British Apple Cranberry Flapjacks

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British flapjacks are a gluten-free oat bar traditionally made with just oats, fresh or dried fruit, butter, brown sugar and syrup (golden or maple). This recipe can be made with gluten-free oats, nuts, dried apples and cranberries, applesauce and maple syrup.


  • 3 cups oats (gluten-free oats if desired)
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup dried apple slices
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup brown or maple sugar, firmly packed


  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Place the oats and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add the apple slices and cranberries to a food processor and pulse until they are finely chopped. Add the pecans and pulse everything until it is all in fine pieces.
  4. Mix the nuts and apples into the oat mixture.
  5. Melt the butter in the microwave or on the stove top. Then in a medium mixing bowl, mix the melted butter, vanilla, applesauce, maple syrup and sugar. Stir until the sugar is no longer lumpy.
  6. Add the butter mixture to the oat mixture and mix until well-coated.
  7. Spread in a casserole dish (approximately 9inx13in) and bake 20-25 minutes at 350. Makes 12 servings.
  8. Store leftovers in an air-tight container and re-heat before serving, perhaps with a little bit of butter to keep it from drying out upon reheating.