British flapjacks are a far cry from what Americans might picture as a pancake-like flapjack. British flapjacks are oat-based squares that are sweet and buttery. These flapjacks have a crunchy and sticky exterior with a chewy bite. In the U.K., British flapjacks are a treasured tradition that they enjoy with a cup of tea or packed for a picnic. While these flapjacks are an occasional treat, the oats are a gluten-free whole grain with loads of soluble fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Ingredients You'll Need for this Recipe
- 2 ½ cups quick oats
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup honey or golden syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
How to Make British Flapjacks
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place the unsalted butter, brown sugar, honey, vanilla extract, and salt in a pan. Melt the ingredients over medium heat and stir to combine.
- Add the quick oats and mix everything together.
- Transfer the mixture to a baking tray or sheet pan lined with parchment paper.
- Using the silicon spatula, spread the mixture across the entire pan, making sure it is flat and even.
- Cook in the preheated oven for 35 minutes until it becomes golden brown. Keep in mind that the edges will become darker brown.
- Allow the flapjacks to cool before cutting them into square or rectangular pieces.
How to Serve British Flapjacks
It is best to serve British flapjacks at room temperature. You can enjoy them on their own or with a cup of tea, following British tradition. For a touch of extra sweetness, drizzle the top with a little honey or golden syrup. If you're feeling adventurous, melt some dark chocolate, dip one side of the flapjack into it, then let it cool and harden for a chocolate-covered treat. You can even sprinkle some flaked coconut or chopped nuts on the chocolate before it sets for added flavor and texture.
Tips & Variations for this Dish
To make the best British flapjacks, try these tips and variation ideas:
- Avoid overbaking the flapjacks to ensure a chewy texture. Remove them from the oven when they are golden brown and still a bit soft in the middle. They'll firm up as they cool.
- Allow the flapjacks to cool before you eat them or they will crumble.
- Make the traditional recipe with golden syrup. You can make it at home or find it in some specialty stores.
- Consider adding spices like cinnamon or nutmeg to the mixture.
- Coat or dip your cooled flapjacks in melted dark, milk, or white chocolate.
- Add a scoop of your favorite protein powder to the mixture before baking for a post-workout snack.
- Mix in dried fruits, chocolate chips, granola, seeds, or nuts before baking for extra flavor and variety.
- Add lemon or orange zest to the mixture for a fruity flapjack.
How to Store Leftovers
You can store British flapjacks in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. If you want to extend their shelf life, you can refrigerate them for longer. To serve, just let them come back to room temperature. Freezing is also an option. Wrap individual flapjacks in plastic wrap then put them into a freezer-safe bag in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw them overnight in the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature before serving.
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Deliciously crispy and chewy British flapjacks, sweet and filled with butter flavor. A delicious breakfast on the go, or an addition to any tea party.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: 9 servings 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: British
2 ½ cups quick oats
½ cup unsalted butter
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup honey or golden syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt
In a pan on medium heat, add the butter, sugar, honey, and vanilla extract and melt it and combine.
Add the quick oats into the pan and mix everything, or mix it in a bowl.
Transfer the mixture to a baking tray that has been prepared with oven paper.
With the silicon spatula, distribute evenly the mixture making sure it's completely flat.
Cook in the oven (preheated) at 350 F for 35 minutes until it gets golden brown. (The edges will be darker)
Let cool down before cutting in.
Cut into square or rectangular pieces.
Store in a plastic container in a cold place.
The traditional recipe calls for golden syrup, which is a type of syrup made out of sugar and can be bought in some specialty stores or done at home. However, you can also use honey as a substitute with equally delicious results.
These flapjacks have a crunchy and a bit sticky exterior with a chewy bite. They are best eaten not hot, so be patient (otherwise they crumble very easily)
They are good kept out of the fridge in a sealed plastic container for up to 4 days (probably more, but it’s very difficult to know since they literally disappear)