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National Flapjack Day

March 7

When is National Flapjack Day?

National Flapjack Day happens on Thursday March 7, 2024.

National Flapjack Day: Celebrating the Oaty Delight on March 7th

Circle your calendars for March 7th, as we embrace the wholesome goodness of National Flapjack Day! While many might think of pancakes at the mention of ‘flapjacks,’ in the UK and other parts of the world, a flapjack is a deliciously sweet, oat-based treat, akin to a granola bar. Rich in oats, butter, and often sweetened with golden syrup or honey, flapjacks are a beloved snack perfect for any time of the day.

The Humble Flapjack: A History and Cultural Staple:

Flapjacks have been a staple in British teatime and snack culture for centuries. They date back to at least the 16th century, originally made with oats and sweet treacle. The beauty of flapjacks lies in their simplicity and versatility, making them a favorite among home bakers and professional chefs alike.

Celebrating National Flapjack Day:

  1. Bake Your Own: There’s nothing like homemade flapjacks. Experiment with classic recipes or add your own twist with ingredients like dried fruits, nuts, chocolate chips, or seeds.
  2. Flapjack Sharing: Share your homemade flapjacks with friends, family, or colleagues. It’s a great way to spread some joy and tasty treats.
  3. Flapjack Contest: Organize a flapjack-making contest. Challenge participants to come up with the most creative or delicious flapjack.
  4. Explore Flapjack Varieties: Use National Flapjack Day as an opportunity to explore different regional recipes and variations of this oaty delight.

Fun Flapjack Facts:

  • Flapjacks are often confused with pancakes in the US, but they are quite different. The American flapjack is another name for a thick pancake, while the British flapjack is more like a baked oat bar.
  • Flapjacks are not only delicious but also provide a good source of energy and fiber, thanks to their oat content.

Healthy Flapjack Twists:

For a healthier option, try making flapjacks with reduced sugar or substitute honey for golden syrup. You can also add in ingredients like flax seeds or chia seeds for an extra nutritional boost.

Kids’ Flapjack Fun:

Get kids involved in the kitchen on National Flapjack Day. Let them help with measuring, mixing, and adding in their favorite ingredients.

Flapjack Pairing Ideas:

  • Enjoy your flapjacks with a cup of tea or coffee as a mid-morning snack or afternoon treat.
  • Warm them slightly and serve with a dollop of yogurt or a scoop of ice cream for a decadent dessert.

Flapjack Around the World:

While you enjoy the British version of flapjacks, take a moment to explore how similar oat-based bars and treats are enjoyed in other cultures. From the granola bars in North America to muesli bars in Australia, the love for oaty snacks is universal.

National Flapjack Day is a perfect opportunity to appreciate the simple yet satisfying treat that has been a part of culinary traditions for generations. Whether you like them sticky and sweet or packed with fruits and nuts, flapjacks are a testament to the joys of simple baking. So, preheat your ovens, grab your oats, and let’s celebrate the delightful world of flapjacks!

When does National Flapjack Day happen next year?

National Flapjack Day will happen on the following upcoming dates:

  • Friday March 7, 2025
  • Saturday March 7, 2026
  • Sunday March 7, 2027
  • Tuesday March 7, 2028
  • Wednesday March 7, 2029


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