Feelgood flapjacks

Feelgood flapjacks

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 1 hr

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Makes 12

These healthier oat bars use bananas and apple to bind the mixture, so you can cut down on the fat and sugar

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  • 50g butter, plus a little extra for greasing
  • 2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 apple, peeled and grated
  • 250g rolled oats
  • 85g apricots, chopped
  • 100g raisins
  • 85g mixed seeds (we used pumpkin and sunflower)

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  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Grease and line a 20cm square tin with baking parchment. Heat the butter, peanut butter and honey or maple syrup in a small pan until melted. Add the mashed banana, apple and 100ml hot water, and mix to combine.
  2. Tip the oats, the dried fruit and the seeds into a large bowl. Pour in the combined banana and apple and stir until everything is coated by the wet mixture. Tip into the cake tin and level the surface. Bake for 55 mins until golden. Leave to cool in the tin. Cut into 12 pieces to serve or store in an airtight container in the fridge. They will keep for up to 3 days.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, April 2013

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janjan87's picture

I agree with other comments, definitely not a flapjack but a great snack nevertheless! Stuck to the recipe as stated as I pretty much had it all the ingredients in my cupboard. You could definitely use the recipe as a base and change the fruits/seeds to suit your taste or to whatever you have at home! The flapjacks do taste like they are lacking something, I would definitely made these again as others have suggested with a tsp of cinnamon and grated orange zest. Other than that, it's nice to know you're munching on a snack that's full of goodness :)

marzipanfeind's picture
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Nice recipe. I agree with other comments though - this isn't flapjack! Makes a great snack or a very convenient breakfast. My dried fruit/nut/seed combo, based on what I had in the cupboard was: dates, apricots, coconut, peanuts, sesame seeds. Great to have another way to use up old bananas, and an apple that was past its best too!

CatJam's picture

I really like these. Not like normal flapjacks. A bit more bread like but I like them. I used almond butter as I'm alergic to all other nuts and 50g of coconut oil instead of butter to make it healthier. I put some chopped almonds in for a bit of crunch and you can use any dried fruit. I used apricots and dates as well as the seeds. Really tasty and freeze well. I also reduced the amount of water to about 30-50ml following the advice of other reviews and 1tsp of cinnamon and grated orange zest, good tips from other reviewers. I've made one batch with raw honey and one with pure maple syrup. I think the maple syrup makes them a little sweeter compared to the honey.

IzzyWizzyBizzy's picture
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Thought these were ok, I have to agree with other comments regarding the texture - more bread pudding than flapjack and I even left out the 100ml of water to avoid it. That being said, the flavour is nice - sweet from the fruit but not overly so. Wish I had remembered to follow the tips here to add some cinnamon, will try to remember for next time.

My fruit/veg-phobe 2 year old absolutely loved them without realising mummy was sneaking a load of fruit into him! No added sugar, high fruit content, filling = perfect toddler snack.

christinelove's picture

As suggested by other bakers, I added cinnamon (1tsp) and less water (60ml). I also used dried cranberries and sultanas as didn't have apricots or raisins. Had a wee taste before putting in the tin and decided to add grated zest of an orange. Bingo! They were great!
Altogether a very flexible recipe. Will be naughty and try chocolate chips!

brattanc's picture

I made these as a treat for my running club. They went down very well after our race, there was only a few crumbs left. Will be making them again. Very easy to make too.

bikerbell's picture

I'm Afraid I didn't like these at all. Husband thought they were like bread pudding and so ate nearly the whole lot in one evening! Won't be making again.

jess7384's picture

Added some cinnamon and a touch of nutmeg and ginger to complement earthy flavour. Used semi dried cranberries (as I had them) instead of apricots. I enjoyed these but the texture was a bit gooey in the middle so next time I'll add less water, if any.

Jost's picture

Yum! Love this recipe! Just added tsp of cinnamon, delicious

carlpettman's picture

I didnt have all of the ingredients listed above, so using the recipe as a base I used, one banana, saltanas, walnuts toasted sesame seeds, ground ginger and homemade plum jam. Instead of water I used home made cider.

MrsDomican's picture

Found this recipe whilst looking for a way to use up ripe bananas that wasn't banana bread. Looked really good & quite easy to get my toddler involved. We didn't have many of the right ingredients but i'd already said we'd make them! We had no peanut butter so used Nutella, porridge oats instead of rolled oats, no raisins so used mini marshmallows and added an extra mashed banana. May have made added a few calories.
Still tasted yummy, especially the apricots and bananas. Hold together well too.
Highly recommend this recipe as it appears you can change ingredients very successfully!

cupcakemom's picture
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Delicious will be making them again I didn't have apricots so I just added some extra raisins and mixed fruit yum

suzymmorton's picture
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Delicious and more-ish. I omitted the seeds but they still tasted amazing.

Pee's picture

I have made several batches of these now and to save time I use a food processor to do the banana, apricot and berries. I have also stopped adding water as prefer the texture without and they still hold together well. Hubby and I love these flapjacks.

Pee's picture

I try to cook with ingredients I have already so I replaced the apricots with chopped dates and the raisins with dried cherries and berries and also used porridge oats..... admittedly I`d forgotten to put the dates in and realised about 5 mins after I`d put the dish in the oven so I simply poked them into the mixture, levelled it back off and put it back in the oven.... yum yum. I will definately re-use this recipe.

Chantel best's picture

Great feel good flapjacks tasty and nice and quick stores well

sllyst's picture

Really impressed with these. I didn't think they would hold together but they do beautifully, whilst still being moist. I will admit to a drizzle of dark chocolate on the top of these as i did on the old flapjacks i used to make but wanted a healthier version without the kids noticing, bingo!

martasaurus_rex's picture

I made these exactly as the recipe said and they turned out perfect. I love the flavours, the texture and the fact that they use fruit to cut down on the fat. They're lasting well in the fridge and working well as replacements for other sweet and fatty snacks.

lolomuds's picture
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These are a good cupboard filler for those with hungry toddlers/children at home. I followed the majority of the recipe but didn't have an apple or seeds so used a two small handfuls of crushed all-bran cereal. I wizzed the apricots up in hand blender with a splash of hot water. My 18mth old & 3 yr old enjoyed these for their mid morning snack and I am pleased knowing they are eating something with some nutritional value. I would add some cinnamon spice next time.

Frantic Flapjack's picture
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If you are looking for a traditional sugar laden flapjack then this won't be for you but if you're looking for a less sweet, nutritious, energy giving bar then I would highly recommend this. Natural tasting and packed with great ingredients.