Flapjacks are a filling and tasty snack, for parties, camping or picnicking. And if you store them well, they’ll last for a week.
Makes: 15-24
Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 25-30 mins
Total time: 40 mins
Skill level: Bit of effort


  • 175g (6oz) butter
  • 175g (6oz) soft light brown sugar
  • 125g (4oz) golden syrup
  • 350g (12oz) rolled oats
  • 250g packet pitted dates, chopped
  • 2 level tsp ground cinnamon
  • Finely zested rind of 1 orange
  • 26 x 16.5cm (10¼ x 6½in) tray bake tin, lined with baking parchment


  1. Set oven to 180°C (gas mark 4). Place the butter, sugar and golden syrup into a pan, and put the pan over a gentle heat, stirring occasionally until the butter melts.
  2. Meanwhile, tip the oats into a bowl and stir in the dates, cinnamon and orange zest. Pour in the melted mixture and mix well.
  3. Tip the mixture out into the lined tin and press it down to level the surface. Place the tin in the centre of the oven and bake it for about 25-30 mins, or until the mixture is starting to brown at the edges.
  4. Remove the tin from the oven and leave the flapjack to cool for about 10 mins, then cut it into squares (either 3 x 5 rows or 4 x 6) – use a rounded-blade knife so that the tin isn’t damaged. Leave the flapjack to cool in the tin and once cold, remove the flapjack from the tin and separate it into individual squares. Pack in an airtight container, with baking parchment separating the layers.

Nutritional information per portion

fat 7.0g calories 170(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.