Healthier flapjacks

Healthier flapjacks

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(10 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Makes 12
A healthier version of traditional fruit and nut bars that are packed with seeds, oats and agave syrup - perfect for snacking and lunchboxes

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal190
  • fat8.2g
  • saturates1.3g
  • carbs23.6g
  • sugars15.8g
  • fibre3.2g
  • protein4.4g
  • salt0.1g
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  • 150g ready-to-eat stoned date



    Dates are one of the oldest cultivated fruits - it's thought that they were a staple part of…

  • 100g low-fat spread
  • 3 generous tbsp agave syrup
    Agave syrup

    Agave syrup

    Agave syrup (also known as agave nectar) is a naturally occurring sweetener similar in…

  • 50g ready-to-eat stoned dried apricot, finely chopped
  • 50g chopped toasted hazelnut



    Grown in Europe and the US, hazelnuts are encased in a smooth, hard brown shell but are most…

  • 3 tbsp mixed seed
  • 50g raisin
  • 150g porridge oat


  1. Heat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Line an 18cm square tin with baking parchment. Put the dates into a food processor and process until they are finely chopped and sticking together in clumps.

  2. Put the low-fat spread, agave syrup and dates into a saucepan and heat gently. Stir until the low-fat spread has melted and the dates are blended in. Add all the remaining ingredients to the pan and stir until well mixed. Spoon the mixture into the tin and spread level.

  3. Bake in the oven for 15-20 mins until golden brown. Remove and cut into 12 pieces. Leave in the tin until cold. Store in an airtight container.

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Comments (19)

Amplified busking menace's picture

I've just made these, my first ever flapjacks, and they are absolutely delicious! After reading some of the other comments on here, I substituted the low fat spread for butter and the agave syrup for honey. My partner and I have started training for a half marathon and we seem to be hungry all the time so great to have some handy snacks packed full of oats, fruit, nuts and seeds. Will definitely be making again, thank you for this awesome recipe :-)

kazak's picture

I went out of my way to get this agave stuff- don't bother, it's horrible stuff , best to use good old honey with some flavour- the agave isn't a "health food" it's just a non- dimensional sweetener, with slightly less calories than honey.
The recipe itself will be lovely minus tfe agave- I can't have nuts so I used a few cranberries- will make again with honey! Agave is going back to the health food shop.

debandlola's picture

This flapjack is delicious and holds together well, despite my initial concerns when I took it out of the oven. I replaced the low-fat spread with butter as a personal preference. I will definitely be making it again, not just because of the great taste but because it's a sweet snack that is also nutritious...

... which brings me to my point about the recipe's name, which seems to be a problem for a number of members. I wanted to add to the discussion that actually a food can't be 'healthy'. Only a person can be healthy (or not) and a food can contribute to a person's health depending on what their health goal is, which isn't always about reducing calories and losing weight, but can be about including more of a particular nutrient in their diet.

What can be said about this flapjack is that it is more 'nutritious' than standard flapjack, due to the dried fruit and seed content, which is high in iron, calcium, vitamin E and other nutrients like manganese and potassium depending on which seeds are used. So if you want to include more of these nutrients in your diet to be healthier, then this flapjack is for you!

GFW's picture

Used golden syrup and butter. Looked a little dry once blended but texture fine once cooked. I like the high dried fruit content in these flapjacks with its benefits of fibre and nutrients. In my book this makes them healthIER than most of the 'healthy' snack bars in the shops which are mostly sugar.

darlybabe's picture

I used butter instead of low fat spread and honey instead of the agave syrup. We wanted to eat something other than a chocolate bar at lunchtime and contained nuts, seeds, fruit etc, and this recipe was exactly what I was looking for. I make them every week for my husband and I who doesn't normally eat nuts and seeds, but these are delicious. Hopefully they are better than the chocolate bars!

katiabh's picture

These are marked as healthIER , don't think they claim to be healthy. But if you compare them to traditional flapjacks, then yes they are healthier.

Animara's picture

Low fat spread and Agave syrup are not healthy - low fat spread generally contains trans fats and Agarve is mostly fructose which can not be used but the body - I beg to differ that these are healthy

teashoptrotter's picture

Just made these for the family, delicious.

key2307's picture

As a nutritional coach myself I have to agree with the majority of comments posted. Calvin wasn't commenting on the taste or flavour or whether they are good or not. He was commenting on the use of the word 'healthy' which as mentioned people will just follow blindly because they might not know as much as others about health and nutrition.

Just because the macro values are lower or higher than a standard recipe, does not mean they are outright healthier. There are good fats and bad fats, good carbs and bad carbs, and good proteins and better proteins, so its not so much about the values, as about the actual ingredients!

Replace the margarine/spread with coconut oil and the agave syrup with organic almond butter and this becomes 'healthy'

LavenderLifeUK's picture

Calvin is completely right. Never mind about the flavour (how it taste like has nothing to do with healthy) or beliefs (something is healthy or is not healthy!). What does believe have to do with it?! It doesn't take a bright brain to know that what Calvin is saying is correct. Just do some research! A lot of people couldn't care less for healthy food. But a lot of people care and will just follow the word "healthy" on this recipe. They shouldn't have used the word healthy.

roseleanor's picture

I'm sure these are delicious, but I must agree with Calvin - they are not really any healthier than other versions, so the name is somwhat misleading. Compare the nutritional content of these flapjacks (190 kcalories, protein 4.4g, carbohydrate 23.6g, fat 8.2 g, saturated fat 1.3g, fibre 3.2g, sugar 15.8g, salt 0.1 g) with the nutritional content in the Breakfast bar recipe on this site (205 kcalories, protein 3g, carbohydrate 25g, fat 10 g, saturated fat 5g, fibre 2g, sugar 17g, salt 0.2 g ).
The "healthier" version saves you 15 calories, has the fat reduced by by a whopping 1.8g, and the sugar is an equally massive 1.2g less per serving. And for anybody following the Weight Watchers plan, these are still 5 ProPoints per serving.

fairystoryteller's picture

Cooked these this weekend and family polished them off very quickly. We liked them! So despite earlier comments I would recommend especially for people (like me) who are looking for recipes to reduce their overall fat consumption.

debpet666's picture

How about rating the recipe on its merits not your beliefs. Not everyone wants to eat butter. Thanks Maza for your review I will give them a go!

wakeup2nwo's picture

Totally agree with Calvin, ANYONE who states that margarine is any kind of good for you is either ignorant or stupid - everyone should boycott margarine and only ever buy REAL butter! I have tried with butter and honey and yum yum :)

bowlofcustard's picture

Not everyone can eat butter, so it is good to have an alternative. :)

mazam86's picture

These were fantastic tasted just like the full fat version, dont listen to the muppet who rated it as a 1star without even cooking them

louisa_holbrook's picture

Agree with Calvin, I will be making these with the ingredients they were meant to be made with, namely real butter and true syrup.

kazak's picture

I agree agave stuff is horrid x

calvin1's picture

These are certainly NOT healthy! low-fat spread? is that a joke - margarine is full of vegetable oils and trans fats that cause inflammation. Real butter is much healthier. And agave syrup is not healthy - it has a low GI (so does ice cream!) but it is too high in fructose to be classed as healthy, much like high-fructose corn syrup! Make flapjacks with real butter and maple syrup is much healthier!

Questions (2)

Mrs Cookie's picture

My flapjacks have come out crumbly when cut. Do I need to cook them for longer?
I worry about overcooking them.

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi there, thanks for getting in touch. The flapjacks may have been underbaked - these flapjacks are slightly crumblier than ones with a higher sugar content. Thanks, BBC Good Food web team

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