Easy peasy chocolate flapjack recipe for children

I’m not even going to pretend that these flapjacks are healthy. But they are great fun to make together with children as they are super simple, and kids can get involved in the stirring as well as choosing what tasty extras they want to add.

homemade flapjack recipe

The basic flapjack mixture that I have used here can be adapted any way you want. You could add dried fruits like dates, apricots and raisins or even mashed bananas which would mean you could reduce the amount of sugar needed. I usually throw in whatever I have in the cupboard so they are different every time. For this latest flapjack, I decided to use up some leftover Easter eggs melted down on top and added some sunflower and pumpkin seeds as well as some chopped nuts. But feel free to just use whatever you fancy.


One baking or roasting tray – I use a brownie tin A little helper


Flapjack mix:

250 g (8oz) butter

180g (6oz) golden syrup

180g (6oz) light brown sugar

500g (16g) rolled or porridge oats

For the topping:

50g each of whatever nuts or seeds you want

100-300g chocolate depending on how thick you want your topping (or 1 large leftover Easter egg)


1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius (350 F, Gas 4).

2. Measure out the oats and put them in a large mixing bowl.

oats to create homemade flapjacks 3. Grease the roasting tin well with butter so that the flapjacks won’t stick.

4. Put the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a saucepan on a low heat. Warm it up gently, stirring until everything has melted and dissolved.

Butter, sugar and golden syrup melting in saucepan

5. Take the pan off the heat and pour the mixture over the oats. Get your young assistant to help you stir the oats until they are evenly coated by the buttery, sugary mixture.

6. Add any fruit pieces at this stage or you could even mix in some nuts or desiccated coconuts.

7. Put the mixture in the tin and push it down and into the edges so that the mixture is spread evenly. Little hands can help with this bit.

8. I like to add any nuts or seeds at this point, pressing them into the top. I often use a mix of things like sunflower or pumpkin seed and whatever nuts I have in the cupboard like almond flakes or chopped hazelnuts.

seeds and nut topping for flapjacks

9. Put the tray in the oven for 20-30 minutes just until the mixture had gone a light golden brown. Keep a close eye on it because it can easily start to brown too much around the edges and you don’t want to overcook the flapjacks as they will become dry and hard. You want them slightly chewy.

10. If you’re adding chocolate, melt the chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water on a low heat. Stir the chocolate until it has all melted and then remove it from the heat to cool slightly. Then spread the chocolate on top or use a spoon to make a pretty – or very messy – pattern depending on how keen the children are to help.

white chocolate on top of homemade oat flapjacks

And then enjoy! I’d love to hear how you get on and your favourite ways to personalise this or any other flapjack recipe.


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How to make chocolate easter egg nest cakes

Despite the fact that the Little One isn’t really allowed chocolate yet, I decided to make some chocolate easter egg nest cakes for our Easter egg hunt party with his friends today. And even though I had great intentions to make healthy snacks (see Healthy Easter party food ideas for kids post), I just really liked the idea of getting him involved in the creation process as we probably don’t do enough messy play. They are super simple and great fun to make with kids so I thought I’d share the recipe. And don’t worry too much about the exact measurements of ingredients, to be honest, I mostly bung things in by eye for these and so much of it ended up on the table, floor, his clothes and in his mouth that it’s probably best to make a bit extra!

Chocolate easter egg nest cake


Makes about 18-20 small nests depending how much gets munched in the process.

You will need:

Some willing kids to help you

100g Rice Krispies (you can also use Shredded Wheat, Cornflakes etc)

300g Milk Chocolate (2 large bars)

2 tbsp of Golden Syrup

A bag of Mini Eggs – I prefer Cadbury ones

Small paper cake cases

Rice Krispies, chocolate and Cadbury mini eggs

How to make them:

Grab your aprons and break the chocolate into small pieces – little ones will enjoy helping with this job, just try to make sure it doesn’t all get eaten at this stage! Then melt it in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of water simmering on a low heat. Try to avoid the boiling water touching the bottom of the bowl as it tends to make it too hot. When the chocolate is all melted remove from it the heat and cool for a minute or two.

In a large mixing bowl, combine your Rice Krispies with the melted chocolate and squirt in a generous helping of Golden Syrup which is about 2 -3 tablespoons. Children can then mix it all up with a wooden spoon. Once all the Krispies are covered, use a spoon to fill up the paper cases. You can put them in a fairy cake tin if you want them to keep their shape, but I just put them on a large plate. Add a couple of Mini Eggs to the top of each one and then pop them in the fridge for a few hours to set.

boy mixing chocolate and rice Krispies in large mixing bowl with wooden spoon

Then try not to eat them all at once! And if you’ve tried this recipe or have your own version that you think is great, I’d love to hear from you so please leave a message in the comments section.

Boy eating chocolate easter egg nest mixture

There goes the ‘no chocolate’ rule!