Breakfast bar

Breakfast bar

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(20 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 25 mins


Makes 12
This fruity, chewy flapjack is packed with delicious oats and cereal - kids can help make them and they're perfect for lunchboxes

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per bar

  • kcal205
  • fat10g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs25g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre2g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.2g
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  • 50g mixed dried fruit (a mixture of raisins, sultanas and apricots is nice)
  • 50g mixed seed
  • 140g oats
    Two piles of oats



    Oats are processed by rolling (steamed and pressed) or steel-cutting (cut into pieces). There is…

  • 25g multi-grain hoop cereal
  • 100g butter



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

  • 100g light muscovado sugar
  • 100g golden syrup
    Golden syrup

    Golden syrup

    goal-dun sir-rup

    Golden syrup is a clear, sparkling, golden-amber coloured, sweet


  1. Grease and line a 20cm square cake tin with baking parchment.

  2. Put the dried fruit in a mixing bowl. Add the seeds, oats and cereal, and mix well.

  3. Put the butter, sugar and golden syrup in the saucepan. Cook gently on the hob, stirring with the spatula, until the butter and sugar are melted.

  4. Remove from the heat and pour the dry ingredients into the saucepan. Mix well until all the ingredients are coated with the syrup mix.

  5. Fill the baking tin with the mixture. Use the spatula to press the mix down evenly. Bake at 160C/140C fan/gas 3 for 20 mins, then leave to cool completely before cutting into squares or fingers. Store in an airtight tin for up to 3 days – if they last that long!

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caz125's picture
28th Aug, 2018
Love this recipe and it's incredibly versatile. I increased the fruit and oats, added mixed nuts (instead of seeds), reduced the sugar by a third, swapped the syrup for honey and reduced this by a third too. The mixture needs to by wet and just sticky enough to hold together before baking. They're a great mid-morning/ afternoon snack to pick you up. I'm going to play around with different dried fruit and seed combos.
Frantic Flapjack
13th Aug, 2018
In an attempt to cut down the sugar, I left it out and used only the golden syrup as a sweetener. I also left out the hoop cereal and upped the oats to 165g. Unfortunately, this made very crumbly bars which would not cut or hold together easily. However, they taste great so I crumbled them and we will eat them sprinkled on yogurt.
caz125's picture
28th Aug, 2018
I swapped the syrup for honey and reduced this to 70g instead of taking out the sugar. They held together pretty well still.
19th Mar, 2017
As these were rated 5 stars I made them without reading the comments which was a mistake, they are nice but too sweet as many others have said. Ok recipe but the sugar/syrup quantity needs adjusting unless you have a very sweet tooth.
6th Jan, 2017
My son is vegan, and fed up trying to find cereal bars he can take to school, I decided to make these. After reading the comments, I reduced the amount of sugar and did two different batches. First had half the sugar and butter with raisins, chia seeds and golden linseed. Second had quarter of the sugar and 3/4 butter with glacé cherries and almond slivers, and a touch of vanilla essence. So versatile and better than shop bought. I've wrapped mine individually and popped in the freezer to keep longer. Next batch will contain mint dark chocolate, yum!
1st Apr, 2016
Very nice tasting flapjacks. I added some chia seeds, didn't add the cereal and halved the sugar after reading comments about it being too sweet. With that alteration I think it was just right.
Class Neptune
3rd Jul, 2015
I liked guessing what it would like when some of the ingredients were melted. Eating it was the best bit because you feel the delicious crunchy taste of it. If I made it again I would replace the golden syrup with wildflower honey and the cereal with honey cheerios.
Class Neptune
3rd Jul, 2015
It tasted like a cereal bar with lots of golden syrup inside. I thought it would be too sweet to eat at breakfast so would have it for a snack or dessert. If I made it again I would change the dried fruit to more multi-grain hoop cereal.
8th Feb, 2015
Really nice recipe- very versatile! I left out seeds and hoops and used more oats and fruit. Used less sugar too, definitely didn't miss it. Look forward to using this recipe again.
5th Feb, 2015
I replaced the golden syrup with agave nectar but it was way too sweet for my liking...apart from that -delicious. I am definitely doing this again with half the sugar


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PigeonWard's picture
2nd Aug, 2013
We all know that sugar is bad for us. Hear is a lower sugar version.