These 5 ingredient flap jacks are made in the microwave with store cupboard basics – and the ingredients it uses are easy to find/buy and to keep in the cupboard for when you need them. Nothing “fresh” with a use by date! Ideal.
It’ll be Easter soon, so I’ve dug out my trusty quick microwave flap jacks recipe as I do like to have something boxed up and ready to take out with me if the weather’s nice. At least if I’ve taken a picnic lunch of my own I’ve got options on what I eat.
- 100g butter or margarine
- 25g caster sugar, or granulated if you’ve not got that
- 4 tablespoons golden syrup
- 200g oats, just plain oats, nothing fancy required, you can use budget varieties
- 150g of any mixture of chocolate, sultanas, nuts, fruit – whatever you’ve got or like!
As usual, I use a Pyrex jug for my microwave cooking – I find the handle very handy for gripping the dish and Pyrex glass is microwave safe.
- Place the butter and sugar in the microwave dish and melt them together, this should take about 2 minutes. Keep watching them through the window and stir every 15-20 seconds or so.
- Add the golden syrup (I use the squirty bottles as I find these easier to measure out than from a tin), then toss in the oats – I actually “guess” the 4 tablespoons by eye, although you can weigh golden syrup. Give it all a good stir around, so it’s all well-blended.
- Microwave the whole flapjack mix on high for about 3 minutes – as you watch it through the window it will grow in volume in the microwave (a 1 pint jug will contain it all).
If you have any other ingredients you want to add to the flapjacks, then stir these into the mixture now.
- Lightly grease a dish, or line it with greaseproof paper and spoon the hot flapjack mix into the dish. You can melt chocolate and use that to top the flapjack now too if you wish.
- Leave it to set, once it’s cooled you can put it in the fridge. I find it sets best overnight.
Slice and serve! You can wrap it in foil or clingfilm. It’ll also freeze.
This will make a varying amount of pieces, depending how you slice/cut it and how deep you make it in your dish, but it’s certainly enough for 4-6 people as a snack.