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!

Support British Food Producers!


Hodmedod’s for grains, pulses and seeds from Essex


More Recipes

Pear and Watercress smoothie

Pear and Watercress smoothie

PEAR AND WATERCRESS SMOOTHIE A delicious, velvety-smooth combination of our British summer fare & nutrient-rich; it's hard not to be tempted by its emerald-green colour!210 minBreakfastInroduction About this RecipeWatercress is an astonishing leafy green with the...

Spelt and Quinoa scones with chia berry jam

Spelt and Quinoa scones with chia berry jam

SPELT AND QUINOA SCONES These literally melt in the mouth and can be ready half an hour after you've thought about making them!930 minSnackInroduction About this RecipeThe chia seeds, spelt and quinoa flour add fabulous fibre to nurture gut bacteria, give a steady...

Watercress and Spinach Pesto

Watercress and Spinach Pesto

WATERCRESS AND SPINACH PESTO Adds a burst of flavour to create quick ,easy & extremely tasty meals.Makes 1 jar15 minQuick & easy flavourInroduction About this RecipePesto is a great way to add a quick burst of flavour to create a really tasty , quick meal -...

Lucy Williamson Nutrition baking


Keen to learn simple ways to use food to build natural resistance? Use my free simple steps to improve your gut health and more with links to British farmers and other sources!