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Flapjacks are a fantastic way of eating a portion of nutritious oats, especially if you’re not a fan of porridge, and they can also be pimped up with dried fruit and nuts for even more goodness. Of course they are bound together with sugar and syrup which does slightly counter the oats' nutritious goodness so don’t eat them all yourself in one day!


Why are oats so good for you? The humble oat contains Beta-gluten, a thick and filling nutrient which helps to slowly release carbohydrates into the bloodstream. This helps to prevent the immediate spike and subsequent drop in insulin levels associated with other sources of carbs, which can be problematic by causing the body to turn what it considers excess sugar at the time into fat storage. They also contain the mineral Magnesium which is important in energy production and endurance.


Pack some tasty Flapjacks on a long hike and the sugar, and fruit if you include it, will give you an immediate energy boost and the oats will release their carbohydrates slowly to sustain you over the following hours. They're also brilliant to pop into a tin to nibble on in the car whilst journeying, instead of snacking on expensive and nutritionally empty petrol station snacks! See below for the recipe:



75g butter

75g brown sugar

1 tbsp. golden syrup, or honey

175g porridge oats

+ optional dried fruit, nuts, or chocolate chips. (reduce the oat content by the amount of extras)



1. Melt butter, sugar, and syrup in a small saucepan.

2. Pour mixture over oats and nuts etc and stir quickly until completely coated. If using chocolate make sure the mixture has cooled before adding else they will melt throughout!

3. Tip the sticky mixture into an 8x8 inch (20cm) lined and greased tin. Bake in a preheated oven at approx. 180 C for 20 mins until lightly golden. 

4. Remove from oven and carefully score the surface with a heavy knife into segments. Allow to cool completely in the tin before breaking along the scored lines. Store in an airtight container.

Don't forget to share!


*Tip* You know those crumbs that are left in the bottom of the tin and on the chopping board afterwards? Ready to sweep them unceremoniously into the bin? STOP RIGHT THERE! Save them for using in trail mix, they're simply crunchy bits of sweet cooked oats like granola and taste great - plus you just spent a long time making them so make the most of every crumb! :)


We'd love to hear from you! Let us know where you enjoyed yours in the comments below!


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Living the #vanlife since before it was a hashtag and touring on two wheels with her husband Ryan, they have a wealth of camping and motorcycling knowledge to share, and know a thing or two about packing light! read more

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