cranberry and golden raisin flapjack recipe, Easy one baking tray recipe. Northern Ireland food blogger.
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Cranberry and golden raisin flapjacks

Start your mornings off right with these super easy and hassle free dried Cranberry and Golden Raisin Flapjacks. Whether you’re rushing out the door or looking for a quick and convenient breakfast option that will give you an energy boost, these flapjacks are will hopefully be the recipe to save the day and your energy levels too. With the perfect combination of dried cranberries, sweet golden raisins, and a chewy oat base, they are both satisfying and wholesome. And the best part? They can be prepared in advance, making them a great recipe for those busy or low spoon days. 

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cranberry and golden raisin flapjacks recipe, Easy one baking tray recipe. Northern Ireland food blogger.

Ingredients

  • 250g unsalted butter, diced
  • 250g light brown sugar
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • 6 tbsp golden syrup
  • 500g porridge oats
  • 100g dried cranberries
  • 100g golden raisins

Variations

Here are a few recipe variations for your cranberry and golden raisin flapjacks:

Variations:

  1. Nutty Flapjacks: Add a crunchy texture and extra flavour by incorporating chopped nuts such as almonds, walnuts, or pecan nuts into the mixture before baking.
  2. Chocolate Chip Flapjacks: For an extra addition of luxury, mix in a handful of white chocolate or milk chocolate chips or chunks to the flapjack mixture before baking. The melted chocolate will add richness to each bite.
  3. Coconut Flapjacks: Enhance the tropical flavours in your flapjacks by adding shredded coconut to the mixture. Around 100g of desiccated coconut should work well. Make sure to press it down firmly into the mixture before baking.
  4. Spice-infused Flapjacks: Add warmth and depth to the flapjacks by incorporating spices such as cinnamon, ground nutmeg, or ground ginger into the mixture. Start with 1 teaspoon of your preferred spice and adjust to taste.

Substitutions 

If you need to make any substitutions to the cranberry and golden raisin flapjacks recipe, here are a few options:

  1. Butter: You can substitute the unsalted butter with an equal amount of margarine or coconut oil for a dairy-free option. Keep in mind that the flavour and texture may vary slightly.
  2. Light Brown Sugar: If you don’t have light brown sugar, you can use an equal amount of caster sugar or dark brown sugar instead. 
  3. Golden Syrup: In case you don’t have golden syrup, you can replace it with honey or maple syrup. Both will provide a similar level of sweetness and moisture.
  4. Dried Cranberries and Golden Raisins: Feel free to experiment with other dried fruit if you prefer. Dried cherries, chopped dried apricots, or chopped dates can be used instead of the cranberries and golden raisins.

Remember that substitutions may alter the taste and texture of the final product, so it’s always a good idea to adjust according to your preferences or dietary needs.

How to make cranberry and golden raisin flapjacks

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C and line a square baking tin with baking paper or parchment paper.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the light brown sugar, fine sea salt, and golden syrup. Stir until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is smooth.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the porridge oats. Stir well until all the oats are coated evenly.
  4. Add the dried cranberries and golden raisins to the oat mixture. Mix thoroughly to distribute the dried fruit evenly.
  5. Transfer the mixture to your lined prepared tin and spread it out evenly, pressing it down firmly with the back of a spoon or spatula.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes, or until the flapjacks turn golden brown around the edges.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow the flapjacks to cool completely in the tin before removing them from the tin and cutting them into squares or rectangles.
  8. Enjoy! 
cranberry and golden raisin flapjacks recipe, Easy one baking tray recipe. Northern Ireland food blogger.

Top tip!

Elevate the taste profile of your cranberry and golden raisin flapjacks by adding a pinch of ground cinnamon or ground nutmeg to the mixture before baking. These spices will add a warming flavour profile to your flapjacks.

FAQ

Can I make these flapjacks in advance?

A: Absolutely! These flapjacks are perfect for preparing in advance. Simply bake them, allow them to cool completely, and store them in an airtight container. They’ll stay fresh for up to 5 days at room temperature or up to 1 week if refrigerated.

Can I freeze these flapjacks?

Yes, you can! Place the flapjacks in a freezer-safe container, separating layers with parchment paper to prevent sticking. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature when ready to enjoy.

How do I prevent the flapjacks from becoming too crumbly?

Press the mixture firmly into the baking tin before baking. Once baked, allow them to cool in the tin before cutting. This will help them hold together nicely and reduce crumbliness.

Ways to serve

  1. Plain and Simple: Enjoy the flapjacks as they are, served with a cup of tea or coffee. They make a great snack or breakfast option.
  2. Yoghurt Topping: Serve the flapjacks with a dollop of Greek yogurt or natural yoghurt. The creamy texture of the yoghurt complements the sweetness of the flapjacks.
  3. Nut Butter: Spread a layer of almond butter, peanut butter, or any other nut butter of your choice on top of the flapjacks. It will add a creaminess and a savoury note to balance out the sweetness.

Storage and leftovers

To store your cranberry and golden raisin flapjacks and handle leftovers, follow these guidelines:

  1. Allow the flapjacks to cool completely before storing them. This helps prevent excess moisture buildup and keeps them from becoming soggy.
  2. Cut the flapjacks into squares or rectangles and store them in an airtight container or a ziplock bag. 
  3. Keep the flapjacks at room temperature for up to 5 days. They will remain fresh and maintain their texture during this time.
  4. If you want to extend their shelf life, you can store them in the fridge for up to 1 week. Again make sure they are in an airtight container or wrapped tightly to prevent them from drying out.
  5. Flapjacks can also be frozen for longer term storage. Place them in a freezer safe container or bag, making sure to remove as much air as possible. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  6. When ready to enjoy the leftover flapjacks, you can thaw them at room temperature or reheat them in the microwave for a few seconds to restore their softness.

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cranberry and golden raisin flapjacks recipe, Easy one baking tray recipe. Northern Ireland food blogger.

 

Cranberry and golden raisin flapjacks

Start your mornings off right with these super easy and hassle free dried Cranberry and Golden Raisin Flapjacks. Whether you’re rushing out the door or looking for a quick and convenient breakfast option that will give you an energy boost, these flapjacks are will hopefully be the recipe to save the day and your energy levels too. With the perfect combination of dried cranberries, sweet golden raisins, and a chewy oat base, they are both satisfying and wholesome. And the best part? They can be prepared in advance, making them a great recipe for those busy or low spoon days. 
Course afternoon tea, biscuits and treats, Breakfast, brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine dessert
Keyword Bakery, one tray, Quick & Easy, sweet
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 16 pieces
Calories 354kcal

Ingredients

  • 250 g unsalted butter diced
  • 250 g light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 6 tbsp golden syrup
  • 500 g porridge oats
  • 100 g dried cranberries
  • 100 g golden raisins

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 180°C and line a square baking tin with baking paper.
  • In a large saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the light brown sugar, fine sea salt, and golden syrup. Stir until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is smooth.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the porridge oats. Stir well until all the oats are coated evenly.
  • Add the dried cranberries and golden raisins to the mixture. Mix thoroughly to distribute them evenly.
  • Transfer the mixture to the lined baking tin and spread it out evenly, pressing it down firmly with the back of a spoon or spatula.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes, or until the flapjacks turn golden brown around the edges.
  • Remove from the oven and allow the flapjacks to cool completely in the tin before removing them from the tin and cutting them into squares or rectangles.
  • Enjoy

Nutrition

Calories: 354kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 187mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 390IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg

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