There are few treats as satisfying as the flapjack

There are few treats as satisfying as the flapjack. Whether you’re eating one with a cup of tea or getting yourself some fuel before exercising, the flapjack’s simplicity certainly doesn’t compromise on its taste.

In the US flapjacks date back to the early 17th century, yet they resemble pancakes, with the name originating from the term flap which meant to toss a pancake. Our traditional British tray-bake version is usually made from a few basic ingredients – oats, butter, syrup and sugar and harks back to Shakespeare’s time, with him mentioning them in Pericles, Prince of Tyre in the early 1600s.

Despite the debate about the origin and whether a flapjack is a pancake or a lovely tray bake of healthy and filling oats, one thing is for sure, we like to keep our bakery products simple and traditional. Less is of course more.

Trying to cut out processed, unhealthy food in our diets whilst keeping energy up and cravings at bay can seem like an impossible task at times, yet really you just need a little pick me up of the right kind to keep you on track. Have a look below for our simple yet healthy flapjack recipe.

Healthy Flapjack recipe


  • 200g of your choice of mixed nuts, seeds and dried fruits (we like pistachio and apricots)
  • 100g of wholegrain rolled oats
  • 3 tbsp of maple syrup or honey
  • 100g of butter or low fat spread
  • 2 tbsp of peanut butter


Preheat your oven to 160C and line and grease a square tin.

In a pan over a medium heat melt together the peanut butter, butter and honey and stir to combine.

Add your dried fruit to plump up in the mixture once it is melted and continue to stir for a few minutes, you could also add some orange zest for a citrus hit.

Remove the pan from the heat once the fruit is coated and looks plump.

Add the oats and stir well until combined and the mixture is wet.

Spoon your mixture into your lined tin and flatten.

Bake for around 20 minutes until golden brown. When you remove the tray leave to cool completely before slicing into bars. Now go and make a cup of tea and enjoy!

It’s been two years since the flapjack has been declared a feat of evil, after the triangle shaped, oaty treats were banned in a UK school, following their weaponisation. Don’t fear, all of our flapjack products are made from locally sourced wholegrain oats which are then mixed with diary free and non-hydrogenated vegetable fat and brown sugar for that syrupy taste, they’re baked till they’re golden and wrapped up for you, in a rectangle.

To find out more about Focused Nutrition’s specialist flapjacks or if you would like to work with us to create a delicious new product for your business, get in touch!