Cranberry and Dark Chocolate Flapjacks

 Vegan cranberry and dark chocolate flapjack recipe

I've tried a lot of flapjack recipes. For me, the perfect recipe has to fit the following criteria:

  • Ridiculously easy
  • Under 30 mins to cook 
  • At least an attempt to reduce the amount of sugar and fat 
  • That sweet, buttery, golden syrupy taste
  • Slightly crunchy edges with rich, chewy centre

And this is the recipe that manages to tick all the boxes! I've added dried cranberries and dark chocolate because it's a combination that works so well - the cranberries bring a chewy zing and the chocolate counters this perfectly with its rich bitterness. But you can be adventurous with your additions - any dried fruit works well, or you can add lemon / orange zest, seeds, or spices like cinnamon and allspice - whatever you have lying around! Be sure to make a batch of flapjacks before your next long cycle or run - they're the perfect training fuel, providing a quick burst of energy from the sugar, followed by slow-release energy from the oats.

Vegan Cranberry and Dark Chocolate Flapjacks

Ingredients (makes 12 squares):

  • 350g porridge oats
  • 175g vegan butter
  • 125g light brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp golden syrup
  • 40g dark chocolate
  • 40g dried cranberries

Method:

Preheat your oven to 180C (350F) and line a 9"x9" baking tray with baking paper (using a bigger baking tray will result in thinner flapjacks that are less chewy). Mix the butter, sugar, and syrup in a large saucepan over a medium heat, until the butter has melted and the sugar and syrup have dissolved. Remove from the heat and stir in the oats and cranberries, until thoroughly mixed. Press the mixture firmly into the tin using your hands or the back of a spoon. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes until turning golden brown around the edges. Allow to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then drizzle melted dark chocolate over the top. Can be eaten straight away while warm, or kept in the fridge for up to a week. 

Nutrition (per slice):

  • Protein: 4.3g  (Women: 8.6% / Men: 7.8%)
  • Iron: 1.9mg  (Women: 12.8% / Men: 21.8%)
  • Calories: 265  (Women: 13.3% / Men: 10.6%)
  • Sugar: 17.5g  (Women: 19.4% / Men: 14.6%)
  • Total Fats: 12.2g  (Women: 17.4% / Men: 12.8%)
  • Saturated Fats: 2.9g  (Women: 14.5% / Men: 9.7%)
  • Salt: 0.1g  (Women: 1.7% / Men: 1.7%)
  • Fibre: 3.3g  (Women: 11.0% / Men: 11.0%)

See the Nutrition Info page for more details on % of Dietary Reference Values for men and women.