I recently received some terrible news. Rakusen’s have discontinued their fruit flapjacks.
I can’t be alone in feeling devastated, as almost everyone I’ve mentioned it to has said, “but they’re the best thing they make!” Sadly, while people might love them, they apparently don’t sell as well as chocolate digestives and the like. Our kosher snack horizons have narrowed ever so slightly…
Desperate times call for desperate measures…
There was only one thing for it, and that was to get into the kitchen and make my own fruit flapjacks. I analysed the ingredients of the Rakusen’s flapjacks, and compared dozens of flapjack recipes, to work out what should go into mine to replicate the Rakusen’s ones as closely as possible. I used the nutritional information on the packet to gauge how much fat/sugar/fruit/etc to include. And eventually, having done my research, I put on my apron and got busy.
My preparations paid off. These lovely homemade fruit flapjacks are moist, chewy and dense, studded with delicious dried fruits. They have a wonderful rich sweet flavour from the syrup and coconut – I’m not sure I would have noticed the coconut in the originals if I hadn’t read the ingredients list, but the subtle flavour definitely helps to make these super-yummy. Thanks for the inspiration Rakusen’s!
And now the good news!
My copycat fruit flapjacks were a hit all round, and even got the seal of approval from my daughter Kipper – as you can see in the photo below! They are perfect lunchbox treats, after-school snacks, mid-morning energy boosters, or just a delicious mouthful with a cuppa whenever you need one.
They are also, pleasingly, super-easy to make. Just melt, stir, and bake! So, until someone starts a successful bring back the Rakusen’s fruit flapjack petition, I think I’ll be making these quite regularly.
I cut my flapjacks into 9 fingers, but you could probably get a few more or less depending on how you cut them.
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Copycat Rakusen's fruit flapjacks
- 75 g margarine or butter (1/3 cup)
- 75 g soft brown sugar (1/3 cup + 1 tbsp)
- 1 tbsp golden syrup
- 125 g porridge oats (1 1/3 cups)
- 35 g plain flour (1/4 cup + 1 tbsp)
- 50 g raisins or sultanas, or a mixture (1/4 cup)
- 25 g desiccated coconut (1/3 cup)
Preheat the oven to 180C (350F). Line a loaf tin with baking parchment.
In a medium saucepan, melt the margarine, brown sugar and syrup together over a moderate heat.
Remove the pan from the heat and add the oats, flour, dried fruit and coconut, and mix thoroughly to combine.
Turn the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and press down well. Bake at 180C (350F) for around 20 minutes until just golden on top.
Remove from the tin, score into fingers, and cool on a wire rack.
Eat and enjoy!