Written by Hayley in Cakes + Treats

I absolutely love flapjacks! I have tried to convince myself that they’re a healthy snack, they contain oats right? Good for the heart! but who am I kidding the goodness of oats can’t, unfortunately, cancel out all that sugar, butter and syrup, but they can certainly be enjoyed as a special treat every now and again. This recipe is for my Mum’s fantastic flapjacks and whilst I was training for my marathon and eating like a horse, Mum would make these for me to give that all important energy boost. They’re packed with raisins, cranberries and pumpkin seeds but you can make them plain or add whatever you like to them, I like to add glazed cherries.


Makes about 12
200g butter
200g Demerara sugar
40g golden syrup
300g rolled jumbo oats
50g raisins
50g cranberries
25g pumpkin seeds
12 pecan nut halves


1. Preheat oven to 160°C. Line a traybake tin with greaseproof paper.
2. Melt the butter in a pan with the sugar and golden syrup.
3. When this has melted add in the oats.
4. Stir in the raisins, cranberries and pumpkin seeds.
5. Place mixture in the tin and flatten and put the pecan halves on top so that each flapjack with have a pecan on top.
6. Bake in oven for 35 minutes until golden.
7. Remove from oven and after 10 minutes cut into squares then allow to cool.

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