If you've never tried (or heard of) a flapjack before, let us make an introduction. First made popular all the way back in the 1920s, a flapjack is a tasty traditional British oat bar usually made with golden syrup - sweet, crumbly, and chewy.
While it's usually baked in the oven - today, we're going to be sharing our favourite no-bake alternatives to the flapjack - perfect for beginners, kids, and those who'd just rather not use the oven!
No-Bake Traditional Flapjacks
A deliciously simple take on the traditional recipe, this easy method requires no more than 10 minutes of prep time - and very few ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen cupboard. The entire family will love these no-bake flapjacks - just wait and see!
This recipe makes around 20 bite-sized squares.
Ingredients: 115g of melted butter, 110g of brown sugar, 3 tbsp of golden syrup, and 225g of porridge oats.
1) Begin by greasing a 20cm baking tin, then line the bottom with baking paper.
2) In a large bowl, mix together the melted butter, brown sugar, and golden syrup.
3) Stir the oats into the bowl and mix until well-coated and combined.
4) Pour into your prepared baking tin, and use the back of a spoon to even out and flatten the surface.
5) Pop the tin into the fridge and let your flapjacks set for a couple of hours.
6) Slice into squares, serve, and enjoy!
Recipe Credit: Instant Potluck
No-Bake Peanut Butter Flapjacks
If you're looking for a unique twist to add to the traditional recipe, you've got to try out these tasty peanut butter flapjacks without butter. Ready in no time at all, these simple delights need only six ingredients and are perfect for a day-time snack or an after-dinner treat, for both kids and adults alike!
This recipe makes 12 flapjacks.
Ingredients: 80g of brown sugar, 3 tbsp of golden syrup, 200g of porridge oats, 110g of Rice Krispies, 4 tbsp of peanut butter, and 1 tsp of vanilla extract.
1) Begin by greasing the sides of a baking tin, and then line the bottom with baking paper.
2) Mix the brown sugar and golden syrup in a saucepan over medium-low heat until the sugar has dissolved, and then remove the pan from the heat.
3) Place the oats, Rice Krispies, peanut butter, and vanilla extract into a large mixing bowl and stir gently until just combined. (You'll want to be careful not to crush the Rice Krispies in the process, as these add to the texture of the finished flapjack.)
4) Pour the contents of the saucepan from earlier into the mixing bowl and carefully combine.
5) Turn the mixture into your baking tin, using the back of a spoon to flatten out and smooth the surface, and place this in the fridge for at least two hours.
6) Slice it up into squares, and dig in!
Recipe Credit: Mummy Pages
Storage, Tips, And Ideas:
-Make sure that you place any leftover flapjacks into an airtight container - these will prevent them from getting too hard, dry, or stale and will keep them for several days. You can store these either in a cupboard or in the fridge, based on your preference.
-If you don't have any golden syrup at home, you can go ahead and substitute it for the same amount of honey - or even maple syrup. The texture and outcome will be very similar, you'll just find that the flapjacks have a different kind of sweetness to them.
-If you'd like to add some extra flavours and textures to your sweet snacks, there are a number of things you can add into the mixture. Dried fruits such as raisins, cherries, and apricots make for a nice addition, as do chopped nuts or even chocolate chips.
-When it comes to serving, you could also drizzle the top of your flapjacks with chocolate. Milk, dark, and white all work well - and can even be poured on before you place the tin in the refrigerator to harden up together.
-Alternatively, you can create your very own sundae stack of flapjacks by smearing the top of them with peanut butter, jam, or melted chocolate - and then finish it off with a scoop of vanilla or chocolate ice cream!
Rachel grew up in Switzerland and currently lives in north-west London. She is an avid reader, writer, and a real foodie and loves discovering new hotspots and trendy places to go in the city. She also enjoys planning days out for her family, she especially loves taking her little cousins swimming and to the park. When she has some free time she loves going to concerts, baking, or visiting her family at their home in Essex. She can sometimes be found travelling a bit further than Essex and loves meticulously planning and researching a trip before heading off to explore new places in Europe and further afield.