Fuel My Friday: Laura Stephens' feel good Flapjack's

4 Oct 2019

Preseason training is well underway, with those early morning starts and big training days - so here's a homemade feelgood snack idea to help keep your energy levels boosted!

Butterfly specialist Laura Stephens made her first World Championships final in 2019, after securing selection with a personal best and silver medal in the 200m Butterfly at the British Swimming Championships. This week recipe is a feel good fruity flapjack from the Plymouth Leander swimmer.

Over to you Laura…

I'll quite often make these blueberry flapjacks at the weekend and then I've got a batch ready for throughout the week as a snack before training.


  • 150g butter
  • 4tbsp golden syrup
  • 275g porridge oats
  • 100g light brown soft sugar
  • ½ lemon zest grated
  • 125g fresh blueberries


  • Preheat the oven to 180C (160C fan). Grease and line a shallow 20cm square tin with parchment or greaseproof paper.
  • Place the butter, sugar and Golden Syrup into a medium pan, add the lemon zest then heat gently until melted.
  • Stir in the oats, and when coated gently fold in the blueberries. Turn into the tin, level and press the mixture evenly and firmly with the back of a spoon.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until golden. Remove from the oven allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before cutting into squares whilst still warm. Cool completely before turning out onto a board and cutting again with a sharp knife.