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4.75 from 4 votes

Cherry oat bars (flapjacks)

Deliciously sweet and fruity cherry oat bars.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Desserts and sweet treats
Keyword: cherry, flapjacks, oat bars
Servings: 18
Author: Emily Leary


  • 200 g slightly salted butter (plus a little extra for greasing the tin)
  • 150 g golden syrup
  • 100 g muscavado sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150 g morello cherries fresh & stoned / frozen, roughly chopped into halves or thirds
  • 450 g Scottish porridge oats
  • 125 g icing sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cherry juice
  • 3 small foil baking tins


  • Preheat the oven to 200C/390F (180C/355F fan assisted)
  • In a saucepan, melt the butter, golden syrup, sugar, vanilla over a low heat until completely dissolved.
  • Stir in the cherries and heat for a further minute, then stir in the oats.
  • Transfer the mixture to the greased loaf tin and press down gently.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, then leave to cool completely.
  • Peel back the tin and carefully remove them from their trays.
  • Mix the icing sugar with the cherry juice to form a thick liquid icing. Drizzle diagonally over the flapjacks.
  • Cut each tray into six bars with a sharp knife.