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Palm Oil Free Treats - 8. Flapjack

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With ever increasing awareness about the negative effects that the palm oil industry is having on the environment, it remains a great shame that more and more everyday products seem to contain it. However, as companies are permitted to list it as "vegetable oil" in their ingredients consumers are unable to make an informed decision.

The worst thing for many consumer-level palm oil activists is not just the fact that basic products contain it, but also that those rare indulgences are now a thing of the past with palm oil found (but listed as vegetable oil) in all kinds of treats including chocolate, sweets, ice cream and numerous types of biscuit. So, at A-Z Animals we have prepared a number of palm oil free recipes for you to enjoy!

Treat 8: Flapjack


250g oats
150g softened butter, cubed
75g golden syrup
75g caster sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C/356 °F/gas mark 4. Grease and line a baking tray with unbleached greaseproof paper.
  2. Place the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a saucepan and heat over a low-medium heat until melted and well mixed.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the oats until well combined.

  4. Pour the mixture into the baking tray, pressing down until flat.
  5. Bake in the oven for 20 - 25 minutes or until the tops are golden. Cut into equal slices in the tin while still hot.
  6. Leave to cool on a wire rack under a slightly damp cloth to prevent them from drying out. They can be kept for a few days in an airtight container.
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