Double Chocolate Flapjacks

Double Chocolate Flapjacks Recipe

Double Chocolate Flapjacks have always been a favourite of mine. This must be because they are decadent and taste delicious, but one always suspects that they are doing some form of good since they are composed primarily of oats. Of course, this may not be and indeed probably isn’t the case, but there’s nothing quite like a placebo for promoting blissful ignorance.

With these double chocolate flapjacks you’ll experiences a similar effect, though the dark, richness of the chocolate does tend to obscure the sense of well-being just a smidge. However,  there’s no need to feel righteous every day so forgiveness can be expected.

Truly these are the most exceptional flapjacks I have ever eaten and the most indulgent. After masticating upon a number of these one can happily expel from their minds any thought of the bog-standard flapjacks coated in a layer of poor-quality milk chocolate.

Feel free to add whatever superlatives you desire to these, be they pecans, almonds or raisins – though be careful not to add too many, you wouldn’t want to spoil the texture. Indeed, the presence of chocolate between each individual oat adds rather a lot to the experience – there is certainly no break in the taste.

Double Chocolate Flapjacks

Makes 12-14

Ingredients:

• 300g porridge oats

• 150g light muscovado sugar

• 150g salted butter, unsalted is fine

• 4 tbsp golden syrup

• 5 tbsp dark cocoa powder

• A handful of raisins, sultanas or nuts

• 200g plain or dark chocolate, melted

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 140C and grease a large, square cake tin. In a large saucepan melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup. Stir in the cocoa powder, followed by a handful of raisins or nuts and the oats. Ensure the oats are evenly covered. Press into the tin with a fork or spoon and bake for 15-20 minutes, until they are just cooked through.

Double Chocolate Flapjacks

2. Once cooked leave to cool for 20 minutes, before cutting, leaving to cool for another 20 minutes and turning out. Melt the chocolate and dip each flapjack into it, before placing on a sheet of foil or greaseproof paper. This dipping process is easiest with a mug. Eat once the chocolate has set, which should take an hour.

Double Chocolate Flapjacks

Cost: The only ingredient which is potentially expensive here is the chocolate – everything else is a fairly common household staple. The quality of chocolate you buy for the coating simply depends on your personal tastes. Here, for instance, I can get good chocolate for a relatively small amount of money. As such, these devilish treats should set one back no more than around £2.20.

 

114 thoughts on “Double Chocolate Flapjacks

  1. kristina

    Your photos look lovely to me! I am particularly admiring that handsome goat. I think he wants some flapjacks :)

    Can’t wait to try these, and hope you are having a nice holiday!

      1. tanyamhudson

        When I saw “flapjack,” my first thought was pancake, too! But these might just look even better than a pancake. :)

        And, honestly, I wouldn’t have noticed a thing about the table had you not pointed it out. I thought the photos in this post were lovely as usual!

  2. Juls

    I’m amused by your frustration with the tabletop. Frankly, I was too focused on the gooey, gorgeous chocolate centrepiece to notice the off-pine woodstain and had to go back in order to appropriately form a criticism. Then I saw the chocolate again and forgot any judgement I may have formed.

      1. Dina Avila

        How about I be the one to understand your pain, FF? The chocolate flapjacks look absolutely divine, the table surely has to go. The color is, dare I say, offensive? At least to those of us whose aesthetic around food, and especially food photography, also involves the environment in which the food is placed. I got your back on this one ;)

        Also, you’ve now encouraged me to research a bit of flapjack history as, being American, the name has always been used interchangeably with “pancakes”. Although, I think that “flapjack” may mean different things to different regions of the US. Hmm, curious….

        1. frugalfeeding

          Haha – it’s all right in the cold light of day, but for photography it’s utter crap – I’m only here until the weekend though then I get my beautiful table back! Curious indeed… you lot need to get your act together…

  3. Karista

    So glad your back Frugal and it sounds like Spain was a huge success! Your double chocolate flapjacks look heavenly and I’m going to have to give them a try. I don’t think they will last long in my house. :) Welcome back!

  4. Christina

    What a fantastic shot of the goat. Would love to hear more of your trip. I was in Spain (Madrid & San Sebastian) earlier this year and would love to reminisce as you share your experiences.

  5. Eat Healthy Be Happy

    Flapjacks in the US are usually pancakes so I was intrigued by Double-Chocolate ones! ;-) These kind of remind me of no-bake cookies. The oats are cooked stove-top and the cookies are scooped out and allowed to cool.

