flapjacks recipe

These are my eldest son’s favourite sticky orange flapjacks. Easy to make and a weekend treat, check out the recipe for yourself!


Makes 18 (300 cals per portion)


  • 2 small oranges
  • 250g (90z) unsalted butter, diced
  • 250g (90z) caster sugar
  • 175g (6oz) golden syrup
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 425g (15 oz) porridge oats
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) sunflower/ pumpkin seeds
  • 45ml (3 tbsp) fine cut orange shred marmalade


Grease a baking tin measuring 22 x 9 cm and 19 x 27 cm. Using a citrus zester, shave the rind from the oranges in long strips. Place these in a heavy based saucepan and add the butter, sugar and syrup. Sprinkle the cinnamon. Cook over a medium heat, stirring slowly until the butter has melted. Remove from the heat and stir in the oats, until the are evenly coated in the syrup mixture. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and level the surface. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds. Bake at 180 c (350 F) mark 4 for 25-30 minutes until they become a dark golden hue around the edges: the mixture will still be soft in the centre. Leave in the tin until nearly cold.

Heat the marmalade in a small saucepan with 15ml (1 tbsp) water until syrupy. Brush evenly over the flapjack. Place onto a board and cut into 18 bars. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.



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44 Responses

  1. AZ Bao Hiem

    Cake flapjacks, I have not heard the name of this cake ever. But this cake is very special, it looks attractive, just look I want to learn and enjoy it right away

  2. Savannah

    This is so funny!!
    Where I live, some people call pancakes “flapjacks”, so that’s what I was expecting to see, but it’s a granola bar! Gotta love that cultural difference (:
    These seriously look so delicious though – and I’ve been wanting to make some of these for quick breakfasts on the go. Thanks for sharing <3

  3. Sophie at Franglaise Cooking

    These look incredible – I have a bit of an obsession with flapjacks, maybe because my mum used to make them for us when we were sick when we were little. I’ll definitely be trying your version out!
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  4. Mummy Tries

    These look fab hon, I bet the marmalade give them very unique taste. I’ll def give them a go!
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    • honestmum

      @Mummy Tries thanks, the marmalade really gives it a lot of flavour x
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  5. Mel

    Yummy! I will have to give these a go as Jumpy can have them. x Mel
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  6. BakedPotato Mummy

    These look wonderful. The coconut oil sounds really intriguing. I love flapjack and have been meaning to try it with Potato. I’ve pinned this one to give a try x
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  7. Mummy Says

    Yum! These look so healthy and delicious. Could I use any oil? x
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  8. Jenny

    This looks yummy. Mr P is obsessed with flapjacks you make it sound so easy. I will definitely be trying these out. Thanks for hosting my lovely. Great recipe as always.
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  9. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    Oh, these sound really yummy, I’ve been meaning to make flapjacks for the boys school snacks… They both love marmalade, might have to try these ones! And, thank you so much for the mention x
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  10. Steph @MisplacedBrit

    Delicious! I’ve never tried orange in flapjacks 🙂
    …Little celebration here that the internet connection was FINALLY good enough to connect to #tastytuesdays <3
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  11. ghostwritermummy

    How did you know that flapjacks are my biggest food want right now?! These look and sound delicious!!!
    x x
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  12. Pebble Soup

    This is such a good idea, a weekly round up, I’ll be back for inspiration
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  13. @katgrant30

    Yum, I love a good flapjack – and this has fruit in, so must be good for us!! 🙂

    Have linked up my favourite chocolate cake recipes this week… 🙂 x
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  14. Phoebe @ Lou Messugo

    I love a good flapjack but haven’t had one in years! It’s not something I think to make in France where oats are barely available. The addition of orange makes these sound even yummier.
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  15. Potty Mouthed Mummy

    Mmm these look yummy, I’ve not had much luck with flapjacks over the years so will give these a go! Xx
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