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Festive chocolate flapjacks

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Makes 8 flapjacks
Dietary Vegetarian
From Nigel Slater's Simple Cooking
An irresistible treat that makes the most of all those Christmas nuts and dried fruit. A good dunking in some melted chocolate makes these extra special – remember to pop them in the fridge for a few minutes, so the chocolate goes lovely and crisp.


  1. Turn the oven on to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

  2. Roughly chop the walnuts and figs then add to a food processor along with the sour cherries, the cranberries and half the pumpkin seeds. Add a spoonful of ground almonds and blitz together - but not for long - leaving nice sizable chunks of the nuts and fruit. Tip into a large mixing bowl along with the rest of the whole pumpkin seeds.

  3. In a pan melt the butter with the sugar and golden syrup, trying not to stir it too much and allowing it to melt together gradually.

  4. Once melted mix in the oats and the fruit and nuts and spread the mixture out evenly in an oven tray then bake for 25 minutes.

  5. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over simmering water. When the flapjacks are baked, cut them into small rectangles and dip them as far as you dare into the melted chocolate.

  6. Allow to chill for 20 minutes in the fridge and then serve.


  • 50g/2oz walnuts
  • 4 dried figs
  • 30g/1oz sour cherries
  • 30g/1oz cranberries
  • 30g/1oz pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbsp ground almonds
  • 50g/2oz butter
  • 100g/3½oz golden caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 100g/3½oz porridge oats
  • 100g/3½oz rolled oats
  • 100g/3½oz dark chocolate

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