A quick family favourite using some store cupboard staples…



Ready in

45 mins

Good for

feeding hungry mouths

About this Recipe

Writing this during Lockdown means ingredients can be a little hard to source at the mo – however, oats seem to be in plentiful supply and substituting some of the butter for peanut butter, conserves fridge butter while adding a nutty twist!  Adding chopped dates with the oats and walnuts means they’re fibre packed too! High fibre = happy gut bacteria = better immune systems. Read more about gut health and immunity here. So, whip up a batch, take advantage of more home-time than usual and escape a busy house with a cup of tea in the garden shed!
  • 1 1/2 cups self raising flour
  • British Oats
  • 5oz  butter
  • 4 1/2oz peanut butter
  • Pinch salt
  • 4 oz  sugar
  • i2 oz walnuts or other
  • 4 oz  chopped dates
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp  golden syrup or honey
  • sprinkling of sunflower seeds

Makes 12 – 16 pieces


Step by Step Instructions

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees fan
Step 1

Blend the walnuts and dates together into breadcrumb consistency.

Step 2

Melt butter, golden syrup and sugar together in a pan over low heat.

Step 3

Add the date mixture, peanut butter, cinnamon and flour and mix well.

Step 4

Remove from the heat and stir in enough oats to make a dry mix.

Step 5

Pat this mix into a square tin and bake for 10 – 15 minutes depending on your oven. It will have risen a little and should be crispy round the edges but still quite soft to touch in the middle

Step 6

Cut into 12 or 16 pieces – especially good while still warm!


Just about any nut, seed or dried fruit can go into flapjack – use what you have;  chocolate chips are fab!


Tips for great flapjack:

Don’t be tempted to over cook – it keeps firming up as it cools.

As Mum to two hungry teens and a husband at home more, like so many, a batch of flapjack quickly produced means there’s always something wholesome in the tin!.


In addition to fibre-rich ingredients to support gut health, using dates reduces the sugar content by a third.  Fibre, and the protein from peanut butter, helps to feel nicely full!

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