Cherry oat squares with chocolate drizzle

Cherry oat squares with chocolate drizzle

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(32 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 20 mins - 25 mins


Makes 16
Flapjacks use up storecupboard spares and these chewy, oaty, fruity bars topped with chocolate will always go down a storm

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per square

  • kcal208
  • fat9g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs27g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre2g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.2g
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  • 140g butter, melted, plus extra butter for the tin



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 175g porridge oat
  • 1 egg, beaten



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  • 100g glacé cherry, halved
  • 50g dark chocolate
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    Dark chocolate

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  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Butter and line the base and sides of a 22cm square cake tin: cut 2 strips of baking parchment the width of the tin and longer than the base and sides, and fit into the tin each way and up the sides. This will make lifting it out easier.

  2. Mix together the flour, sugar and oats in a bowl. Add the egg, melted butter and cherries, and mix well. Tip into the tin and spread evenly with a fork.

  3. Bake for 20-25 mins until golden brown. Cool in the tin for 10 mins, then carefully lift out using the paper and place on a board. Mark, but don’t cut, 4 lines each way to make 16 squares. Melt the chocolate in the microwave for 1 min, then drizzle over the squares. When the chocolate has set, cut the squares down the marked lines.

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12th Feb, 2018
Best flapjack recipe I’ve tried. First time I made them I stuck to the recipe - lovely texture and great taste. Second time I used a mixture of glacé cherries dried apricots and cranberries. Delicious and really simple to make. Recipe can be customised to your preferences as long as you roughly keep to the stated ratios.
24th Jun, 2016
This is a perfect traybake recipe for school cake sales. I doubled the recipe and baked it in a roasting tin. Used a mixture of sultanas and glacé cherries and then added an extra handful of dessicated coconut. On the advice of some of the reviewers, I reduced the sugar - 50g less in my doubled recipe. I then poured over melted milk chocolate to entirely cover the slab while it was still warm and in the tin. I waited until the whole thing was cool before removing from the tin and slicing.
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14th May, 2016
Lovely recipe. Quick and easy with delicious results. I sneaked a few dark chocolate chips in!
8th Jan, 2015
Brilliant result! Very easy to make. Would maybe put in a bit less sugar next time as very sweet. Maybe more oats and less sugar to make it a bit more wholesome! Otherwise perfect will make again
21st May, 2014
Really tasty alternative to flapjacks. Held together really well. Quite sweet with the glacé cherries so might try dried cranberries next time. Will definitely make again.
12th Mar, 2014
Very good recipe - dead easy to make and tasty. Needs something else to give them the 'x factor' though - maybe some more fruit or extra chocolate on top? I think I will drizzle a mix of white and milk chocolate over the top next time, and add more cherries.
4th Feb, 2014
Really nice, held together better than flapjacks. Also reduced sugar by 25g and doubled chocolate on top instead. Feel they would be really easy to vary as well.
11th Jan, 2014
I had all the ingredients except for the cherries so I used dried cherries and added a big handful of flaked almonds - it all tasted much better and much lighter than I expected.
7th Dec, 2013
Quick and simple, recipe with nice results - I took others' advice and doubled the chocolate quantity so it was enough to cover the flapjacks rather than drizzle and it worked out well.
10th Nov, 2013
Delicious - my go-to treat recipe. But I do double the chocolate and cover the flapjacks in a chocolate layer ... yum!!


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2nd Mar, 2017
The cherry oats were not square enough! I recommend not to use this recipe as it fell apart in my hands. I recommend use 1000g of butter to keep it stuck together, or visit my site for your free sample