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A Quick And Easy Flapjack Recipe

Updated on March 16, 2012

Nutritious Nibbles....

Chewy oat and coconut flapjacks.....
Chewy oat and coconut flapjacks..... | Source

Slightly Chewy Oat And Coconut Flapjacks....They're Nutricious too!!

Flapjacks are an excellent way of getting some goodness into our children, without our children putting up a fight. If something tastes nice and sweet, then a child is more inclined to eat it and that probably applies to a lot of us adults too!!

  • These flapjacks contain plenty of oats. Did you know that oats are a wholegrain and high in fibre? We probably don't eat enough wholegrain foods on a daily basis, we should be eating around 50gr a day, so these flapjacks are a tasty way of boosting our intake of wholegrain. Wholegrain foods are very beneficial to our health, they help to keep our immune systems in tip top condition and are excellent at protecting us from heart disease and many other ailments. They are high in antioxidants, B vitamins and fibre among many other vitamins and minerals, all good stuff!!
  • They also contain loads of honey. Honey is full of natural sugars making it ideal for when we need an energy boost, it is also high in antioxidants that help to protect our bodies from nasty diseases.
  • A handful of dessicated coconut adds even more goodness, coconut oil although it is high in calories is one of the healthiest oils to consume, it is good for the heart and helps to keep our immune and digestive systems working smoothly. The coconut is also what gives these flapjacks their slightly chew texture.

Step by step guide to oat and coconut flapjacks

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1. Gently melt the butter or margarine....2. Weigh the sugar and measure the honey....3. Dissolve the soft brown sugar and honey in the butter or margarine....4.  Weigh the oats and coconut in a bowl....5. Add the melted butter or margarine, sugar and honey to the oats and coconut....6. Combine all the ingredients together....7. Your lined baking tin....8. press the mixture down firmly into the baking tin....9. The flapjacks are a golden brown when cooked....10. Your slightly chewy oat and coconut flapjacks are now ready to eat....
1. Gently melt the butter or margarine....
1. Gently melt the butter or margarine.... | Source
2. Weigh the sugar and measure the honey....
2. Weigh the sugar and measure the honey.... | Source
3. Dissolve the soft brown sugar and honey in the butter or margarine....
3. Dissolve the soft brown sugar and honey in the butter or margarine.... | Source
4.  Weigh the oats and coconut in a bowl....
4. Weigh the oats and coconut in a bowl.... | Source
5. Add the melted butter or margarine, sugar and honey to the oats and coconut....
5. Add the melted butter or margarine, sugar and honey to the oats and coconut.... | Source
6. Combine all the ingredients together....
6. Combine all the ingredients together.... | Source
7. Your lined baking tin....
7. Your lined baking tin.... | Source
8. press the mixture down firmly into the baking tin....
8. press the mixture down firmly into the baking tin.... | Source
9. The flapjacks are a golden brown when cooked....
9. The flapjacks are a golden brown when cooked.... | Source
10. Your slightly chewy oat and coconut flapjacks are now ready to eat....
10. Your slightly chewy oat and coconut flapjacks are now ready to eat.... | Source

To Make Slightly Chewy Oat And Coconut Flapjacks....

You will need:

125gr butter or margarine

50gr light brown soft sugar

3 good tablespoons of honey

250gr rolled oats

100gr dessicated coconut

* You could also add chopped hazelnuts, cranberries, chopped walnuts, chocolate chips, sultanas, raisins, chopped apricots, flaked almonds or even a combination of what you fancy.







Handy Tip....

I find the easiest way to line my cake tins is to cut a piece of baking parchment or greaseproof paper to fit your baking tin, so that the paper overhangs the sides of the tin. Then scrumple the paper under the tap to get it wet, open out the paper, give it a bit of a shake and press it into your tin - no fiddling with cutting and folding the so that the paper fits the tin and no greasing.

Do you like the sound of these slightly chewy oat and coconut flapjacks?....

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To make the flapjacks....

  1. Preheat the oven to 190C, 375F or Gas mark 5.
  2. Line a 20cm square cake tin or a tin of similar dimensions, the one I used was 15cm x 25cm. Line the tin with baking parchment or greaseproof paper. (See handy tip)
  3. Gently melt the butter or margarine in a saucepan. (Picture 1)
  4. Weigh the soft brown sugar and measure the honey and add it to the pan with the melted butter or margarine. Gently heat the pan until the sugar and honey has dissolved, stirring occasionally. The dissolved honey and sugar will sit as a brown sludge under the melted butter or margarine. (Pictures 2 and 3)
  5. Weigh the oats and the coconut and roughly mix together in a bowl. (Picture 4)
  6. Pour the melted butter or margarine, soft brown sugar and honey mix into the bowl with the oats and the dessicated coconut. (Pictures 5 and 6)
  7. Empty the combined ingredients into your lined baking tin, then press the flapjack mix firmly into the baking tin. (Pictures 7 and 8)
  8. Pop the flapjacks into the preheated oven for twenty minutes and then reduce the heat slightly and bake for a further fifteen to twenty minutes depending on the heat of your oven and how golden you like your flapjacks to be. Do keep an eye on them in the last part of cooking, because of the honey and coconut they can turn from a golden brown to a dark brown rather quickly!! (Picture 9 and 10)
  9. Allow the flapjacks to cool in the tin for a few minutes, when slightly cool lift the whole flapjack piece out of the tin carefully, using the edges of the paper you used to line the tin. Put on a flat cutting surface like a large chopping board or a work surface that you can cut on. Using a knife cut the flapjack into about sixteen - twenty individual flapjacks, depending on the size and shape of your tin and the size you want your individual flapjacks to be. Place on a wire rack to cool properly.

