These delicious maple syrup flapjacks are very easy to make, with just 3 ingredients! Soft, slightly chewy, and rich with the flavours of maple syrup and butter, they are irresistible.
What you'll love about the recipe
- Maple syrup flapjacks are quick and easy to make. Ready in 30 minutes, and you'll only need 3 store cupboard ingredients.
- Sweetened just with maple syrup. This means more of that lovely maple flavour, and less refined sugar.
- These maple oat bars have all the goodness of wholegrain oats. Oats are a source of soluble fibre, vitamins and minerals.
- Popular with adults and kids, and great for lunchboxes.
- Can be gluten free and dairy free/vegan flapjacks if needed.
- Maple flapjacks keep well with several days, and can also be frozen.
Tip: if you're short on time, why not try these healthy no bake flapjacks? You can switch the honey in the recipe for maple syrup.
Oats. You'll need porridge or rolled oats for this recipe. Oats are naturally gluten free, but if this is important you'll need certified oats which have been processed in a gluten free environment. Instant oats are too finely processed to make a good flapjack, and jumbo oats will crumble too easily.
Butter. I use unsalted butter, but sweet recipes often have a pinch of salt, so if you only have salted butter that will be fine. For a vegan maple syrup flapjack use either vegan butter or coconut oil.
Maple syrup. Try to use 100% real maple syrup. Real maple syrup is expensive, but some cheaper versions are made from sugar or corn syrup and flavoured with maple, which won't give such a good flavour.
Maple and pecan are a classic combination that works well in flapjacks. Add about 50g roughly chopped pecans if you like. Or try chopped almonds or dried fruit such as raisins.
How to make flapjacks with maple syrup
Making these maple flapjacks is so easy!
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees (140 fan). Add a piece of greased baking paper to the base of a 20 x 20 cm baking tin.
Melt the butter in a pan over a low heat. Stir in the maple syrup and oats.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking tin. Squish it down thoroughly with the back of a spoon across the surface and into the corners of the tin. This is really important to ensure that the flapjacks hold together well when baked.
Bake for 20 minutes until lightly golden in colour. Allow to cool in the tin, then lift out and cut into squares or fingers.
It's especially important when making flapjacks with maple syrup to squish the mixture together well. Maple syrup isn't quite as sticky as golden syrup or honey, so it's important to push the mixture together so that the flapjacks hold together well and don't fall apart.
Maple syrup flapjacks will store well in an airtight tin for up to a week. If you want to make them further in advance, they also freeze well.
Frequently asked questions
Maple syrup is less refined than sugar, and contains a number of vitamins and minerals. However, it's important to remember that maple syrup is still a type of sugar, and should be eaten in moderation. Each of these flapjacks contains half a tablespoon of maple syrup, and the fibre in wholegrain oats will help to lessen the effect on blood sugar.
Yes, you can, it's ideal if you prefer to make flapjacks without syrup. You can substitute the same amount of maple syrup for golden syrup in a flapjack recipe. Remember to press the mixture together firmly as maple syrup is not quite as sticky. If you prefer, you can also make flapjacks with honey instead of golden syrup.
Healthy flapjack recipes
If you like baking with oats, you might also like to try these recipes.
These double chocolate cocoa flapjacks have chunks of dark chocolate, and a chocolately oat base.
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Maple Syrup Flapjacks
- 20 x 20 cm baking tin
- baking paper
- 100 g butter
- 200 g porridge oats
- 90 ml maple syrup (or 6 tablespoons)
- Place a piece of greased baking paper in the base of a 20 x 20 cm square baking tray. Leave a slight overhang of paper on 2 opposite sides so that you can use the paper to remove the cooked flapjacks.
- Preheat the oven to 160 degrees (140 fan)
- Melt the butter in a saucepan over a low heat.
- Add the maple syrup and oats and stir well until thoroughly mixed.
- Spoon the mixture into the lined baking tin. Press down well with the back of a spoon. Make sure you press into the corners and over the whole surface.
- Bake for 20 minutes. Leave to cool in the tin, then cut into 12 pieces.
Please note nutritional information is per serving and is provided for guidance only.