Healthy Banana Flapjacks

Healthy Banana Flapjacks

Flapjacks occupy a strange and confused culinary corner. By virtue of their many oats, like oatcakes or porridge, flapjacks are considered healthy. This is, by and large, a lie.

Flapjack recipes are full of devilish ingredients like whole blocks of butter and entire sacks of refined sugar. My recipe for Healthy Banana Flapjacks buck this trend. They contain a greatly reduced amount of butter and absolutely no artificially refined sugar. The flapjacks certainly benefit from it.

Smothering all that it touches, the sweetness of refined sugar can get a little overbearing. The great thing about natural sugars present in fruit and honey is that it is accompanied by nutrients and, more importantly, flavour. Naturally sweetened foods therefore have a great headstart. Except they’re not always done well.

One thing it’s hard to avoid is butter. Butter helps soften a flapjack, making them far more pleasant to consume (though my chewy granola bars do deviate). Banana has a similar effect, allowing for the volume of butter to be reduced drastically.

In reality no flapjack is entirely healthy, but compared to double chocolate flapjacks, this may as well be a recipe for raw carrot salad.

Healthy Flapjacks

Healthy Banana Flapjacks

Makes 12

Ingredients:

  • 300g oats

  • 100g dried apricots

  • 70g raisins

  • 30g dried cranberries

  • 50g almonds

  • 50g sunflower seeds

  • 50g butter

  • 3 tbsp crunchy peanut butter

  • 4 tbsp honey

  • 2 bananas, mashed

  • 1 apple, peeled & grated

  • 100ml hot water

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 160C/140C(fan). Grease and line a 20x20cm baking tin.

  2. Gently toast the seeds and almonds in a heavy based pan. Transfer them to a large mixing bowl, along with the oats and dried fruit.

  3. Melt the butter over a low heat, along with the peanut butter and honey. Add the bananas, apple and water.

  4. Pour the wet mixture into the mixing bowl and combine thoroughly. Transfer the batter into the prepared tin and smooth. Bake for 50-60 minutes until golden brown.

  5. Once removed from the oven allow to cool for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack. Leave to cool completely before cutting into 12.

  6. These flapjacks will keep well in the fridge for around 5 days, should they last that long.

How to Make Flapjacks Flapjack Recipe

Cost: Though this recipe does make use of a lot of ingredients, most of them can be purchased at a good price. I’d recommend going for the slightly cheaper bags of nuts and dried fruit as it won’t make a difference here.

If you’re really struggling to find cheap dried cranberries and apricots then simply use a bag of mixed dried fruit. If you follow this advice these flapjacks should set you back no more than 25p each, or £3 for the lot!

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20 comments on “Healthy Banana Flapjacks

  1. Sibella at bakingwithsibella.com
    April 3, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Yum, I am definitely making these for my kids to take for a school snack. Love all the ingredients!

  2. Emma
    April 3, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    I absolutely LOVE flapjacks, but I really (and I mean REALLY) dislike bananas…would this recipe work without the banana..or could I substitute anything?

    • frugalfeeding
      April 9, 2014 at 8:43 am

      Alas, I don’t know what you’d replace the bananas with. They are important. They don’t taste massively of banana though, if that helps?

  3. rkutchjm
    April 3, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Looks amazing! Will make it and let you know how much I salivate before ingestion of these goodies. Love it! Thank you. Great work.

    • frugalfeeding
      April 9, 2014 at 8:39 am

      No need for an accurate measurement of salivation honestly…

      • rkutchjm
        April 9, 2014 at 4:32 pm

        Lol. Just kidding! Thanks again.

  4. taplatt
    April 3, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Okay, these have convinced me to try flapjacks again! I actually have a similar, slightly simpler halfway-to-flapjacks recipe.

    • frugalfeeding
      April 9, 2014 at 8:42 am

      I’ll check it out! Please do try flapjacks again :)

  5. Cheesy Biscuit
    April 3, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Lovely, these remind me of a Hugh FW recipe I made long ago (though I do suspect yours are healthier.) Can’t wait to try a variation on these!

    • frugalfeeding
      April 9, 2014 at 8:39 am

      I’m a big fan of Hugh FW – he’s probably influenced my cooking more than any other chef, except for maybe Rick Stein.

  6. trixpin
    April 4, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Oh this is JUST what I love! Thank you so much for sharing – I’m keeping this recipe, no question.

    • frugalfeeding
      April 9, 2014 at 8:38 am

      Glad you like them :). I really hope you make it.

  7. Corina
    April 4, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    I love how you’ve made flapjacks a bit healthier – I’m going to have to try something similar for my daughter.

    • frugalfeeding
      April 9, 2014 at 8:38 am

      I’m sure she’ll love them. I was just getting sick of all that sugar!

  8. midihideaways
    April 7, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    I like the idea behind this recipe, and the low sugar content! Will try this one out!

    • frugalfeeding
      April 9, 2014 at 8:34 am

      You should – it doesn’t suffer at all from the lack of refined sugar.

  9. Lena
    January 2, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    I’ve tried these out. They are so yummie. I love the little sweetness, and I think one is enough to be satiesfied. Thank you for sharing, soon I will publish them on my blog to, of course I’ll mention you as recipe creator!
    Lena

    • frugalfeeding
      January 5, 2015 at 12:10 pm

      Excellent! Glad you liked them. Can’t wait to see your version!

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