These Sugar Free British Flapjacks are a healthier alternative to the traditional British Bar! Free of refined sugars, these delicious oat bars are the perfect pick me up!
If you're new around here, or haven't had a chance to read my about me page, then you probably don't know that England holds a place very near and dear to my heart. It's where I was born and raised until I was 12 years old. I hold so many memories from my dear country across the pond.
Although my British accent is 99% gone, I still try to sprinkle a little touch of Britain in my sunny state of Texas, whenever I can. Some ways are through sharing old stories, my favorite childhood shows or my favorite foods! When I think back to my favorite staple British snacks...flapjacks instantly come to mind!
What is a British Flapjack?
Not to be confused with American flapjacks (pancakes), British flapjacks are totally different. They are comprised of the most simple ingredients: oats, sugar, golden syrup and butter. Simply put, you can think of them as the OG granola bar! They're also fab because they can be made gluten free is gluten free oats are used.
British Flapjacks are great because there are so many possible variations. You can add nuts or raisins, drizzle with chocolate...or mix in any of your favorite fruits or seeds! For these flapjacks, I've decided to take a healthier approach to enjoy this delicious snack without any guilt.
For these Sugar Free British Flapjacks, the golden syrup has been replaced with Healthy Date Caramel Sauce + sugar free maple syrup and the sugar has been replaced with a sweetener. By doing so, these flapjacks are not only healthy, they also have a low glycemic index!
- Quick cook oats - not to be confused with old fashioned, or instant oats. It is very important that quick cook oats are used in this recipe in order for everything to come together and achieve the correct texture. These can be found at most local grocery stores or ordered online.
- Healthy Date Caramel Sauce - If you haven't tried this recipe out yet, now is the perfect time to do so! The leftover sauce is great with apple slices or drizzled over a bowl of warm oatmeal!
- Sweetener - any sweetener of choice can be used. My sweetener of choice for this recipe is Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener. I find the flavor and texture works extremely well in this recipe.
- Margarine - by replacing stick butter with stick margarine in this recipe, we're able to cut back on some calories without sacrificing flavor or texture. I mostly always use Blue Bonnet or Imperial brands.
- Sugar Free Maple Syrup
- Sea Salt
How to Make Sugar Free British Flapjacks
- In a medium saucepan, melt the margarine, stirring frequently. Mix in the sweetener, maple syrup and caramel date sauce. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, add the oats and salt. Pour in the wet ingredients from the saucepan. Use a spoon to thoroughly combine.
- Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper and add the oat mixture. Evenly spread out the mixture in the pan. Bake in oven at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.
- Allow to cool, cut into 12 pieces, enjoy!
Chewy vs Crunchy?
You could survey a room of 100 people, and you would find that the preferences are split pretty evenly. In my personal opinion, I like them on the softer side, and that is the texture that you'll achieve by following this recipe. If you desire a crunchier texture, use a bigger baking pan to spread the oats out thinner and bake for slightly longer.