We are thrilled to share with you our latest creation, our Fruit Flapjack Recipe! After receiving such positive feedback on our other flapjack recipes golden syrup flapjacks and chocolate flapjacks, we decided to take our oat bars to a whole new level by adding a fruity twist.
These scrumptious fruit flapjacks are perfect for those who crave a sweet treat that's not only easy to make but also bursting with natural flavours. Made with just five simple ingredients, these flapjacks boast a delightful chewy, soft, and thick texture that will leave you craving more.
So, let's dive into this delectable recipe and discover how you can create your very own fruity flapjacks - the ultimate indulgence for your taste buds!
How to make Fruit Flapjacks
Don't miss our speedy slideshow video, showcasing just how effortless it is to whip up this fruity flapjack recipe!
Once you've gained the confidence, feel free to head straight to the recipe card, where you'll find all the necessary measurements, ingredients, and step-by-step images to guide you in crafting these delightful sultana flapjacks.Jump to Flapjack Recipe Card
Alternatively, continue reading to explore other fruit options that can add a unique twist to this versatile recipe.
Fruity flapjacks are a delightful combination of simple ingredients that come together to create an utterly satisfying and mouthwatering treat, that's perfect for any occasion.
Soft Light Brown Sugar
Soft light brown sugar adds a sweet and subtle caramel flavour to the flapjacks, enhancing their overall taste. A suitable substitution for light brown sugar is demerara sugar, a golden brown sugar which offers a similar taste profile.
Butter is a key ingredient in this recipe, providing a rich, creamy taste and contributing to the fruit flapjacks tender texture.
Golden syrup lends a delightful sweetness and gooey texture to the flapjacks. As an alternative, you can opt for honey, agave syrup, or maple syrup, each offering a unique flavour whilst maintaining the desired sweetness and stickiness.
Oats are the foundation of any flapjack recipe, giving it structure and a hearty, wholesome taste. Instant or quick rolled oats will result in a softer texture, while jumbo rolled oats provide a chewier bite.
Dried fruits adds a burst of natural sweetness and chewiness to the flapjacks, elevating their flavour profile. You can use your favourite dried fruit or a mixture, such as raisins, sultanas, currants, dried apricots, apple or dried cranberries.
For a tropical twist, try incorporating dried pineapple, mango, or papaya chunks into the recipe. Or freeze dried strawberries or raspberries.
You could also add some citrus zest grate in lemon, lime or orange zest. You could even add fresh fruit or frozen fruit cut into small bits. If using frozen berries, defrost first and drain away excess liquid.
Why not add some other ingredients into the oat mixture such as barley or spelt flakes, nuts, pumpkin seeds sesame seeds, sunflower seeds or desiccated coconut for a different texture and taste to your flapjacks.
Feel free to mix and match these extras, or come up with your own creative additions to personalize your fruit oat flapjacks and make them truly one-of-a-kind!
Before embarking on your fruit flapjack adventure, it's essential to have the right equipment on hand to ensure a seamless baking experience.
Begin with an 8x8-inch loose-bottom square cake tin, which is ideal for achieving the perfect thickness in your flapjacks.
If you don't have a 8 inch square tin, it converts into 9 inch round cake tin for same thickness but cut into triangular wedges.
Keep in mind that using a different size tin or baking tray may alter their thickness and texture.
To make removing your flapjacks a breeze, line the tin with parchment paper, which also aids in easy clean-up.
Ensure you have sufficient room in your fridge to allow the flapjacks to set properly after baking, as this step is crucial for achieving the desired texture and firmness.
Lastly, a sharp knife for enabling you to create perfectly uniform and visually appealing fruity flapjacks that are ready to be devoured!
Alright, let's get started on making these fantastic fruit flapjacks!Jump to Recipe - For instructions with measurements and photos
First things first, preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan, gas mark 4, or 350°F). Grab your trusty 8x8-inch tin and line it with baking parchment, making sure it's a bit longer than the tin for super easy removal later on.
Remember, if you use a larger tin, your flapjacks will come out thinner, so stick to the 8x8-inch size for the best results.
