Flapjacks!

No, not the pancake kind. The British, oaty, chewy bar kind that Mike and I first sampled when we were in Spain.

I’ve been wanting to make them since I got back, but didn’t get around to it until now.

Actually, the problem was that I couldn’t find a key ingredient, golden syrup. I kept looking for it in grocery stores, but no luck. Then one Sunday at the Berkeley Bowl I realized that (of course) they had a British foods section, and there it was.

Golden syrup is a lot like corn syrup, but really thick and gooey.

So once I had that I cobbled together some different recipes I found online and came up with this one. Next time I make them I’ll use a little smaller pan for thicker bars (maybe 8-inch square), and put down some parchment paper so that I can remove them easily. I had a heck of a time getting them out of the pan.

You can also add just about any kind of dried fruit or nuts to change up the taste, or try substituting honey or agave nectar. Though these are definitely buttery and sweet, they are more like a granola bar than anything, and they are great fuel for site-seeing, shopping, or workout days.

Cranberry flapjacks

1/2 cup butter (or sub margarine for vegan flapjacks)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
4 tablespoons golden syrup
2 3/4 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup dried cranberries
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Heat up a saucepan to low heat, then add the butter, brown sugar, and syrup. Stir until all the butter is melted.

Next add the oats, cranberries, coconut, and ground flax seeds and stir to combine. Stir quickly so that the syrup doesn’t harden. (Reminds me of making Rice Krispie Treats!).

Press the mixture into a greased or parchment papered 8-inch square oven-safe dish. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Resist the urge to mess with these until they are cooled. They will just fall apart. If you wait too long, though, they will be really hard to cut. So when they’re just cool, loosen the edges, flip over the pan to remove the whole thing, and then cut the block into 9 squares.

I personally love just about anything oaty or granola-like, so I’m crazy for these. I am going to work on some other adaptations!