This classic combination of whole oats and syrup makes a tasty, energy-boosting snack. Enjoy as an afternoon treat or as a delicious pudding after dinner. Mix it up and try adding in some of your favourite flavours like seeds, chocolate or even fruit.

Cakes and bakes
A flapjack on a plate made using a recipe from our Cookbook
  • Preparation time 15 minutes (prep. time)
  • Cooking time 30 minutes (cooking time)
  • Serves 6


  • 720g (25oz) porridge oats
  • 300g (10.5oz) cooking margarine
  • 250g (9oz) golden syrup
  • 200g (7oz) caster sugar


  1. Line a 20x15cm or similar cake tray or brownie pan.
  2. Preheat the oven to 160C.
  3. Place the sugar, syrup and the butter in a large saucepan. Heat slowly until all melted together.
  4. Remove from the heat and pour onto the oats.
  5. Mix until all the oats and syrup mixture are combined.
  6. Spread the mixture into your tin and gently press the surface to level.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden.
  8. Remove from the oven and cut immediately into 12 portions whilst in the tin.
  9. Leave to cool completely and then remove in the pre-cut portions.