Easy to make, and only using 4 simple ingredients, these Chocolate Chip Flapjacks are perfect for getting school lunchbox treats ready quickly and simply! Freezer friendly, deliciously sweet and nut free, they are the perfect quick bake for a treat. Ready in under 25 minutes. The addition of dark choc chips to a traditional flapjack makes them even yummier!
Why you're going to love this recipe
It doesn't get easier than this! Get these Chocolate Chip flapjacks made in under 25 and you'll have 20 pieces of lunchbox deliciousness ready to go!
Here's why you're going to love these Chocolate Chip Flapjacks:
- only 4 ingredients, and they are normal pantry and fridge things
- makes 20 squares
- great for portion control, as it can be cut even smaller if you want to
- nice sweet treat that kids love
- mix in one bowl
- fridge friendly, freezer friendly
- crunchy and yummy
What goes into the recipe
- brown sugar- this helps to make everything stick together and makes these flapjacks completely delicious. I use brown sugar, but if you wanted to you could use white sugar. The difference is the caramelisation. Brown sugar has a more careml flavour and it makes these even more delicious.
- oats- rolled oats are used in this recipe, however if you were making this for someone who is gluten free, it also works well with quinoa flakes. Quinoa flakes help to give it a nuttier flavour.
- butter- unsalted butter is what you need for this recipe. Don't use margarine or anything silly like that- it won't work! And when a recipe is this simple, you can taste the butter.
- chocolate chips- I've used dark chocolate chips in this recipe, because it is already super sweet! If you really want to, you can sub for white chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips, but it will make the recipe even sweeter.
How to make this recipe
This recipe is so simple, that it seems silly to give you a step by step visual...but here goes nothing! Let me show you how to make chocolate chip flapjacks:
- combine the oats, brown sugar and chocolate chips in a large bowl
- pour over the melted butter (I use the microwave to melt it)
- Mix well
- Pour into a 20cm square cake tin that is lined
- Press down well with a spoon
- Bake for 15- 20 minutes at 190º degrees celsius (375F)
- Remove from the oven- it should be golden and bubbling.
- Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares
Expert Tips and FAQs
There is some confusion about the name flapjacks, as in the US and Canada the word is sometimes used to refer to pancakes. But these are the traditional British flapjacks, which are crunchy golden baked oat squares or bars. Often traditional recipes use golden syrup, but I find the brown sugar makes the caramelisation perfect without it.
I store them in the fridge for up to a week, and freeze them for up to three months. If you live in a cold climate they could stay on the bench, but with the humidity and heat in sydney that doesn't work.
Sure, swap the oats for quinoa flakes for a gluten free alternative. You can also try milk or white chocolate instead of dark chocolate chips. However, this change makes the flapjacks very sweet.
Simple! They are heavier than the ingredients around them. Particularly in something like these flapjacks, the butter and sugar work together and bubbly like crazy to cook the oats, resulting in the chocolate chips sinking to the bottom. There is nothing really that you can do in a recipe like this to stop it happening.
Make sure when your chocolate chips are being used in baking that you buy baking specific ones. Not ones for decoration or melting! Decoration chips are high gloss and will melt, as will melting ones, and we don't want melted burnt chocolate in our baking!
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Chocolate Chip Flapjacks
- 140 grams rolled oats
- 120 grams brown sugar
- 120 grams butter melted
- 100 grams dark chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F).
- Combine the oats, chocolate chips and brown sugar in a bowl.
- Add the melted butter and mix well to combine
- Pour into a lined 20cm by 20cm baking dish.
- Press down with the back of a spoon to push all the ingredients together, spreading out to the edges, and making it even.
- Bake at 190°C, (375°F) for 15-20 minutes, until the mixture is golden and bubbly.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before cutting into 20 squares.