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Fruity Flapjacks (cereal bars)

Fruity Flapjacks (cereal bars)

Fruity flapjacks / oat bars / cereal bars

This fruity flapjacks (cereal bars) recipe contains sultanas to give the impression that it is a healthy flapjack recipe. But don’t be fooled:). Like my fudge recipe, this easy flapjack recipe contains plenty of butter and sugar, so it may not be as healthy as it sounds!

But that is generally what happens when Gav’s Kitchen gets BAKING!

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What is a flapjack?

You can find Flapjacks all over the world with different names. In the British Isles, a flapjack is an oat bar made from butter, sugar, golden syrup and brown sugar.

Elsewhere in the world, similar products may be called muesli bars, cereal bars, oat bars or granola bars.

From this Wikipedia article, I understand that a flapjack means ‘pancake’ in the USA. Wow, how did that happen?!

These are what we call pancakes :



Back to the flapjacks:


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This is a fairly simple oat fruity flapjacks recipe that will give you some typical British flapjacks. You can experiment a bit with the ingredients by using a mix of muesli or granola to get a more varied type of cereal bar.

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This is a typical British recipe as it uses Lyle’s Golden Syrup, which is another very British ingredient. Maybe in the USA you use some other ingredient to get the same effect but with a different taste?

I don’t know. Let me know how you make these in the comments section.

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If you cook these for the right amount of time you should get some chewy flapjacks, which are always the best. The added fruit just gives a different dimension. If you want you can always try and experiment.

For example, try other types of dried fruit like diced dried apricots and/or coconut.

Maybe you could add some chopped nuts or something else? But I am sure you can come up with a better recipe for us all?!


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So please try this recipe and let me know how you get on. I would love to know!

How to make fruity flapjacks

Fruity flapjacks (cereal bars)

Fruity Flapjacks (cereal bars)

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These delicious fruity flapjacks (cereal bars) are a great snack for all the family. Make sure you have a good place to hide them because they will GO quickly!


  • 175 grams salted butter
  • 175 grams soft brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 250g porridge oats
  • 60g sultanas


  1. Melt together the sugar, butter and golden syrup in a saucepan, stirring constantly. When the butter has melted, then remove from the heat and add the oats and sultanas. Mix well.
  2. Pour the mix into a greased baking tin and flatten it down. Be aware that in the oven the mix will find its own boundaries so make sure the tin is the right size for the thickness of flapjack you want.
  3. Place into a pre-heated oven at 150C and bake for about 30 minutes or until the mix has turned a golden colour. Do not overcook or the flapjacks will be very hard. 
  4. After 15 minutes mark out rectangular bars and then wait until fully cool. The separate and store in an airtight plastic box.


Serve up with a nice cup of tea.

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Here are some of my other baking recipes:
Old Fashioned Fudge Recipe
Chewy Coconut Macaroons
Almond Macaroon Cookies
Cinnamon Donuts
English Ginger Biscuits - Cornish Fairings
Chewy Chocolate Cookies
Irish Shortbread Cookies
Raw Apple Cake
Halloween Rice Krispie Treats

Or some other tea time recipes:

Afternoon High Tea
English Scones and Clotted Cream



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