Cherry Bakewell Flapjacks

Do you remember those Mr Kipling Cherry Bakewells you used to have in your lunchbox as a child? You can still get them in the shops now; little jam tarts topped with glossy white icing and finished off with a ruby red glace cherry, but my goodness soooooo completely jam-packed full of sugar. Well, my Cherry Bakewell Flapjacks taste like those, but they’re healthier.

Cherry and almonds are a delicious combo, and my husband LOVES a Bakewell, so ever the one to take a much loved classic and ‘health it up’, I’ve come up with a recipe that takes the flavours of a cherry bakewell tart, but has none of the nasties.

Have a go and see what you think!

What’s In My Cherry Bakewell Flapjacks?


  • 400g Porridge Oats
  • 200g Unsalted Butter
  • 150ml Maple Syrup
  • 50g Ground Almonds
  • 50g Chopped Almonds

Cherry Jam

  • 100g Dried Sour Cherries
  • 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 tbsp Chia Seeds
  • Boiling Water to cover


50g Roasted Almond Flakes

How Do I Make Cherry Bakewell Flapjacks?

It’s best to start off by making the jam, as the cherries need time to soak. Put the cherries in a bowl along with the chia seeds and maple syrup and cover with boiling water. Give it a bit of a stir and then leave to soak for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt the butter and maple syrup in a saucepan, then remove from the heat and stir in the oats, ground almonds and shopped almonds until everything is combined.

Once the cherries have been soaking for 20 minutes, blend with a handblender until smooth and it looks like jam.

Pour and flatten the oat mixture into the base of a greased rectangular baking tin, then cover with the cherry jam.

Scatter the top with the roasted almond flakes and then cook in a moderate oven for 25 minutes.

Take the Cherry Bakewell flapjacks out of the oven and cut 15 squares, but leave to cool completely in the tin – they’ll fall apart if you try to remove them at this stage!

Once cool, go over the lines again with a sharp knife, remove and EAT!

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