I have been meaning to make the British treat known as flapjacks for awhile and finally got around to it this week. Now I sit here wondering what took me so long!
I had these prepped and in the oven for baking in under 5 minutes. Yes, they are that easy to prepare.
What I love about these is the fact that they are gluten-free but no special flour blends required. The meat of these gorgeous bar-like cookies is medium or large flake oatmeal (either variety works well). Just ensure your oats clearly state gluten-free if you are concerned about gluten. As for richness, it all comes from plenty of salted butter, golden syrup, brown sugar and 2 kinds of chocolate.
The batter is all made in one pot or skillet - I used my pasta pot. Then you simply spoon it into a prepared 8"x8" baking pan and bake away. How easy is that ?
As these little squares are also nut-free they are the ideal school snack. They store well and keep for days at room temperature. I keep mine in a tupperware container.
So if you want to whip up a yummy treat the kids will love, then give this recipe a try!
*adapted source recipe: Double Chocolate Flapjacks, Lyle's Golden Syrup
WHAT YOU NEED
175 grams salted butter
100 grams brown sugar
3 heaping tablespoons of Lyle's Golden Syrup
225 grams medium or large flake rolled oats (do not use instant)
30 grams cocoa powder ( I used Cocoa Barry's Extra Brute)
100 grams chocolate chips (milk , semisweet or dark)
PREHEAT oven to 180C
LINE a 8" square baking pan with parchment paper
IN LARGE SAUCEPAN, over medium heat, melt butter
ADD sugar and syrup blending with a wooden spoon until combined and heated through
REMOVE from heat
STIR in oats, cocoa powder and chocolate chips
SPOON batter into prepared pan and level off with back of spatula pressing gently to ensure there are no large air pockets in the batter
BAKE 25 minutes
LET COOL on cooling rack for 10 minutes
LEAVE IN PAN but cut into 16 squares - don't worry about being perfect here because you finish up all the cutting once cooled
LET COOL completely
FLIP out onto cutting board and finish any more cutting so you have 16 squares