Scottish Oaty Walnut and Raisin Flapjacks

Scottish Oaty Walnut and Raisin Flapjacks with a cup of coffee

I love Scottish flapjacks, they are chewy, comforting and on just the right side of healthy for a traybake. Now I'm not saying they're diet food, but they are full of oats, walnuts, raisins, chia seeds, flax seeds and sweetened by mashed banana and a some honey (or agave).

Energy Bars

If you need a energy boost then these will do the job nicely. They're perfect if you are out hill walking, to counter that mid-afternoon energy crash or if it's hours until your next meal.

Now I like my flapjacks chewy, but they can also be crisp. To me this is just plain wrong. They should be slightly crisp on the outside but chewy and soft inside.

My American friends may be wondering what I'm wittering about.  American flapjacks are what we call Scotch pancakes. I know, I know, it gets confusing. Let's do this visually!


A visual guide to the difference between Scottish and American Flapjacks


A visual guide to the difference between Scottish and American Flapjacks and pancakes

The History of Oats in Scotland

porridge oats

Oats have been grown and eaten in Scotland since Medieval times.

There were our staple crop and in lean times the main ingredient in our diet.

Making porridge

Crofters would cook a big batch of porridge in the morning made with oats and water. They'd eat it for breakfast then pour the rest into a wooden porridge drawer or 'kist' (drawer in a kitchen dresser) and it would set as it cooled. It would then be chopped into squares and taken to eat through the day. In the evening slices or 'calders' were cut off, fried and served with eggs.

First flapjacks

The squares of set porridge were our first flapjacks. Back then it was just called porridge or 'porage', it didn't matter if you ate it with a spoon or as a bar.

Fresh Blueberry Flapjacks

As the years passed the name changed and butter and sugar were added to these oaty bars

The newer version are traditionally made with oats, butter, brown sugar and golden syrup, but today all sorts of ingredients and flavours are added.

I make flapjacks with:

Not all at once I hasten to add (click on the ingredient for the recipe)! Today's flapjacks are all about the walnuts and raisins. They're great with a cuppa or if you're on the move.

Nutritional information and calories in Scottish Oaty Walnut and Raisin Flapjacks

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Scottish, vegan
Yield: 16 flapjacks
Scottish Oaty Walnut and Raisin Flapjacks

Scottish Oaty Walnut and Raisin Flapjacks

Traditional Scottish oaty bars with walnuts and raisins. Very easy to make and chewy just like they should be.
prep time: 10 minscook time: 25 minstotal time: 35 mins


  • 180g/2 cups porridge oats
  • 125g/½ cup butter or dairy free spread
  • 1 large banana, mashed until soft
  • 4 tbsp honey or agave nectar
  • 150g raisins
  • 100g walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp flax seeds (linseeds)
  • 2 tsp chia seeds


  1. Heat the oven to 180c/160c fan/350f/gas mark 4.
  2. Grease or line a brownie pan.
  3. Melt the butter or dairy free spread.
  4. Mash a banana until soft and add to the melted butter with the honey or agave and mix well.
  5. In a large bowl mix the oats, raisins, walnuts and seeds, then add the wet ingredients and mix well.
  6. Pour the flapjack mixture into the brownie pan and press firmly until level, then pop in the oven and bake until golden for 25 -30 minutes. When it's ready it should be springy to the touch.
  7. Leave to cool in the pan then cut into 16 squares.
  8. Enjoy!
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  1. Haha, the names are strange! But these look delicious no matter what you call them!

    1. Yes it is funny and a bit confusing but they are tasty.

  2. I adore flapjacks, they are tasty, simple and quick to make and as you say, not too unhealthy :) These look fab and I'm with you on the chewy rather than crispy! Pinned, flipped, gummed and more!

  3. great visual explanation - your mention of original flapjacks being cooked porridge remind me of Sylvia's favourite slice (from a Katie Morag book) called porridgies which are baked oats with golden syrup, butter and not much else. Now I feel like a flapjack (but mine always fall apart) Wonder how the Scots and US came by the name flapjacks respectively!

    1. Yes that is the traditional recipe Johanna. As to the name I think it possibly came from England.

  4. This recipe is making me miss home! Must try making these.

  5. So funny, where I'm from, we call pancakes flapjacks. These look amazing and so healthy.

    1. Yes, it's a strange thing how names change and come to mean different things over the centuries.

  6. That's so funny, I was wondering where you were going with Scottish Flapjacks, but it's so true that we are two nations divided by one language! Lovely chewy flapjacks (Scottish)

  7. oh my freaking god, this sounds so amazing! i'll have to try it tomorrow, already making a list with all the ingredients! thanks for the recipe! if you wanna explore more vegan food recipes, feel free to head over to my blog eatwholegreens and browse through :)

    cheers, steffi |

    1. Do enjoy them and yes I'll pop over for a look Steffi :)

  8. I love your visual! I like all the ingredients you used and can imagine how good these taste.

  9. Ooh, I love these! My Grandma use to have these for us growing up (Gramps family was Scottish) but I never got the recipe before they passed. I'm looking forward to trying the real version again!

    1. Have a look on my recipe page for my full range of flapjack recipes. They are very easy to make.

  10. I love oats in pretty much everything and this looks really really good!

  11. I love the visual! I love pancakes and I love oats... these bars sounds super easy and something the kids can help out with and enjoy eating too. Everyone wins!

  12. Oh yum, these sound like an amazing little energy boosting snack! Always looking for little snacks I can take out and about with the kids - and these definitely fit the bill :)

    1. Yes they are the perfect snacks for kids and so easy to make.

  13. These look delicious, I really like the idea of the mashed banana in them. GG

    1. I add banana quite a lot actually. It makes them nice and chewy!

  14. I love oats and flapjacks are the perfect thing to make with them so you have a portable healthy snack

  15. That is SO funny that the Americans call Scotch Pancakes Flapjacks - weird!!!!! I haven't had a flapjack in AGES.... I need to try and make a Slimming World friendly adaptation...

  16. Chewy, definitely chewy. I love your visuals, so funny when you bump up against the Americanisms. GG


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