    These look decadent and delicious. =)

  6. spree

    Frugal, one thing about you I really admire is when you go decadent, you don’t mess around! The goat looks up to the job of running ones rear off … I’ll have to get us one of those! :) Really nice to have you back!

  7. mrswebbinthekitchen

    Wish I knew some spaniards! Sounds like a fantastic time!! Also, spent the entirety of my time reading your blog post amused at your use of the word ‘flapjack.’ Guess that means I can eat them for breakfast, right? Kidding. I learn something new every time I read. Love it! They look delish… Like chocolate covered Quaker oats bars, but obviousy so much better.

  8. Aimee@clevermuffin

    Welcome back! And I have to say, Spanish weddings sound like the bomb. Australian weddings are the exact opposite, overly formal, way expensive and over half I’ve been to the bride ends up crying (why??). The lesson? Go to Spain to get married, and eat flapjacks. That was the point, right?

    1. frugalfeeding

      Thanks, Aimee! British weddings are like that… I intend mine to be extremely fun… My girlfriend and I did get asked to go and get married in Spain… the club owner said we could party at his club again… it was an open air club… That was totally the point…

  9. theglobalgarnishgeek

    OMG. These look great. I fell in love with flapjacks in the UK. But I also learned that bad flapjacks can be awful, while good flapjacks can be heavenly. These look like they easily fit into the latter category. I will certainly try them…..

  10. musingmar

    I was thrown by the term ‘flapjacks,’ which here in Canada is another term for pancakes. I was trying to imagine what double chocolate pancakes would be like. So, you’ve provided a nice surprise and a recipe for a delicious, if unexpected, dish!

  11. Jasline

    Welcome back! The flapjacks look absolutely delish! No one can resist them… especially when they have chocolate in them ;) Can’t wait to read more about your trip!

  12. emmycooks

    Those Spaniards know how to party! We always say we’re on Spanish time when we drink until 10 p.m. before starting dinner. Not that we do that. Much. These look delicious!

  13. NickkiT

    Welcome back ;-) I make flapjacks all the time for my family but I’ve never ever tried chocolate ones (with the exception of white chocolate & cranberry.) I’m really looking forward to trying these, they look so good :-)

  14. Kammie

    Holy moses, the chocolate — I am SO in lust with these! I just wish there was a picture of someone biting into one so I could, I guess, imagine it even better. Oh man though, great recipe! :) Looks great.

  15. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen

    Hola!! That was one fierce looking goat… next time you should offer him a Flapjack before crossing his path! Love this recipe.. especially that they’re dipped in chocolate!! Beautiful photography as always.. and glad to hear you’ve made it home from your wild wedding adventure! xx

  16. Sarah

    I have a recipe for oat, brown sugar, butter cookie bars that I recently found out are the same as British flapjacks. I think the addition of golden syrup would help them hold together as they are very crumbly. That is not to say I don’t find any way possible to eat the crumbs! A chocolate version is fabulous! I think I will have to cut these in very small squares…and then eat a lot of them.

      1. Sarah

        I’ll try it adding it sometime soon – when I need to make them to take somewhere. I have no self-control when it comes to brown sugar and butter and will eat the whole batch myself, if I have the chance. :)

  17. Granny

    Always a pleasure to return here after a while “abroad,” in the sense of the inevitable detours within the blogosphere to discover what there is to discover. Where was I? Ha, yes. It would appear the aroma of double chocolate did not fail to call to me. I look forward to reading more about the Spanish wedding. It sounds like it was a fantastic affair. Did you make any of your expert concoctions for the bride and groom? Nota bene: I agree. I prefer your table. No offense to the owner of the current one.

  18. Natalie Ward

    Ah Spanish weddings, yes. I remember my first, I was stunned by the informality. The kids eating crisps and adults talking all the way through the service. And the favours (i think they’re called) were a packet of 5 cigarettes with the bride & groom’s names on for the ladies and cigar for the gents, genius! I smoked at the time ( this was 12 years ago) and The Washer Up didn’t so I got both which made up for the complete lack of vegetarian food obviously! It was a good night I think!! These flapjacks look divine (or granola bars for our American friends!!)

    1. frugalfeeding

      There wasn’t much talking all the way through the service and the crisps were definitely on hold, but it was informal. We have favours – a bottle of wine and a cigar :D. You can’t go to Spain and not eat meat in my opinion – surely it’s impossible?

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  21. lambyknits01

    LOL – I’m yet another American who was confused when there were no pancakes to be seen on this post! Your flapjacks remind me more of a granola bar than what I’m used to :) Thanks for sharing!

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