Serves a Crowd

Mom's Flapjacks

April 19, 2010
6 Ratings
  • Serves 9-20 depending on greediness
Test Kitchen Notes

Probably not the sort of flapjacks you have in mind, these are what all granola bars aspire to be. Chewy, crispy and rich with butter, these oatmeal squares (or wedges, like ours) are made with golden syrup (the British answer to maple syrup, only milder), rolled oats, and a variety of seeds (pumpkin, sesame and sunflower). Londonfoodieny's flapjacks couldn't be easier to throw together (melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup, stir in the dry ingredients, spread in a pan and bake), but the rewards are great. Because of all the butter and sugar, the edges of the flapjacks crisp to a lovely golden brown, and if you cook them properly, the centers remain slightly chewy. We used a non-stick pan -- otherwise, make sure to use parchment, or you'll be scraping out the hardened sugar for days. - A&M —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • heaped 1/3 cups golden syrup
  • 4 1/4 cups 1 minute oats
  • 1 heaping tablespoons flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 handfuls pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • scant 1/4 cups sesame seeds
  1. Heat the oven to 350F/180C/Gas 4. If you have a fan or convection oven reduce the temperature and cooking time but ideally turn the fan off. Line a 20 x 30 cm baking tin with greaseproof paper (parchment paper)
  2. In a large pan, heat together the butter, sugar and golden syrup over a gentle heat, stirring until the butter has melted. Tip in the flour, oats, salt and seeds and stir to combine.
  3. Tip your pan and spread evenly without pressing down too hard. Bake in the oven for roughly 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden (they will be slightly darker at the edges). Cut them, whilst still in the pan, straight from the oven and then leave to cool and set in the pan.

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12 Reviews

Anonymous April 28, 2017
You can also get Lyle's Gold Syrup on King Arthur. They have other recipes to use with it, too, including Pecan Pie.
fo November 9, 2015
OMG. Just made these today with some minor mods. Holy moly! Excellent! I have been wanting to make these for years.

BTW, @lululand, you can get Lyle's Golden Syrup on Amazon ;)
LULULAND July 22, 2015

lbgirl April 17, 2011
Thank you, thank you! I've always HATED maple syrup (yes, including the two years I spent living in Vermont!), and I've never been able to figure out what to substitute for it in recipes. Honey always seemed just TOO mild. For some reason, golden syrup just never occurred to me. From now on, every time a recipe calls for maple syrup, I'll just quietly substitute golden syrup. You have made me very happy!
ctgal April 16, 2011
I have some Lyle's Golden Syrup in my cabinet, bought for something else and never used. Thanks so much for giving me a use for it! Sounds delish. I might throw in some dried fruit cut up small as well. Can't wait and will let you know results.
Amy_N-B May 14, 2010
I made these last week to take on a camping/hiking trip and they were delicious! One problem though, they didn't hold together, so I ended up with more of a granola then a bar/cookie. Any thoughts on how to get them firmer?

That said, this combination also makes an awesome granola with a bit of skim milk.
NakedBeet April 30, 2010
I'm rooting for these! Congrats on the nomination.
mrslarkin April 29, 2010
These sound very yummy! Congrats, and thanks for the recipe!
cheese1227 April 29, 2010
We lived in England (Norwich) for two years and besides the beer, I miss having flapjacks as the staple treat with tea. We've got to put on an "England" presentation on Friday evening at my daughter's school and I think I will make these as the "taste of England", seeing as you can't bring beer onto school grounds, that is. Just a question, how many days in advance do you think I can make these?
thirschfeld April 29, 2010
I just saw an article on these in Bon Appetite. Your version looks way better. I will have to give it a try.
NakedBeet April 20, 2010
I can attest to how delicious these are having bought them from the Share our Strength bake sale this past Saturday. YUM!!!!
AntoniaJames April 19, 2010
What a nice mother you have!! These look so tasty. And super nutritious, too. Yummmmm. I can see making these to take on hiking, kayaking, ski, etc. trips. A few raisins or dates would be a nice touch, too . . . . Love it!! ;o)