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Chocolate and Hazelnut Flapjacks

January 26, 2013

Chocolate and Hazelnut Flapjack recipe

The exploration of new food combinations is all well and good, but finding new applications for old pairings can be equally exciting – after all, they are old and well-used for a reason. As I expect we all know, it is eminently possible to unite chocolate and hazelnuts to devastating effect and this flapjack recipe, in my opinion, certainly does so, taking their relationship to stratospheric levels. However, be warned, no quarter is given to healthy eating here – these are full-fat and flavourful. I direct those of you looking for something a little easier on the waistline to this recipe for chewy granola bars.

Chocolate and Hazelnut Flapjack recipe

Hazelnuts suit chocolate down to the ground, perhaps more than any other nut – they are soul mates. Happily, their flavours and textures meld perfectly both within and without flapjacks. The taste and feel of jumbo oats proved to be a most suitable platform for the combination under consideration, with each individual ingredient permitted to shine. Indeed, the success of this recipe can be fully attributed to complete harmonisation – feel free to seek confirmation of this with my taste buds.

Chocolate and Hazelnut Flapjack recipe

Chocolate and Hazelnut Flapjacks {recipe}

Makes 18-22 bites


• 400g jumbo oats

• 200g butter, preferably salted

• 100g granulated sugar

• 50g light brown sugar

• 4 tbsp golden syrup

• 80g hazelnuts, very roughly chopped

• 50g dark chocolate


1. Grease and line a square cake tin roughly 30cmx30cm and preheat the oven to 170C. Melt together the butter, sugars and syrup in a pan. Place the oats in a large mixing bowl and tip in the melted mixture. Tip in the hazelnuts and combine with vigour. Press firmly into tin.

Chocolate and Hazelnut Flapjack recipe

2. Bake the flapjacks for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and caramelised. Set aside to cool completely before cutting into 18-22 bites. Melt the chocolate over a pan of boiling water and drizzle over the top. Enjoy!

Chocolate and Hazelnut Flapjack recipe

Cost: Oats are incredibly cheap and particularly filling, making these an impressively frugal treat. Indeed, all things considered, this entire batch of delicious chocolate covered hazelnut flapjacks should set one back no more than around £3.60. Trust me, they will go far!


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  1. January 26, 2013 5:16 pm

    They look delicious! Will be giving these a go soon

  2. January 26, 2013 5:22 pm

    Are these a sort of granola bar? Here in the US, “flapjack” is an alternate name for pancake or griddle cake, which this clearly is not.

  3. January 26, 2013 5:28 pm

    life is short…enjoy!! 🙂 right…?

  4. January 26, 2013 5:45 pm

    Ok this is interesting. In the US flapjacks are pancakes. So now I’m wondering the history of two different foods having the same name.

  5. January 26, 2013 6:36 pm

    Awww… I just had breakfast but now I want these flapjacks. 🙂 Looks decadent!

  6. bitsofnice permalink
    January 26, 2013 6:41 pm

    They look amazing! Thanks for sharing, I am dying to some one now!

  7. January 26, 2013 7:26 pm

    Just a quick note to “Our Growing Paynes”…EVERYTHING came from the U.K. first… the U.S. and Australia are both colonies…the U.S. chose to call everything “something else” to distance itself from the U.K. when it left the commonwealth and went solo (not always to it’s advantage I might add 😉 ) so THAT is why your “flapjacks” are different…the U.K. had them first…get used to it…we have! ;)…now…what was I going to say?…
    “Good Frugal…have a pat on the head…”. I needed this recipe. It was cruel and inhumane for you to wave it under our noses last week on Facebook…now it has arrived and is less a humble “flapjack” and more like something to be savoured and held aloft with pride at a W.I. meeting “look what “I” made darlings … So SORRY I can’t share the recipe…it’s a family secret and if I told you, I would have to kill you :)”…MAN this looks good! Steve is completely in love with slices and tray bakes at the moment and I am having a hard time keeping up with his endless munching. I think that this recipe might give him something humble, healthy (ish) and luxurious all at the same time. Well done Frugal sir! Your job here is done 🙂

    • January 27, 2013 8:55 pm

      You are, of course, quite right! Glad you like them so 😀 – I expected they’d go down rather well. You could sub oil for the butter! That seems to work well. Healthyish, indeed!

  8. fortyjarsfull permalink
    January 26, 2013 7:38 pm

    soooo making those with my angels this week 🙂

  9. January 26, 2013 7:47 pm

    I made a recipe with hazelnuts earlier this month and found the hazelnuts to be the most challenging part of the recipe. Your flapjack looks like a granola coffee cake. When I think of flapjacks I think of a pancake.

