Orchard Fruit Flapjacks from The Happy Dog Cookbook!

That look on their faces when it’s treat time? Just wait until they’ve tried Sean’s Orchard Fruit Flapjacks from The Happy Dog Cookbook – a collection of 24 healthy, nutritious and tasty recipes, featuring family food expert and dog lover Annabel Karmel. 

This is one of our absolute faves – a fruity take on the traditional flapjack that’s howlingly good for humans and hounds alike. These flapjacks are the ultimate treat to take on long walks, a delicious and slow-release energy hit that your dog will work hard for. There’s a zingy bit of ginger too, which can help sensitive tummies.


  • 200g rolled oats
  • 1 apple, core and grated
  • 20 ripe blackberries
  • 1½  tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 egg, beaten


  • A 20-cm square baking tin
Head Vet Sean with the dogs


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan)/gas 6 and line the baking tin with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Place all of the ingredients in a saucepan and stir over a low heat for 3 minutes to melt the honey and combine everything well.
  3. Tip the mixture into the prepared baking tray. Smooth roughly level, then press the oats down firmly with the back of the spoon or a spatula.
  4. Bake the flapjacks in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until a light golden brown. Leave to cool, then remove from the tin and cut into bite-sized chunks.
  5. Serve sparingly as a high-reward treat.
  6. Store the flapjacks in an airtight container for up to a week, but if you taste one for yourself, chances are they won’t last that long.

We’d like to raise a paw to the amazing charity StreetVet, which helps homeless people and their dogs with free vet care. StreetVet will receive all the profits from The Happy Dog Cookbook. If you’d like to buy a copy, they’re available at Amazon, Foyles.co.uk, and Waterstones.com (Pssst! They make great stocking fillers!)

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    1. Hi Sandra,

      The recipe here makes 25 yummy flapjacks full of delicious cinnamon and ginger flavours (a tablespoon of each), but if you’d prefer to use less of the spices, that’s absolutely fine!

      You can even split the recipe in half and add a little extra honey for the humans – they’re delicious for both dog and owner.


  1. I made these yesterday (forgot to take a photo) and half of them have already gone – not only eaten by our gorgeous fur baby Ziggy, but by my husband and our son, who is currently staying with us during Lockdown, and me! They’re delicious! Have now ordered the book!!! (PS – I checked to see if I could give raspberries to Ziggy and it appears they are ok – as I didn’t have any blackberries I substituted these – they’ve gone down well!).

    1. Hi Sharon,

      We’re so glad they went down well! They’re my favourite from the book too! So yummy.


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