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Scottish Fresh Blueberry Oat Flapjacks

Scottish oaty snack bars studded with fresh blueberries, banana and seeds.

Scottish Fresh Blueberry Oat Flapjacks


We love flapjacks in this house. 

They are filling, but healthy snacks and they're great for a breakfast on the run. They should not be confused with American flapjacks which are actually what we call Scotch Pancakes.

No, Scottish flapjacks are oaty snack bars made with porridge oats which are also known as rolled oats.


Flapjacks are the perfect snack when you need something to keep you going for long time. The oats in these bars give you slow released energy.

I carry some around with me for for my wee boy.

He's always hungry on the way home at night, especially on the way home from his kickboxing class. It must be all that energy that he burns off.

Scottish Fresh Blueberry Oat Flapjacks


Scottish flapjacks are traditionally made with butter and honey but they are just as good made with dairy-free butter and agave nectar or maple syrup instead of honey for a tasty vegan snack.

You can decide depending on your diet and preferences.


I do think the flapjacks could have had a little longer in the oven. I took them out a bit early.

You want a good golden colour.

Don't leave them too long though unless you like a crispy flapjack. Personally I like them to be chewy.

It's a fine balance.

For more Scottish recipes have a look at my recipe index of Scottish Recipes for Vegans and Vegetarians

porridge oats


Porridge oats are a staple here in Scotland. They are one of our main crops and used in many of our recipes.

For making flapjacks you want to use porridge oats, which are also known as rolled oats.

Oatmeal is too fine for making flapjacks and jumbo oats are too coarse, which makes them harder to bind together.

Scottish blueberries


Blueberries grow wild and are cultivated on farms in Scotland. The season runs from July to October, but some farms can extend this with underground heating in tunnels.

Scotland has the perfect climate for berries, with long warm summer days (but not too hot) and long hours of sunlight.

These flapjacks contain fresh blueberries, but if you don't have any fresh you could use dried blueberries or frozen blueberries.

The blueberries in these flapjacks were a triumph. Little pockets of squidged blueberries, in among all the oats and seeds.


Frozen Blueberries

If you are using frozen berries, take them out of the freezer and leave in a bowl in your fridge overnight to defrost. 

Pat gently with kitchen paper to remove any excess liquid before adding.

Dried Blueberries

If you are using dried blueberries, you can add them straight into the recipe in place of the fresh berries. 

The dried berries will give you more of a chewy quality instead of little pockets of soft fruit.



I've been adding bananas to flapjacks for years. They are not part of a traditional Scottish flapjack recipe, but I add them for a few reasons.

Add bananas to flapjacks becaause:
  1. It's good to get as much fruit into your diet as possible.
  2. They add to the chewy texture.
  3. They sweeten the mixture so you don't need as much sugar. Traditional flapjacks are very high in sugar.

flax seeds


It's really important to include seeds and nuts into your diet, so I like to include them when I can. 

I added the seeds whole to these flapjacks, although they are actually more nutritious when they are ground. 

Do be careful when adding ground flax seeds to a recipe as 4 tbsp of these seeds ground would make quite a lot of powder and can dry out a recipe.

If you were adding this quantity of ground flax seed powder to a cake you would have to remove the same quantity of flour to even out the recipe. 

So for this recipe stick to adding the flax as seeds.

Top Tip for Flax Seeds

Flax seeds can be quite expensive to buy. However they are also called linseeds. Buy them as linseeds and you will find the are usually much cheaper.

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I love when readers let me know they've enjoyed a recipe. 

Every day readers share photos of things they've made from my site and get in touch to say how much they love my recipes. It really cheers me up and makes all the hard work worth it.

Lorraine, who is in my Living on the Veg Facebook group made these fresh blueberry flapacks and loved them. She said "I was particularly drawn to them for the low sugar content. We follow a low carb diet here (not completely sugar free) and these really fitted our treat criteria!".

Scottish Fresh Blueberry Oat Flapjacks

Scottish Fresh Blueberry Oat Flapjacks
Yield: 16
Prep time: 10 MCook time: 25 MTotal time: 35 M
Scottish oaty snack bars studded with fresh blueberries, banana and seeds.


  • 315g/3½ cups porridge oats
  • 100g/½ cup dairy free spread
  • 1 large banana, mashed
  • 2-3 tbsp agave nectar
  • 125g fresh blueberries
  • 4 tbsp flax seeds (linseeds)
  • pinch of salt


How to cook Scottish Fresh Blueberry Oat Flapjacks

  1. Preheat oven to 160c/140c fan/325f/gas mark 3 and line a brownie pan or baking tray with greaseproof paper. I like to use foil backed parchment as it moulds to the pan nicely and is less fiddly.
  2. In a small pan melt together the dairy free spread and agave nectar, then stir in the mashed banana and set aside to cool.
  3. Measure the oats into a large bowl then mix in the blueberries and seeds.
  4. Pour in the cooled wet mixture and stir until well combined. If the mixture seems a little wet, you may add more oats.
  5. Pour the mixture into your prepared pan and press down with the back of a spoon until even.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes until golden, but slightly springy to the touch. Leave to cool in the pan.
  7. Cut into 16 squares and tuck in.
  8. Enjoy!


If you don't have fresh blueberries you can use frozen blueberries. Just defrost them in the fridge overnight and pat with kitchen paper to remove any excess juice.
You can also use dried blueberries instead of fresh for a chewy finish.
If you don't have agave nectar you could use maple syrup, golden syrup or honey.
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  1. Sounds delicious, love oath recipes

  2. Well, the wee man looks suitably grrrr-ish and fierce! Adorable! And an orange belt already! Well done to him.
    I'm experimenting with flapjacks with varied ingredients as well. While rolled oats are always good, I halve mine and add roughly chopped pecans and almonds to enhance crunch. These days I'm leaning more on the natural sweet of dates, which don't go that well with berries, but it's all a work in progress. Looks tasty!

    1. Nuts are a great idea Tanita, I'll have to try that, I usually stick to seeds and dried fruit.

  3. I love flapjacks and these look delicious! Your son is lovely !

  4. Mmmm, I do love a good flapjack and these look scrumptious Jac.

  5. Don't the blueberries just look glorious nestling in the oats? Heaven!

    1. It was a good idea all round. So glad I tried it.

  6. These sound really healthy and they look tasty. Love the fresh burst of blueberries in there. Cooper looks so grown up - he's gorgeous :)

    1. Thanks Ros, he is growing up alarmingly quickly.

  7. I was looking for a blueberry flapjack recipe and this one stood out most ...i love the fact its a bit healthier whilst still has that sweetness i crave. Just about to make a batch :-)

    1. I hope you enjoy them. I loved the burst of fruit in them. I'd maybe leave them in a couple of extra minutes next time though. I think I was just too eager to tuck in :)

  8. Great idea to use flaxseeds. I'm always trying to get them into vege teens diet.

  9. I made these today with my toddler son. They were both quick and easy to make and a lot of fun for us both. They also tasted absolutely divine. We couldn't wait for them to cool completely before tucking in. What a lovely healthy treat. Thanks for posting it up. I'm keen to try other things you've blogged about now. xx

    1. I am so glad you enjoyed them Ness and it is extra special making them with little ones. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and let me know how you got on. It made my day :)

  10. Just made these & used 2tbs flaxseeds and 2tbs chia seeds ,absolutely delicious, thanks for your super recipes x

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed them and good idea to add the seeds. Have a good weekend!


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