LPM Made This: Flapjacks for Labour

If you’ve had a gander at my Pre-baby Maternity Leave Bucket List, you’ll know that I wanted to make some flapjacks for labour to take to the hospital with me for labour. I’m not really sure where this idea came from, but I’ve been pretty set on it since we discussed labour in one of our NCT classes. I think there’s part of me that thinks baking flapjacks is a really ‘mumsy’ thing to do so I’m starting as I mean to go on…

With the shelf-life of the average flapjack lasting about a week, I’ve been holding off making them, but with 9 days left until due date – now seems a good a time as any. I can always whip up another batch if needed!

I used a recipe in my Grandma’s Recipe book that my Nan bought me for Christmas or birthday years ago. So simple: rolled oats, brown sugar, golden syrup, plain flour and raisins.

Flapjacks for Labour

Flapjacks for Labour


  • 115g/4oz salted butter
  • 200g/7oz rolled oats
  • 55g/2oz plain flour
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 85g/3oz soft brown sugar
  • 115g/4oz raisins


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°c/Gas Mark 4.
  2. Grease a 23cm square ovenproof dish or cake tin.
  3. Mix the rolled oats, flour and raisins in a large mixing bowl and stir together.
  4. Heat the sugar, butter and golden syrup in a saucepan over a low heat, stirring continuously until melted.
  5. Pour the melted mixture over the dry ingredients and mix well.
  6. Scoop the mixture into your greased tin and press down with the back of a spoon.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until golden and firm to the touch.
  8. Mark into pieces and leave to cool in the tin. When completely cooled, turn out and cut through with a sharp knife.
  9. Eat and enjoy!
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I have to say… I may have eaten the odd bit of mixture as I went along and it did all taste rather scrumptious. You can’t really go wrong with flapjacks though can you? The recipe above said that it would do about 16 flapjacks… but only if you are having TINY TINY little portions. I doubled up and still got 16 portions out of it. A labouring mamma needs hefty portions!

I’ve been warned to take a variety of foods to eat as you can never predict what you might fancy but so far, my instincts seem to have me packing lots of high sugar-high carb options. I’d love to hear about the foods you ate during labour if you’d like to share. Hopefully not long to go now…


  1. Fi Ni Neachtain
    May 12, 2016 / 10:06 am

    I love flapjacks! How lovely that you’re making your own for labour. I always had a chocolate chip one at my hospital appointments 🙂

  2. May 12, 2016 / 4:50 pm

    I love flapjacks. I couldn’t eat during labour, I vomited every time I ate or drank. I think I managed a couple of jelly babies near the end x
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  3. May 12, 2016 / 11:07 pm

    These look lovely! Wish I had something yummy like this. I didn’t get to eat anything in labour, was exhausted and starving after birth. Had to wait an hour for toast!
    Hopefully I’ll be more prepared next time

  4. May 13, 2016 / 11:10 am

    I love the smell of flapjacks as they are cooking and as a child, my Nan would serve them to us with custard as a dessert x
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  5. May 13, 2016 / 4:16 pm

    mmmm I LOVE FLAPJACK, this looks lovely.

  6. May 13, 2016 / 10:32 pm

    yummy, I do love flapjacks although doubt i’d be able to eat them during labour.

  7. May 24, 2016 / 11:07 am

    Flapjacks are just the best for any situation. All that sugar and butter is completely offset by the oats right?

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