If using dried fruit that needs chopping. do that now before you start.
Now, it's time to melt the sugar, butter and syrup together in a pan over low heat. Be sure to give them a good stir while melting, but don't let the mixture bubble.
Once everything's melted and smooth, turn off the heat and add your oats and dried fruit into the melted butter sugar and syrup.
Stir it all together until you have a lovely, thick fruity flapjacks oaty mix.
Next, transfer this delightful mixture into your lined tin and press it down firmly with a spoon or spatula.
Pop the flapjack baking tin into your preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.
When you take it out, the mixture will be a bit soft, but don't worry – it'll firm up as it cools, so resist the temptation to cook it longer.
After letting the tin cool at room temperature for about 20 minutes, transfer it to the fridge to continue setting. Patience is key here, so give it at least an hour (longer is better) for the neatest cuts.
Once your flapjacks are baked and cooled, drizzle them with a cream cheese, yogurt and icing sugar drizzle or melted chocolate for an extra layer of flavor and a visually appealing finish.
Once it's set, lift the flapjack slab out using the baking parchment and grab a sharp knife. The fruity flapjacks yield 8 large bars or 16 treat-size squares.
An optional step we like to take when making these fruit flapjacks is to trim away the edges.
This neatens up the squares and removes the sticky, chewier edges, giving your flapjacks a more polished look. But don't let those trimmed edges go to waste – they're still absolutely delicious! Consider it a little treat for the one who baked them!
And there you have it! Your delicious fruit flapjacks can be eaten straight from the fridge. But they are best served at room temperature for a soft chewy texture.
📖 Step by Step Recipe
Fruit Flapjacks Recipe
- 200 g Light Brown Sugar or demerara sugar
- 250 g Butter
- 5 tablespoon Golden Syrup or honey, agave syrup or maple syrup
- 350 g Oats instant or quick rolled oats for a soft texture jumbo rolled oats for a chewy texture
- 100 g Dried Fruit Use your favourite dried fruit or a mixture.
- Preheat oven to 180°c / 160°c fan gas 4 / 350 °F. Line 8x8 inch tin with baking parchment, making it longer than the tin for easy removal. We have used a 8 x 8 inch square tin, if using a larger tin they will come out thinner.
- Melt the 250 g Butter, 200 g Light Brown Sugar and 5 tablespoon Golden Syrup in a pan together on low heat.200 g Light Brown Sugar, 250 g Butter, 5 tablespoon Golden Syrup
- Stir whilst melting, do not allow mixture to bubble.
- Once melted turn off the heat and add 350 g Oats and 100 g Dried Fruit.
- Stir the oats into the butter, sugar and syrup until it is distributed evenly and forms a thick oaty mix.350 g Oats
- Transfer the mixture in to the lined tin.
- Push down firmly with a spoon or spatula
- Bake for 15 -20 minutes in an oven set to 160°c fan /180°c / 350 °F/ gas mark 4
- Remove from the oven.
- The mixture will still be soft. Don't worry they firm up as they cool, do not cook for longer.
- Allow the tin to cool for approx 20 minutes at room temperature, before transferring it to the fridge to continue setting. Be patient now, for the neatest cuts I suggest allowing 2+ hours.
- Lift the flapjack slab out with the baking parchment.
- Use a sharp knife to cut into 8 large fruit flapjack bars
- Or 16 treat size fruity flapjack squares.
- Trim the edges for extra neatness (the person who bakes them gets to enjoy these crisper bits!)
- Best served at room temperature.
To ensure your fruit flapjacks stay fresh and delicious, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week or at room temperature for three days.
Although they can be enjoyed straight from the fridge, they're best served at room temperature because they become softer and easier to chew.
To savor your fruity flapjacks at their finest, simply take them out of the fridge a couple of hours before indulging in their scrumptious goodness. Happy snacking!
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We hope you enjoyed trying out this delightful fruity flapjack recipe and that it becomes a go-to treat for you and your loved ones.
We'd love to hear your thoughts on the recipe, as well as any variations or personal touches you've added.