Can You Freeze Flapjacks?
Love yourself some homemade flapjacks? They taste delicious and are great for prepping because they last for a good few days, but can you freeze flapjacks? Keep reading to find out!
The humble flapjack. A soft, chewy, gooey, syrupy treat with an oaty caramel flavour. In my opinion, flapjacks are one of the most overlooked desserts. They do not get nearly as much love as they should! They may look simple and basic but their flavour and texture is incredible!
To be clear, I am talking about the good old British flapjack. UK flapjacks are not the same as the ones in the US. A US flapjack is a type of pancake- very different from the ooey, gooey, oaty flapjacks we know and love here!
Ingredients in flapjacks
Since you’re wondering, can you freeze flapjacks, let’s take a look at the ingredients in a typical homemade flapjack.
- Butter. Butter is used in many homemade baked goods. If you’re following a vegan flapjack recipe then you’d use vegan margarine instead. This is actually better for storing and freezing than butter because it’s made with vegetable oils instead of dairy.
- Oats. Oats are a dry ingredient and there are no problems freezing them when they’re incorporated into a recipe.
- Golden syrup. Golden syrup freezes perfectly fine. It’s usually made 100% of partially inverted sugar syrup.
- Brown sugar. Brown sugar is suitable for freezing, and works exceptionally well when incorporated into baked goods.
Surprisingly, those are the only ingredients you’ll need for a home made flapjack! You can add extra flavours and topping if you like, such as peanut butter, chocolate, fruit and nuts.
Commercial flapjacks will have a few more preservatives and perhaps flavour enhancers added but if you’re making them at home, 4 ingredients is all you need!
How long do they last?
If stored in the fridge, flapjacks will last around 1 week or so before going bad. If you store them in an airtight container, they’ll last closer to around 5 days. If you want them to last longer you can put them in the freezer.
So, can you freeze flapjacks?
Yes. Homemade flapjacks freeze very well. It’s a super handy snack to have in the freezer because it’s easy to defrost 1 piece at a time. Flapjacks can be frozen for 2-3 months. After this time, the quality will start to reduce and your flapjacks won’t taste or feel quite as nice.
What about different flavours?
Yes, it doesn’t matter! Flapjacks with fresh fruit in them, such as apple flapjacks or banana flapjacks, may not last quite as long in the freezer but they will still freeze well. Whether it’s original flapjacks, banana flapjacks, apple flapjacks or chocolate flapjacks, they will be just fine!
How to freeze flapjacks
There are few different ways that you can freeze these tasty treats:
- In an airtight container. This is always my go-to option for freezing baked goods. To prevent them from sticking together, you can place a sheet of baking paper in between the layers of slices.
- Pop them in a freezer bag. A great tip to prevent flapjacks from sticking together in a bag is to freeze them on a baking tray first. After two hours in the freezer, transfer them to a freezer bag and return to the freezer. Because the flapjacks will be hard, they won’t stick together when you put them back in the freezer.
- Wrap them tightly in tinfoil. This is best if you’re only planning to freeze the flapjacks for a short amount of time.
How to defrost them
Defrosting flapjacks is super easy. Just pop them onto a plate or wire rack and leave at room temperature for an hour or so until thawed. You can also leave them in the fridge overnight if you prefer. If you’re really in a rush to eat your flapjacks, you can heat them up in the microwave for around 30 seconds (per piece), straight from the freezer.
Can I refreeze flapjacks?
As with most baked goods, I don’t recommend refreezing flapjacks. Every time you freeze and defrost them, they will lose their texture a little more. It’s for this reason that you shouldn’t refreeze them, because the texture is the best part about flapjacks!
Can you freeze flapjacks? You sure can! Fruity flavours such as apple flapjacks or banana flapjacks may not last as long but can still be frozen. Flapjacks do not contain any ingredients that would destroy the texture or flavour when freezing. They can be defrosted in the fridge or at room temperature and should not be refrozen.