Healthy living How to make Flapjacks

Their ease of preparation means that flapjacks were probably the first thing that you ever baked, but have you tried baking them again?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary the word ‘flapjack’ has been around since the early 16th century and is even referred to in one of Shakespeare’s plays*. The basic flapjack recipe probably hasn’t changed much since those times.

How to make flapjacks

To make flapjacks you need 4 ingredients.

  • Butter – either salted or non-salted
  • Brown sugar
  • Golden syrup – or maple syrup
  • Quaker Oats

The process is super simple:

Firstly, melt the butter, sugar, and golden syrup in a saucepan. Then mix in the Quaker Oats. This mixture is spread onto a lined baking sheet (important to prevent sticking) according to desired thickness, shape into a rectangle or square, and pat it down with a spatula or similar. Bake, let it cool and then slice into rectangles or desired shapes.

Thick or thin?

Thickness is a matter of personal preference. Make them thicker if you prefer them chewy, make them thinner if you prefer them crunchy or leave the thick ones in the oven for a bit longer.

Mix things up

Now that you have once again mastered the art of flapjack making you might want to try adding a few new ingredients. Bananas go well with most deserts and so does peanut butter, so why not combine the two? Those of you with a taste preference towards berries, might choose a Blackberry Flapjack Bites recipe.

*Shakespeare - Pericles, Prince of Tyre, Act II Scene I
"Come, thou shant go home, and we'll have flesh for holidays, fish for fasting-days, and moreo'er puddings and flap-jacks, and thou shalt be welcome."

Daily intake of 3g of beta-glucan from oats. Oats beta-glucan has been shown to lower/ reduce blood cholesterol. High cholesterol is a risk factor in the development of coronary heart disease.