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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 2.87 / 5 (78 votes)

Prep time:
10 min
Cook time:
30 min

Full of crunchy sweet goodness, Rachel Allen’s easy-peasy snacks make the perfect lunchbox treat


1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas mark 4, then grease the sides of the Swiss roll tin (23 x 30cm ) with butter and line the base with baking parchment.

2. Place the prepared apples in a food processor and pulse a few times until they’re in small pieces. Add the butter and sugar and cream together for 20 seconds or so, then add all the remaining ingredients and pulse just until mixed.

3. Tip the mixture into the prepared tin and place the pecans on top, spaced apart to form an even grid (4 x 3). Bake for 25–30 minutes or until risen and golden, then remove from the oven and leave in the tin
to cool down completely.

4. When cool, cut into 12 bars, each with one pecan on top, and remove from the tin.

Text © Rachel Allen 2012. Photography © Philip Webb 2012.
Recipe from:


  • 2 eating apples, (unpeeled), cored, cut into quarters and roughly chopped
  • 150 g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 150 g soft brown sugar
  • 50 g porridge oats
  • 2 eggs
  • 200 g self-raising flour
  • 50 g pecans, plus 12 to decorate

Tips and suggestions

These will keep for 4–5 days in an airtight container.

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Latest Comment


Hi Jacqui, thanks for your comment - you're right, this is more of a cake take on a flapjack, let us know what you think if you make it.

Anna -Good Food Anna -Good Food  Posted 04 Jun 2014 10:01 AM

why do you need eggs and flour in flapjack? this is more of an oaty apple cake.

jacquiP89885 jacquiP89885  Posted 30 May 2014 9:46 PM

I'm always on the lookout for recipes using apples because we have three prolific trees. I love this recipe because I don't have to peel the apples and can chuck everything into the food processor. And of course, the result was yummy

brrm brrm brrm brrm  Posted 14 Nov 2013 5:12 PM

Love this recipe was looking for something for school bake will be using this one, family enjoyed it

DebbiB74569 DebbiB74569 Posted 17 Oct 2012 10:07 AM