Sticky Date Flapjacks



The dates for the MFB challenge seems to be coming one after the other at the blink of an eye! Before I even realize, I am mostly skittling through to cook and finish the post for the challenge. You can see the previous challenge posts here.


This month, our challenge was to cook from a food blog run by a Muslimah and this month, we chose “This Muslim Girl Bakes“. This is one of my favorite blogs to gawk at. She has a very impressive Instagram presence as well. Apart from Pakistani delicacies, she posts a lot of lovely bakes that you can resist. Most of her posts are accompanied by step by step pictures, followed by a lot of pictures of the final product itself. I had a hard time trying to select one recipe from her blog. I have already tried her Pakistani Chicken Pulao and my Mujadara stemmed out of inspiration from her post. I kept jumping from one recipe to another, trying hard to decide. From the Sooji Halwa to the Frozen Hot Chocolate to the gluten free browniesΒ – which I almost baked, to the French Fries Pizza, I kept moving up and down.






That was when I was reminded about my dates paste begging me to finish it off, so I started searching to make use of it, and landed up on her Sticky Madinah Flapjacks recipe. Now, a flapjack is the UK name for an oat bar – sounds really nice to say, right? πŸ˜€ The reason why she called them so is because she used up dates that she had bought from Madinah to make the filling. The recipe was really simple, I just had enough rolled oats in my fridge to finish, so I decided, this had to be it. I got the ball rolling on a weekend. The recipe comes together so easily, since I used the paste to do the filling.


I prepared half the recipe in a 4 inch pan and cut them into small 16 squares. The first day, there was no movement at all. I was worried if I would have to trash the whole thing. I stored it in a small box and kept it on my kitchen counter-top. Within 4 days, everything got over. πŸ˜€ B had couple of pieces as his evening snack with his chai till it got over, with the girls picking up a small portion for themselves. Rasha isn’t fond of anything with dates, but Azza did enjoy a couple of pieces. I couldn’t taste it since I am off desserts till I lose weight, but I must tell you, they smelled so good that I kept inhaling them and imaging how delicious these would have tasted. πŸ˜‰ Since making this is really easy, you could make them for a potluck as a variety of dessert. Off to the recipe…






Sticky Date Flapjacks

Course Dessert
Cuisine UK
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 -8
Author Rafeeda


  • 100 gm date paste
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 100 gm butter
  • 50 gm brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 150 gm rolled oats


  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease and line a 4 inch square pan.
  • Combine the date paste, water and baking soda in a saucepan and heat on low flame. The mixture will start bubbling. Break down the paste into a smooth mixture. Set aside.
  • Melt the butter, brown sugar and golden syrup into a smooth mixture. Add the oats and toss well to combine.
  • Add half the oats mixture into the preparped pan and press down.
  • Spread the date mixture on top. Spread the remaining oats mixture and flatten well.
  • Bake for 40 minutes till set.
  • Take out the flapjack from the pan and cool on wire rack. Cut and serve.


If using dates, weigh the dates after pitting them. Add water to it level and baking soda and cook on low flame till the mixture froths up and the dates start breaking up. Switch off and drain the dates. Measure out 2 tbsp water and add to the broken dates. Grind the mixture till smooth. Use as required.


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  1. Sounds good Rafeeda! Just when I was about to ask on the date paste I saw your foot note:)

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ria… πŸ™‚

  2. YUmmm. I love flapjacks, but usually made the plain ones, I like this idea of making it with the date paste.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Nammi…

  3. They look chewy and very delicious!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Angie…

  4. These look awesome and a healthy recipe too!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Ruxana…

  5. awesome recipe … loved the fusion recipe selection…yum

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Nisa…

  6. This recipe sounds so delicious!Pictures are so inviting Rafeeda!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Shazia…

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