Flapjacks contain a fairly high amount of butter and sugar, and the result is a treat bursting full of calories and energy.
However, unlike other chocolate treats, our flapjack recipe contains many nutritious ingredients like rolled oats, honey, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, and hazelnuts.
More expensive to make than a chocolate bar or chocolate cake, flapjacks offer far more goodness for the active person.
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Flapjacks are one of my favourite snacks. Whilst rich in butter and sugar, they do contain nutritious oats, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, and dried cranberries.
I like to cut the dried cranberries into smaller pieces to help them spread more evenly through the flapjacks, and I do the same with the hazelnuts.
Melt the butter by heating gently in a microwave and stirring every 30 seconds or so. When melted, the butter is added to a big bowl, to which is added the sugar and honey. Give this mixture a really good stir to combine well.
I find it easiest to add the oats a little at a time as it makes it easier to evenly coat the oats in the butter and sugar.
When the oats are evenly coated, pour in the sunflower seeds, the chopped hazelnuts, and the cranberries.
Finish by adding the flour. The flour is really important as it helps all the other ingredients stick together, to avoid the final flap jack being too crumbly.
Add the mixture to a baking tray lined with grease proof paper. The mixture needs pressing down firmly with the back of a spoon, and to finish, I push down by hand using a ball of baking paper.
The flap jack is now ready for a medium hot oven for 25 to 30 minutes. It is done when the top surface turns a lovely golden brown colour.
Use the baking paper to lift out the flapjack and allow to cool fully for 2 hours. A cool flapjack is much easier to cut into neat slices.
Flapjacks should keep well for a week or so in an air tight container.