** You could drizzle your flapjack with melted chocolate for an extra sweet treat!!

Enjoy!!!

Your chewy oat and coconut flapjacks are ready to eat!!!....Enjoy....
Your chewy oat and coconut flapjacks are ready to eat!!!....Enjoy.... | Source

For more nutritious snack ideas for children check out my other hub.

Copyright © 2012 Debbie Roberts

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    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      So easy to make and you explained brilliantly thanks for this recipe

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      I like oats in any other form except cereal. I will definitely try this. Thanks for sharing.

    • debbie roberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Debbie Roberts 

      6 years ago from Greece

      Hi Rosemay50,I've had a few comments on the same lines as yours. I hope you enjoy the recipe and thank you for reading and taking the time to leave a comment, it's appreciated.

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      These are not what I would think of as a flapjack but they do sound rather nice for a snack. I will definitely be trying this recipe. Thanks

    • debbie roberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Debbie Roberts 

      6 years ago from Greece

      Hi vespawoolf, one of the nice things about them is that the recipe can be altered to include whatever is at hand. Blueberries and almonds do sound like nice additions.

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

    • debbie roberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Debbie Roberts 

      6 years ago from Greece

      Hi L.L.Woodward, there does seem to be a big difference in an English style flapjack and an American styled one. I think that the recipe has probably disappointed a few people who were looking for an American style flapjack - I apologies to those people....These are nice though, even though I say it myself.

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

    • L.L. Woodard profile image

      L.L. Woodard 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma City

      As others have already mentioned, this recipe doesn't produce what Americans think of as "flapjacks," but it does produce what looks to be a chewy, tasty and nutritious cake/bar.

      I can see this being a good breakfast treat when on the go or for a midday pick-me-up.

      Thanks for providing the measuring conversions for the ingredients for those of us not familiar with your method of measurement.

      Thanks for SHARING.

    • vespawoolf profile image

      vespawoolf 

      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      We would probably call these granola bars in the U.S. and they sound fabulous! I plan to try them with almonds and dried blueberries since that's what I have in the kitchen. Thank you for sharing!

    • debbie roberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Debbie Roberts 

      6 years ago from Greece

      Hi Beck Katz, sorry it's taken a while getting back to you. I've not had time to convert the recipe, but here is a link that will take you to a page with a weight conversion table. I hope that this helps.

      http://www.cookingconversions.org/oztog.htm

    • Becky Katz profile image

      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      We use cups and ounces. Teaspoons and Tablespoons. I have an English friend that will help me figure it out though.

    • debbie roberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Debbie Roberts 

      6 years ago from Greece

      Hi Angela Kane, if you've never tried them then it's well worth giving them a go. They are easy to make

      Thank you for the comment and vote up.

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      Angela Kane 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I have never made flapjacks, but they look good and easy. I will try the recipe soon. Voted up and useful.

    • debbie roberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Debbie Roberts 

      6 years ago from Greece

      Hi Becky Katz, sorry I didn't think to put other weight measurements. When I get time I'll add the conversions, it may encourage more people to try the recipe. What weight measurement do you use?

      Thank you for your comment it is appreciated.

    • debbie roberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Debbie Roberts 

      6 years ago from Greece

      Hi My Minds Eyes53, I had a feeling that in America a flapjack was something different. I will have to check them out.

      These flapjacks are a popular oaty cake in England.

      I hope you do try the recipe and if you have children they will enjoy the sweetness of them.

      Thank you for taking the time to read and leave a comment.

    • debbie roberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Debbie Roberts 

      6 years ago from Greece

      Hi Brett, thank you for the great comment. I'm not sure that I could trust the Postie not to take a nibble!!

      One good thing about not having an oven is that you don't have to clean it!!

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      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      This looks good, I will have to translate your measurements though. We don't use those here.

    • My Minds Eye53 profile image

      My Minds Eye53 

      6 years ago from Tennessee

      This not what a flapjack is where I come from. A flapjack in Missouri, USA is a pancake cooked in a skillet.

      But these do look good, I may try this recipe soon.

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      Brett Caulton 

      6 years ago from Asia

      Makes me wish I had an oven over here, but nobody seems to use them, I have yet to see one for sale. Anyway, I haven't had these for years!! Fancy posting some over?? lol

      Thanks for SHARING.

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