Feelgood flapjacks

Feelgood flapjacks

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 1 hr

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes 12

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

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per flapjack

kcalories
218
protein
6g
carbs
29g
fat
8g
saturates
3g
fibre
4g
sugar
17g
salt
0.1g

Ingredients

  • 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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Method

  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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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

suzymhall'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.

rumenka's picture
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I have tasted it and it is delicious. Tasty, cheep, quick and healthy. Thats the way I love cooking.

jeanetteski's picture
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Sorry forget to rate + by the way, are these classed as glutton free?

jeanetteski's picture
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I thought these were really nice. I could not taste the banana, but I would have prefered to actually. I added some whole almonds as I did not have enough seeds and I think the texture was better for adding them, but overall a lovely, healthy cakey flapjack.

laurabee's picture
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This was lovely - my son has a peanut allergy so just added more honey and left out the peanut butter. Great!

alisoncox's picture
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These are ok but nothing special. Prefer other recipes. Not sweet enough for me. Husband did not like the taste of banana, (but I could not really taste it). Son wanted to know why we could not have eaten normal recipe.

Great recipe if being so healthy is important but would prefer different recipe or use more sugar/honey/syrup. Not a disaster but wont be doing again either.

kirstyp1548's picture
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I have had a stock of bananas in my freezer for a while from when they have gone past the point of when I will eat them as a snack (little fussy with my bananas). I've been looking for a recipe other than the usual banana bread to make with them.
I tried these last night and am so impressed, very easy to make and tasty. A welcome replacement for the usual sugary cereal bar.

I will be making these more often and will try them with different dried fruit.

Also if you are not a fan of the banana smell or taste, don't worry because apart from when you are handling the banana in the cooking section, you can't actually taste the banana. However, this may be because my bananas had been frozen.

lulu007's picture

Can you do this without the banana????

bowdenei's picture
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Everyone liked these and asked for the recipe. Just changed the regular apricots for unsulphered ones as I don't like the chemical after taste from the bright orange ones. Nice and moist.

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