Healthier flapjacks

Healthier flapjacks

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(28 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Makes 12
A healthier version of traditional fruit and nut bars that are packed with seeds, oats and agave syrup - perfect for snacking and lunchboxes

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal190
  • fat8.2g
  • saturates1.3g
  • carbs23.6g
  • sugars15.8g
  • fibre3.2g
  • protein4.4g
  • salt0.1g


  • 150g ready-to-eat stoned date



    Dates are one of the oldest cultivated fruits - it's thought that they were a staple part of…

  • 100g low-fat spread
  • 3 generous tbsp agave syrup
    Agave syrup

    Agave syrup

    Agave syrup (also known as agave nectar) is a naturally occurring sweetener similar in…

  • 50g ready-to-eat stoned dried apricot, finely chopped
  • 50g chopped toasted hazelnut



    Grown in Europe and the US, hazelnuts are encased in a smooth, hard brown shell but are most…

  • 3 tbsp mixed seed
  • 50g raisin
  • 150g porridge oat


  1. Heat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Line an 18cm square tin with baking parchment. Put the dates into a food processor and process until they are finely chopped and sticking together in clumps.

  2. Put the low-fat spread, agave syrup and dates into a saucepan and heat gently. Stir until the low-fat spread has melted and the dates are blended in. Add all the remaining ingredients to the pan and stir until well mixed. Spoon the mixture into the tin and spread level.

  3. Bake in the oven for 15-20 mins until golden brown. Remove and cut into 12 pieces. Leave in the tin until cold. Store in an airtight container.

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ross landale
3rd Mar, 2019
Ready to eat stoned date? Yeah I've been on a few of those ! Yummy recipe btw
16th Feb, 2019
Really tasty flapjacks, great for a grab and go breakfast for the kids.
2nd Nov, 2017
My first attempt was tasty, yet crumbly. On the second occasion I used a potato masher to compress the mix into the tin (& a spoon for the corners). After baking I put them straight in the fridge for 3 hours, and then they were set and ready to be cut with a wet knife - I made 9 portions as opposed to 12. Delicious with a cup of tea!
Amplified buski...
22nd May, 2016
I've just made these, my first ever flapjacks, and they are absolutely delicious! After reading some of the other comments on here, I substituted the low fat spread for butter and the agave syrup for honey. My partner and I have started training for a half marathon and we seem to be hungry all the time so great to have some handy snacks packed full of oats, fruit, nuts and seeds. Will definitely be making again, thank you for this awesome recipe :-)
25th Apr, 2016
I went out of my way to get this agave stuff- don't bother, it's horrible stuff , best to use good old honey with some flavour- the agave isn't a "health food" it's just a non- dimensional sweetener, with slightly less calories than honey. The recipe itself will be lovely minus tfe agave- I can't have nuts so I used a few cranberries- will make again with honey! Agave is going back to the health food shop.
28th Feb, 2016
This flapjack is delicious and holds together well, despite my initial concerns when I took it out of the oven. I replaced the low-fat spread with butter as a personal preference. I will definitely be making it again, not just because of the great taste but because it's a sweet snack that is also nutritious... ... which brings me to my point about the recipe's name, which seems to be a problem for a number of members. I wanted to add to the discussion that actually a food can't be 'healthy'. Only a person can be healthy (or not) and a food can contribute to a person's health depending on what their health goal is, which isn't always about reducing calories and losing weight, but can be about including more of a particular nutrient in their diet. What can be said about this flapjack is that it is more 'nutritious' than standard flapjack, due to the dried fruit and seed content, which is high in iron, calcium, vitamin E and other nutrients like manganese and potassium depending on which seeds are used. So if you want to include more of these nutrients in your diet to be healthier, then this flapjack is for you!
2nd Feb, 2016
Used golden syrup and butter. Looked a little dry once blended but texture fine once cooked. I like the high dried fruit content in these flapjacks with its benefits of fibre and nutrients. In my book this makes them healthIER than most of the 'healthy' snack bars in the shops which are mostly sugar.
22nd Feb, 2015
I used butter instead of low fat spread and honey instead of the agave syrup. We wanted to eat something other than a chocolate bar at lunchtime and contained nuts, seeds, fruit etc, and this recipe was exactly what I was looking for. I make them every week for my husband and I who doesn't normally eat nuts and seeds, but these are delicious. Hopefully they are better than the chocolate bars!
29th Oct, 2014
These are marked as healthIER , don't think they claim to be healthy. But if you compare them to traditional flapjacks, then yes they are healthier.
5th Jun, 2014
Low fat spread and Agave syrup are not healthy - low fat spread generally contains trans fats and Agarve is mostly fructose which can not be used but the body - I beg to differ that these are healthy


18th Aug, 2018
Can I make these in a slow cooker?? My oven has just broken while in the middle of making these flapjacks!
goodfoodteam's picture
19th Aug, 2018
Thanks for your question. I'm afraid these aren't designed for the slow cooker but it sounds like it's already too late. We hope your oven is back up and running!
Mrs Cookie
16th Jan, 2014
My flapjacks have come out crumbly when cut. Do I need to cook them for longer? I worry about overcooking them.
Advexed's picture
1st Mar, 2020
Usually 1 or 2 more tbsp's of honey or syrup added the mixture makes them less crumbly after baking hope this helps
goodfoodteam's picture
29th Jan, 2014
Hi there, thanks for getting in touch. The flapjacks may have been underbaked - these flapjacks are slightly crumblier than ones with a higher sugar content. Thanks, BBC Good Food web team
5th Dec, 2018
10 smartpoints each
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