Feelgood flapjacks

Feelgood flapjacks

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(99 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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Kaye Howells's picture
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.
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.


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