Zero-waste recipes & tips feat. Betty Rose Bakes – versatile flapjack recipe

This is the first in a series of zero-waste recipe features for the Shop Zero blog. And we’re pleased to be joined by Sam Rose of Betty Rose Bakes.

At Shop Zero we love to support other local companies who share our ethics

Betty Rose Bakes is a local baking business with a focus on local and seasonal ingredients (we love that!). Sam runs her small, baking business from her home in Mapperley, Nottingham. She creates beautiful, rustic cakes and breads inspired by what nature has to offer.

Locally-sourced ingredients

Sam loves to focus on locally-sourced produce as far as possible. This, of course, reduces the food miles of her bakes. She loves to forage and use seasonal ingredients from local growers.

Sam has often been known to swap one of her bakes in exchange for locally grown fruits, herbs, vegetables and edible flowers from gardens and allotments in her neighbourhood. Moreover, she uses 100% natural ingredients in her bakes with no artificial anything. 

Sam’s zero waste ethics

Betty Rose Bakes endeavours to utilise ingredients with plastic-free packaging as much as she can. Although it is not always 100% possible, Shop Zero is a go-to for many of the ingredients she uses in her creations!

So onto the recipe…

Betty Rose Bakes ‘Simple Flapjack recipe’

This recipe uses some of the lush ingredients from Shop Zero Nottingham and suggests other ingredients from the shop that you could add depending on what flavours you like to eat!

Sam says, “Today, I’m going to share a basic flapjack recipe including the recipe ideas that my 9-year old son, Louie created over Lockdown using additional Shop Zero ingredients.

“The great thing about flapjacks is that once you have a really good basic recipe, you can then start to experiment with different flavours. Also, it can be easily adapted to suit vegan or gluten free diets. Moreover, it’s a really easy recipe to make with children. And seeing as it’s half term, why not give it a try?”

Flapjack Ingredients:

Simple flapjack recipe IngredientsLouie’s flapjack recipe additions
Add to the Simple flapjack recipe
Why not add…
250 g Shop Zero organic oats (you can use Gluten Free oats if required)100g Shop Zero mixed dried fruitOrganic Chocolate chips
150g butter (or vegan butter alternative)50g Shop Zero organic desiccated coconutMaybe chopped nuts
75g Shop Zero soft light brown sugar Or seeds
3 tbsp golden syrupAll available at Shop Zero Nottingham!   
Flapjack ingredients and great ideas for recipe additions


  • Grease and line a square baking tin e.g a brownie tin.
  • Melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup on a low heat in a pan.
  • Take the pan off the stove and stir in the oats until everything is mixed together well.
  • Pour the mixture into the tin and push it down well into the corners, making sure that it is spread out nice and even.
  • Bake in the oven at 180c, or 160c (fan oven) for approx. 25 mins or until golden brown.
  • Score the flapjack as soon as it is out of the oven and leave to set. 
  • When it is cold, cut along the scored lines, and put into a seal tight container. 

The flapjacks should keep for about a week, if you don’t eat them all beforehand!

Zero waste tip:

Golden syrup tins look great as plant containers or utensil pots so once you have got to the bottom of the tin, clean it out and use it as a plant container or pop your cutlery into it and pop it on your dining table!

2 thoughts on “Zero-waste recipes & tips feat. Betty Rose Bakes – versatile flapjack recipe”

  1. We’re so glad that you like this feature. We’re hoping to have more recipes and guests. And maybe get Sam and Louie back too! Thanks for your comment!


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