  10. January 26, 2013 8:01 pm

    I think I’ve found my work snack for next week – these look great!

  11. January 26, 2013 8:04 pm

    Lovely. This looks perfectly cooked. Something I fail to do despite at least six unbloggable attempts. Must try harder!

  12. January 26, 2013 8:26 pm

    Wow, this looks fantastic. Love chocolate and hazelnuts!

  13. January 26, 2013 9:35 pm

    I enjoy the cultural education I get from reading your recipes! In my experience, “flapjack” has only ever meant a pancake. Yours look quite a lot more decadent than any pancake! But, I wish you wouldn’t apologize at all for the fat. Butter, hazelnuts, & chocolate all contain what we like to point out are healthy fats. (See Weston A. Price on the web, for a good defense of such things.) It’s the sugar that adds to the waistline. However, I’d help myself to one of these goodies once in a while, just to enjoy the flavors, which, as you say, are “soulmates.”

    • January 27, 2013 8:53 pm

      Glad you have enjoyed :D. The word flapjack will have meant what I have made here originally. Healthy fats, yes, but not healthy in such quantity, of course!

  14. January 26, 2013 9:53 pm

    These look gooey, yummy and tasty!!

  15. January 26, 2013 10:04 pm

    These are fantastic! I would add more hazelnuts and chocolate though .. it’s my favourite 🙂

    • January 27, 2013 8:51 pm

      The hazelnut flavour came through VERY well… more chocolate, that’s up to you 😀

      • January 27, 2013 10:07 pm

        haha I can never resist the temptation to throw in more chocolate…I think it’s tattooed on my DNA 🙂

        Great recipe…I love it when someone takes something ordinary and makes it extraordinary with choc and hazelnuts!!! I shared it on my FB page, it’s fantastic.

      • January 27, 2013 10:38 pm

        Haha! Thank you very much! Wish more people would share my stuff on FB 😀

      • January 27, 2013 11:02 pm

        I’ve shared your stuff on FB a number of times! Love your blog….hmmmm taking action! 😀

      • February 4, 2013 8:28 pm

        Great! Thanks! Continue!

  16. January 26, 2013 10:28 pm

    These look so delish, thank you for sharing will have to make these one day!

  17. January 26, 2013 10:32 pm

    I can’t even express how delicious this looks! Oh my.

  18. January 26, 2013 11:39 pm

    Looks yummy! 🙂

  19. Rebecca permalink
    January 27, 2013 12:27 am

    So interesting—in my corner of the world, a flapjack is another word for pancakes. Not what I was expecting!! But they sound delectable.

  20. January 27, 2013 12:40 am

    For days now your Twitter feed has been teasing me with a mental image of a tall stack of chocolate and hazelnut ‘flapjacks.’ I could even see the maple syrup and melting butter dripping off them, sensuously pooling on the plate. Imagine my confusion and surprise when I saw the first photo in this post. Once again the vast linguistic divide between us and the Mother Ship has tripped me up. Your flapjacks are not the divinely griddled cakes we also call pancakes, but instead these glorious looking squares. Regardless of their name, I’ll just call them mighty tempting.

    I could study up on British food terminology, I suppose, but it’s far more fun to see where the next surprise will pop up. “Flapjack,” indeed!

    • January 27, 2013 8:48 pm

      Haha – my Twitter has been alive with flapjacks today too :D. IT is interesting. Stay tuned for more 🙂

      • January 27, 2013 11:55 pm

        Oh, you’re just working those Americans up with your devilishly superior British vocabulary! Much like Switzerland, we Canadians are more or less neutral. Gotta say, I love the Anglicisms!

      • February 4, 2013 8:28 pm

        Haha – can’t help it! :D.

  21. January 27, 2013 8:33 am

    Lovely flapjacks Nick! And gorgeous photographs too !

  22. January 27, 2013 10:01 am

    They look fantastic! Can’t wait to try them out!

  23. January 27, 2013 1:36 pm

    Hazelnuts are soooooo hard to find in SC,and I just love them. I fondly remember the hazelnut trees in Oregon when I lived there fora short while. Try hazelnuts with blackberries. Oh yum.

  24. Amy permalink
    January 27, 2013 4:42 pm

    Yum! You are so right about hazelnuts and chocolate. The addition of oats, butter, sugar and syrup can only be a good thing. These will be made here soon! Thank you.

  25. January 27, 2013 8:26 pm

    Thank you for putting many of my favourite ingredients into one convenient square for me.

  26. January 28, 2013 4:59 am

    So I kept seeing you tweet about these and I finally got a chance to check them out and I definitely thought you were talking about pancakes haha!

    These look fantastic! Question: what is golden syrup?

