Feelgood flapjacks

Feelgood flapjacks

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(70 ratings)

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

    Peanut butter

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    Peanut butter starts with dry roasting peanuts, which concentrates and heightens their flavour…

  • 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 bananas, 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
    Two piles of oats



    Oats are processed by rolling (steamed and pressed) or steel-cutting (cut into pieces). There is…

  • 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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mr molasses
14th Mar, 2019
I have to agree with some other commentators here, in that I can't understand how this is so high rated. I made the Guardian version, power up bars, which is basically a 50% increase in tin size and all ingredients except dried fruit, and swapping roasted chopped almonds for the mixed seeds. However it doesn't change the basic consistency which is far too damp, and quite tasteless akin to slightly solidified porridge. Even the dark chocolate (in the Guardian's case) or, I suspect, orange rind or cranberries which other people have suggested adding doesn't really alter the fact that the base recipe is flawed. And it will only last 3 days as I can confirm, mine went mouldy outside of the fridge in a sealed container, I suspect it would go mouldy inside too as it's just so soggy. IMHO, pointless waste of your time and money, make something else!
Hannah Leach
18th Jul, 2018
Really good recipe - based on others advice I added half a teaspoon of cinnamon and an extra tablespoon of maple sirup. I used 50 ml of orange juice instead of water. I agree it doesn’t need more water than that and actually I had to add extra oats as was still too wet. I don’t think it needs the extra table spoon of maple sirup as they were quite sweet. However all together delicious!
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16th Mar, 2018
Made this to the recipe with just an addition of some cinnamon and cranberries instead of raisins . They are really fruity and perfect healthy snack which go well with a cup of tea. Don’t know why others had issues. Recipe works perfectly well.
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Ann Slattery
2nd Mar, 2018
Not a good flapjack. I was pleased with the selection of healthy ingredients. But it just doesn't work. No way do u need 100ml of water - you would end up with mush. I used 1 TBSP orange juice + cinnamon + ginger + orange zest. Yet still no taste. How did this get so many stars?
26th Feb, 2018
Took on board the suggestions for less water (used around 50ml), added some orange zest and also some cinnamon and ginger, taste great!
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Kaye Howells
22nd Jan, 2018
I found 55mins too long for my LPG RANGEMASTER oven. The top burnt. I would suggest GAS MASK 2 for these ovens. Otherwise, super recipe and great for energy on long cycle rides.
22nd Oct, 2017
Need more peanut butter, or spread it on top.
17th Oct, 2017
Good with minor adjustments: 1) don’t add the water, 2) add 75g butter, 3) add 1/4 tsp salt, 4) dash of vanilla, 5) 1/4 cup brown sugar in addition to the sugars already in the recipe, 6) add 1/2 tsp cinnamon; 1/4 ground ginger & nutmeg (as inspired by Manamana below). It’ll be the bomb then. I’m aware these changes will make it slightly less ‘healthy’ but eaten in moderation as part of a balanced diet it should be fine.
26th Mar, 2017
Not that great, very bland even with all the extra flavours added. I can appreciate the healthiness of them, but my toddlers who usually gobble up everything weren't keen at all. The texture wasn't that great either
15th Feb, 2017
These were excellent, I added an extra banana that needed using, rehydrated chia seeds and cinnamon (of course.) Note that I blitzed the oats in a blender to a near but not quite meal consistency. My other big change was that I cooked them in a low (140) oven for an hour longer than the stated cooking time- it worked, delicately golden all over and a great consistency all the way through.


8th Feb, 2016
how do I print a recipe. I have a Mac desktop. I click on Print but nothing happens
7th Jan, 2014
Are these flapjacks suitable for freezing?
5th Dec, 2018
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