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Maple Syrup and Oat Flapjacks

Created by Dave

A slightly healthier version of the traditional British flapjack, using maple syrup, olive oil spread (I use Bertolli) and unrefined demerara sugar.

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Prep time
5 minutes
Cook time
20 mins


  • 140g rolled oats (mixed thick and fine if you can)
  • 50g olive oil spread
  • 40g demerara sugar
  • 55g maple syrup
  • 1 tblspn unsalted butter
  • pinch or 1/4 teaspoon salt

Recipe Method

1. Add the spread to a frying pan on a medium heat, then, once melted, add the sugar. Cook this till the sugar has dissolved and is starting to go to a light caramel (don't take it too far or it will be bitter).

2. Add the oats (I like to use a combination of both fine milled and thick for different texture) to the frying pan, along with the salt and maple syrup, and stir in well, then take off the heat once mixed in.

3. Butter a small baking tray with a generous amount of butter on the base and sides - this will caramelize to add flavour and also stop the flapjacks from sticking. Add the oat mixture from the frying pan into the baking tray, and gently press into the corners. You want the mixture to be around 1/2 inch - 3/4 inch thick - if your tray is too big, just use half the tray to ensure the flapjacks are thick enough.

4. Place the tray in a pre-heated oven at 170C (fan) 180C (conventional) and cook for around 15 minutes until the edges are beginning to brown. Remove from the oven, slice into the required sizes, then allow to cool before removing from the tin.


If you're feeling indulgent you can use butter instead of spread, and add more sugar...

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Reviews and Comments

  • MrsGordon 18/11/2013 Review Score: 5
    Light, soft and delicious, as well as apparently healthy, what more you could you ask for ?!! Mrs G.

  • chefdad 08/02/2013 Review Score: 4
    Better than I could have hoped, considering the healthy aspect. I'll add some chunks of chocolate next time though. Great fun for making with the family on a cold wet afternoon.

  • SteveA 17/01/2013 Review Score: 5
    These were great, really tasty :-)I like the fact they're a bit healthier as well.

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