  27. January 28, 2013 7:11 am

    You’re getting bad for my Dress Diet. I need nothing more than a flapjack right now at seven in the morning.

    • January 28, 2013 7:14 am

      That and a bag just like Katherine’s.

      • January 28, 2013 7:14 am

        And maybe a kitten. And more butter and sugar and oaty things.

    • February 4, 2013 8:27 pm

      I think I’ll just comment on one of these! You’re mad 😀 – Katherine’s bag is great though and kittens are cute.

  28. January 28, 2013 11:39 am

    These look delicious! They are definitely flapjacks!! I think we need to get more adventurous with sweet treats, they seem extremely popular! Your photos are always great!

  29. January 28, 2013 2:11 pm

    My mum always used to put peanuts and sesame seeds in flapjacks when we were little so I always love them with added crunch. Hazelnuts sound perfect.

  30. January 29, 2013 9:11 pm

    I saw you posted these on facebook the other day and got distracted. Oh my. I have some shiny new coconut butter that needs to be put to good use. These look absolutely fabulous.

    • February 4, 2013 8:15 pm

      Hehe – sorry! That would work well! Oil too.

      • February 4, 2013 8:24 pm

        The coconut butter I bought tastes more like “real” butter than any vegan product I’ve tried yet. Swoon.

      • February 4, 2013 8:25 pm

        Very nice! I just remembered you’re sending me something. Excited again!

      • February 4, 2013 8:30 pm

        Oh I mailed it last week! 🙂 It’s just a little thank you. I get 5 or so hits every day from your site just from being on your sidebar 🙂

      • February 4, 2013 8:34 pm

        That’s so sweet! I’d move you up, but I like alphabetical order!

      • February 4, 2013 8:47 pm

        No worries, I like alphabetical order too 🙂 Plus my little blog seems to be humming along nicely enough.

      • February 4, 2013 8:48 pm

        Awesome! Glad to hear it. I’ve taken a little hit from Google’s search engine update, but I’ve got 530 views from Pinterest today, so it balances out 😀

      • February 4, 2013 8:51 pm

        That’s fantastic. I’ve noticed a slight decline as well. I thought it was because I’ve been too lazy to read other people’s blogs so they’re not reading mine… I get most of my hits from facebook, then pinterest and so forth.

      • February 4, 2013 8:53 pm

        I’d started getting plenty from search engines, perhaps 300 a day, but it’s dropped to around 200 or so. Blogs were hit pretty bad across the board. I don’t get that many from Facebook, I don’t always have the patience to work on it 😀 – I’m doing more though. Most of mine are tastespotting, foodgawker, pinterest, search engines and regular readers.

      • February 4, 2013 8:58 pm

        I need to branch out more. Do you post yours to tastespotting and foodgawker? I’ve noticed that the facebook readers almost never comment (unless they’re wordpress readers as well) I’m thinking of going solo, but I’d miss the cozy wordpress family.

    • February 4, 2013 9:12 pm

      Tastespotting, Foodgawker, Photograzing, Kitchenartistry, HealthyAperture and theHotPlate. Am looking for more too. It’s good for link building. I will be going solo, when I have the time and a steady income… instead of no income.

      • February 4, 2013 9:29 pm

        I might hop on board that train and start building links. I’m not doing anything right now. Seriously, some days I’m really excited about the blog. Other days I couldn’t give a rats butt whether or not it succeeds. Since we’re both all ready’s instead of dot.wordpress I don’t think it costs much to transfer the site over to self hosting….Food for thought.

      • February 4, 2013 10:27 pm

        I’m usually always into it – I love it. Perhaps it’s because it’s what I want to do for a living! I know it’s not much, but finding a job also takes up time!

      • February 4, 2013 10:55 pm

        Good on you. I think that you’re made for this kind of thing. Me, I’m a stay at home mom just messing around in the kitchen 😉

      • February 4, 2013 10:56 pm

        Perhaps you’re right. You do a good job though, obviously!

      • February 4, 2013 11:30 pm

        Thanks man 🙂

  31. January 30, 2013 11:49 am

    Must get some rolled oats! My mum used to make them with cocoa in the mix too and a full-on chocolate icing, but these look a bit healthier.

    • February 4, 2013 8:15 pm

      I think that would take away from these – but I do have a recipe something like that.

  32. January 30, 2013 7:03 pm

    Wow looks fabulous!

  33. January 31, 2013 3:08 pm

    Obsessed with the carmelization you have going on there…

  34. nickburr permalink
    February 3, 2013 9:03 am

    These look amazing, definitely going to give them a go!

  35. February 25, 2013 5:53 pm

    Ever-so delightfully tempting and downright crikey! 🙂


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