Date and orange flapjacks

Full of fruit and a great boost of energy, these date and orange flapjacks will come in really handy over the festive period if you have lots of fruit to use up.
Makes: 15
Prep time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 50 mins
Total time: 1 hr 10 mins
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs: Mid-price




    • 250g (8oz) butter


    • 250g (8oz) light soft brown sugar


    • 150g (5oz) golden syrup


    • 1 level tbsp ground cinnamon


    • Finely zested rind of 1 orange


    • 500g (1lb) rolled oats


    • 250g (8oz) dates, chopped


You will also need:

    • 18 x 28cm (7 x 11in) traybake tin, lined with baking parchment






    1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4.


    1. Cut the butter into cubes and place it in a pan, along with the sugar and golden syrup. Place the pan over a low heat and stir until the butter and sugar have both melted. Stir in the cinnamon and orange rind.


    1. Tip the oats into a bowl and stir in the dates. Pour the melted butter mixture into the oats and mix well. Tip this mixture into the lined tin and level it out and press it down well.


    1. Bake the flapjack in the centre of the oven for 40-50 mins, until it’s starting to turn a darker colour around the edges.


    1. Remove the tin from the oven and mark the flapjack into 15 squares, cutting in 3 lengthways and then into 5 widthways. Leave to cool in the tin.


    1. When cold, use the lining paper to lift the flapjack out of the tin and then cut or break along the marked lines. The cooled flapjack can be wrapped in a freezer bag and frozen for up to 1 month. Allow it to defrost thoroughly before separating it into fingers.



Nutritional information per portion



fat 18.0g saturates 2.4g calories 369(kcal)


This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.