Coconut cherry flapjacks

Coconut cherry flapjack

First off, for any of my American readers who may be thinking, “a flapjack is a pancake, and that’s not a pancake”, let me assure you that the delectable goodie in the photo above is indeed a flapjack… at least on this side of the pond. We have only one word for pancakes over here, although I should perhaps mention that an American pancake is different from an English pancake, just as an American muffin is different from an English muffin.

A flapjack is a snack bar made from oatmeal, margarine and sweeteners — usually golden syrup and sugar (or honey). Common additions are dried fruit, nuts and chocolate.

Commercial flapjacks are very popular, and can be bought pretty much anywhere. For anyone unfamiliar with just how popular flapjacks are, check out the Blackfriars Bakery website, which lists 23 different varieties of flapjacks. Commercial flapjacks are usually VERY sweet and sometimes contain questionable ingredients. They’re often not vegan either, although vegan varieties are available.

These homemade flapjacks are moist & chewy and just bursting with oaty goodness. They don’t just taste as good as the commercial variety, they taste better! They’re also very cheap and easy to make.

No plastic

Furthermore, making homemade flapjacks means eliminating the plastic wrap that commercial ones have, a small step in the plastic reduction challenge.

This version is made with dessicated coconut, maraschino cherries and sultanas. I usually wouldn’t buy maraschino cherries because of the colourings and additives, but in a moment of madness I bought some a while back to put in Christmas cake, which I subsequently didn’t make.

Many thanks to Hanan of the blog Sunshine Cooking, whose flapjack recipe I modified. I substituted margarine for butter, added extra oats, cut the amount of sugar, and subbed maple syrup for honey & golden syrup (golden syrup is traditionally used for flapjacks, but I didn’t have any). They were still really sweet, so next time I’ll cut the sugar further.

Coconut cherry flapjacks

British American
150g porridge oats (rolled oats) 1-1/2 cups
125g vegan margarine, melted (I use Pure) 9 tablespoons
90g sultanas 2/3 cup
75g self-raising flour generous 1/2 cup
75g white sugar (or less) 1/3 cup
60g glace cherries 1/3 cup
45g dessicated coconut generous 1/2 cup
2 tablespoons maple syrup or golden syrup 2 tablespoons

1. Grease a 22cm (9″) square pan (I used a glass pan) with margarine, then cut a piece of baking paper to cover the base and two opposite sides. Grease the baking paper with margarine.

2. Preheat oven to 180C (350F).

3. In a mixing bowl, combine oats, sultanas, flour, sugar, cherries and coconut.

4. Stir maple syrup or golden syrup into melted margarine.

5. Pour margarine over oats and mix well.

6. Press mixture into prepared pan, pressing firmly. A potato masher works well.

7. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, rotating pan halfway through.

8. Cool in pan before cutting into bars.

Makes 8 flapjacks.


  1. Ha, I know your kind of flapjack. I got totally conmfused when I first saw an American flapjack. These sound great.

  2. This meal is mine! ALLLLLLLLLLLLL mine!
    No sharing!


  3. Mmmm I love flapjacks – these look so good. I’ve never heard or seen an American flapjack so I now have to go and google it just to see the difference.

    I always thought blondies were like flapjacks. No?

  4. Ahah! They are like pancakes then.

  5. Denny – I’d send you a batch, but they’d prolly get stolen and snarfled by customs.

    Jeni – I think a blondie is dense and rich like a flapjack, but without the oats. Found what looks like a deelish recipe here. I think pancake = flapjack = hotcake = griddlecake in American-speak.

  6. Oh my! It would be dangerous if I made those.

  7. I love hearing about how things are on the other side of the pond. Yup flapjack/hotcake/griddlecake/pancake..all the same here for “pancake”..I wonder why we have so many words for it! But it sounds as if maybe blondies are closer cousins..we call chocolate chip cookie dough baked in a pan like brownies blondies but we are starting to call bars such as the above recipe blondies too I think. It’s all very confusing but luckily delicious.

  8. oh and I love the bunny mug!!

  9. It Seems So tempting. I will ask my mom to make it for me. Yum Yum

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