Feelgood flapjacks

Feelgood flapjacks

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(71 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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1st Dec, 2016
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.
30th Sep, 2016
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.
26th May, 2016
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!
17th Apr, 2016
Delicious and easy! I added cinnamon and orange zest, and replaced seeds with walnuts.
1st Apr, 2016
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.
29th Mar, 2016
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!
20th Mar, 2016
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.
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16th Mar, 2016
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.
23rd Oct, 2015
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 :)
19th Jun, 2015
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!


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