Feelgood flapjacks

Feelgood flapjacks

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(100 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 a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 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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4th Jul, 2020
Simple and tasty - having read lots of positive and negative comments, I added only half the liquid (apple juice), and they came out perfectly! They're quite apple-flavoured, so I may use orange juice next time instead.
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Sadie Faye
27th Apr, 2020
Delicious! I added less water and cinnamon as other people have suggested and the texture was lovely. Froze what we didn't eat straight away in small pieces for lunches and snacks.
22nd Apr, 2020
Worked really well. Mixture held together when I cut them into squares. Nice consistency. I made up the 85g of seeds with a combo of pumpkin, sunflower, linseed and sesame. Replaced one banana with some date syrup. Will definitely make these again.
30th Mar, 2020
Good recipe, used exactly as is and the rest of the family really enjoyed it. High ration of extras compared to oats giving a different flavour in every bite. Good way to use up the cupboard ingredients in these times of isolation.
Scientific Waffle
18th Feb, 2020
Really good recipe, left out the dried fruit and added flax seeds and cinnamon. I used the full amount of water and texture was bready, but really nice. Great as a low sugar energy boost. I will definitely be making these again!
9th Jan, 2020
Love this recipe, I swap the butter for coconut oil and add a good dash of cinnamon or mixed spice when I am making them. I usually cover with tin foil when baking them to ensure they cook through and then remove the foil for the last 5/10 mins of cooking to get a yummy crispy top.
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?


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?
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Sadie Faye
27th Apr, 2020
Yes, I froze in small chunks and defrosted them in the fridge in a couple of hours. They were just as good as before freezing.
5th Dec, 2018
11 smartpoints
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