Feelgood flapjacks

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 1 hr


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: per flapjack

  • kcal218
  • fat8g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs29g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre4g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.1g
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  • 50g butter, plus a little extra for greasing



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp honey or maple syrup



    Honey is made by bees from the nectar they collect from flowers. Viscous and fragrant, it's…

  • 2 ripe banana, mashed



    Probably the best known, most popular tropical fruit, their name probably derives from the…

  • 1 apple, peeled and grated



    Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…

  • 250g rolled Oats
  • 85g dried apricot, chopped
  • 100g raisin
  • 85g mixed seed (we used pumpkin and sunflower)


  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.

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Comments (36)

manamana's picture

Made these with crunchy peanut butter instead of smooth, honey rather than maple syrup, dates instead of apricots. I added 3/4 tsp cinnamon, a pinch of ground ginger and a pinch of ground nutmeg and a tbsp of orange juice. I left out the water. Thanks previous commenters!
I sliced into 8 good-sized bars, rather than 12 tiny squares.
First one, warm from the tin, is delicious.

welshpenguin's picture

These are great! I made half the quantity, used crunchy PB, a mix of raisins and dates for the fruit and sunflower and sesame seeds for the seeds. I soaked the fruit in hot water for a while before I used it, I drained it off and didn't add more hot water. I also added some cinnamon (thanks to the previous comments). I'm not keen on cooked banana but I couldn't taste it. Really good balance of sweetness and good texture. I would make these again.

calamarielou's picture

Tasty and healthy :) Used egg to bind first time due to lack of banana and apple, and they were less "bread-y" than the latter, but still delicious. Also swapped in coconut oil instead of butter. Probably cancelled the benefits by drizzling some dark chocolate over them as a treat but it was 70% so that's ok right? :) Will try the cinnamon next time!

mirjambrady's picture

Delicious and easy! I added cinnamon and orange zest, and replaced seeds with walnuts.

geocass's picture

Definitely not a flapjack, but they were very nice. A great way to use up ripe bananas. I swapped apricots for dates and goji berries (As that's what I had in the cupboard) and added some chia seeds. I didn't add any water. I thought the consistency of the mix was fine without it as the grated apple let out quite a lot of water anyway.

holsv93's picture

These were so so delicious. Probably the best flapjack recipe I've ever tried and virtually guilt-free, win win!! My family and friend demolished the batch I made in seconds. Oh and I added coconut flakes to mine for a bit of something extra!

carrotcustard's picture

Made it according to the recipe for the first time, was surprised at how bland it managed to be considering all yummy components. It was softer and more cakey than a flapjack and I think next time I think I'd use the same ingredients to make fruity muffins instead. Recommend checking out the comments below for adding more flavour, don't think I'd make it again myself.

mishchiefmia's picture

Great recipe, following comments I blended the banana, apricots and raisins in a blender, added a teaspoon of cinnamon and just a splosh of water. I used almond butter as I have a peanut allergy and rice malt syrup.

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

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

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

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


Questions (2)

goldsmithgerry's picture

how do I print a recipe. I have a Mac desktop. I click on Print but nothing happens

danielle.larter's picture

Are these flapjacks suitable for freezing?

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