Simple 4-Ingredient Flapjacks

Having a big bag of oats to use up, I thought I'd make some flapjacks as well as the oat and raisin cookies which have previously featured on my blog. My thought behind this being, who doesn't like flapjacks?! They are one of the simplest bakes to make, and one of the most delicious. I don't know why but flapjacks always remind me of a childhood treat, maybe I was feeling nostalgic when I made them.

For this recipe, you only need 4 ingredients. Yes, 4! You can make the mixture easily in 5 minutes, and with only 20 minutes maximum needed in the oven, these treats can be ready in under half an hour. Speedy, simple baking!

  • 300g oats
  • 3 tablespoons of honey (or golden syrup)
  • 125g margarine or baking spread
  • 125g brown sugar (caster sugar will also be fine)

 1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade, then line a baking dish with some baking parchment.

2. Put all ingredients in a mixing bowl and combine. If you have a bit more time, a method which supposedly has better results is to melt the margarine, honey and sugar in a pan on a low heat, then stir in the oats. Either way is fine.

3. Tip the mixture into a baking dish and press down with the back of a spoon, particularly into the corners, until it is all tightly packed in and firm.

4. Place the baking dish into the oven and bake for around 20 minutes tops. It might be easier to bake for 15 minutes, check every minute or so and take it out when it looks a beautiful golden brown colour on top.

5. Place the dish on a wire rack and leave the mixture to cool. This is so important- I find that if I try to cut the flapjacks too soon they crumble and fall apart. When the mixture is cooled, cut into squares; I managed about 14 from this mixture but it depends how big or small you want them.

While most turned out fine, a couple of the flapjacks crumbled (my fault for desperately trying to get them out of the dish). However, I turned the oats which didn't quite make it to flapjack status as a lovely, crunchy granola-type topping for my yoghurt! So don't despair if you have some loose oats left over!

These are a fabulous snack, and although aren't particularly healthy, make for a yummy treat. It's also a great recipe to make with kids this summer as it is so simple!

What do you think of this recipe?


  1. These look absolutely gorgeous! I'm such a massive fan of flapjacks but whenever I bake them I always end up overbaking them by being a little bit too cautious.

    S xo.

    1. Same! This recipe is pretty foolproof though! Just keep 'oven watching' GBBO-style until they look the perfect colour :)

  2. These look so yummy and easy to make! :)
    I have nominated you for the liebster award on my blog! Let me know if you end up doing it :)

    Jade xx

    1. Thank you! I'd never heard of it before but would love to get involved! Writing it now :) xx

  3. These look delicious and so simple to make, i'm going to give them a try today! X

    1. It's probably the least time-consuming recipe I've ever tried out! Let me know how you get on :) x


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