begins to turn golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and let it cool for 15 minutes then flip it over on a chopping board and cut into small squares.
- When the flapjacks are chilled, melt the white chocolate and drizzle it over the bars. Refrigerate 10 minutes to allow it to set then serve. Store the flapjacks in an airtight container up to a few days… if they last that long!