Flapjacks are a fun and easy recipe to make with children and our little helper Clará certainly enjoyed getting stuck in and mixing the ingredients together.  Our fabulous flaxseed inspired flapjacks are a great way to get your little ones cooking with you in the kitchen this Christmas, and who knows, they may even make a nice treat for them to give to a teacher, aunt, uncle or grandparent.

Our flapjacks don’t require many ingredients but the addition of oats and dried fruit is a great way to get your children eating something that is good for them but still manages to be a sweet treat.  These flapjacks will also make a great addition to your kitchen or living room table when guests visit your home over the Christmas period.  So, what will you need to make your batch of flapjacks.

The ingredients you will need to make your flapjacks are:  

• 450g porridge oats
• 275g unsalted butter
• 200g honey
• 150g dried fruit mix
• 150g dried, chopped apricots
• 150g milled flax, sunflower, pumpkin, sesame seeds & goji berries
• 110g light brown sugar
• 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

These ingredients should enable you to make approximately 16-18 flapjacks.  You will also need some grease proof paper and a baking tray.

Step 1 – Prepare your ingredients:
Before you start to mix together your ingredients, you need to grease and line your baking tray using butter and grease proof paper.  Once you have done this, set your tray to the side and pre-heat your oven to 150C / gas mark 2.  Leave the oven to warm up and get ready to start mixing your ingredients.

One way to make cooking easier and more enjoyable when working with kids is to be organised and also introduce colour into the kitchen.  You will see below that we measured out all the ingredients before starting the mixing process and also used coloured bowls to help explain what each ingredient was to Clará, our helper.

Step 2 – Mix your ingredients together:
The next stage is where the fun starts and this is the part your kids will really enjoy.  Now you start to mix all your ingredients together, starting with your oats, brown sugar, dried fruit and apricots.  To this mix you then add 150g of Linwoods milled flax, sunflower, pumpkin & sesame seeds and goji berries.

 Step 3 – Heat butter and honey and add:
The next things that you need to do are heat your mix of butter and honey and add it to the mix.  Simply put your butter and honey in a jug and heat in the microwave until melted.  This will help bind your mix together and hold the flapjacks in place as they cook.

Take a wooden spoon and mix the ingredients in the bowl until everything is mixed and there is a real sticker texture to it.  For added fun you may want to let your children get their hands ‘dirty’ and mix the ingredients by hand.

Step 4 – Put mix into oven:
Now that you have mixed all your ingredients well in the bowl, add it to your baking tray ensuring your spread it and press down well.

Once you have your mix spread over the baking tray, add your mix to the oven and bake for 25 minutes.  Whenever your 25 minutes is up, remove the trap from the oven and leave the mix to cool for a while.  This will make it easier when it comes to cutting into squares.  You will know when your mix is ready to cut by touching it.  It should feel firm.

Step 5 – Cut and serve:
Once your mix has cooled, it’s time to cut up and serve.  Try to cut into squares of equal segments.  You should get at least 16 flapjacks from the ingredients you have just mixed.  As it’s Christmas, why not wrap them up in a box or a decorative bowl and give them to someone special as a handmade gift.  We’re sure they’ll appreciate it.

 They would also be a great snack for your kids to leave out for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve; something which our little helper Clará is looking forward to doing. 

For a quick guide to preparing your own fantastic festive flapjacks check out our Instagram video below. 

Have you tried making our festive flapjacks yet?  Let us know what you think by commenting below or sharing your photos with us on Facebook and Twitter.  You can also share some of your own Linwoods inspired recipes with us and who knows, you may even feature on our recipes page for a recipe of the month.