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. For more on healthy living, take a look at the new Budpop’s CBD gummies, very delicious treats.
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 Banana Flapjacks
100g dried apricots
30g dried cranberries
50g sunflower seeds
3 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
4 tbsp honey
2 bananas, mashed
1 apple, peeled & grated
100ml hot water
Preheat the oven to 160C/140C(fan). Grease and line a 20x20cm baking tin.
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.
Melt the butter over a low heat, along with the peanut butter and honey. Add the bananas, apple and water.
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.
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.
These flapjacks will keep well in the fridge for around 5 days, should they last that long.
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. You can check this new article for more info about having a better body with your food and supplements.
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 healthy banana flapjacks should set you back no more than 25p each, or £3 for the lot!
28 replies on “Healthy Banana Flapjacks”
Yum, I am definitely making these for my kids to take for a school snack. Love all the ingredients!
Definitely a great lunchbox filler!
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?
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?
Looks amazing! Will make it and let you know how much I salivate before ingestion of these goodies. Love it! Thank you. Great work.
No need for an accurate measurement of salivation honestly…
Lol. Just kidding! Thanks again.
Okay, these have convinced me to try flapjacks again! I actually have a similar, slightly simpler halfway-to-flapjacks recipe.
I’ll check it out! Please do try flapjacks again 🙂
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!
I’m a big fan of Hugh FW – he’s probably influenced my cooking more than any other chef, except for maybe Rick Stein.
Oh this is JUST what I love! Thank you so much for sharing – I’m keeping this recipe, no question.
Glad you like them :). I really hope you make it.
I love how you’ve made flapjacks a bit healthier – I’m going to have to try something similar for my daughter.
I’m sure she’ll love them. I was just getting sick of all that sugar!
I like the idea behind this recipe, and the low sugar content! Will try this one out!
You should – it doesn’t suffer at all from the lack of refined sugar.
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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!
Excellent! Glad you liked them. Can’t wait to see your version!
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Thank you so much for sharing this brilliant recipe! I’m afraid I went slightly off piste as I ran out of honey so added a couple of tbs of golden syrup instead (oops!) & figs instead of apricots & a few extra raisins as I had no cranberries. But they turned out perfectly, & I have just eaten one (ok maybe two!) they are super delicious & will be the perfect energy boost for the triathlon I am doing this coming Sunday!
My pleasure! Glad they turned out so well and I’ll forgive you the changes! Good luck with your triathlon – I do a lot of cycling myself and these always help.
Lovely! I´m making them for a second time. They´re great for work at my running about job, a snack that keep me going. Fantastic!
I managed to make them PALL too! (Plastic A Lot Less) I would almost say plastic-free… but there´s always that sneaky plastic hiding in the metal peanut butter lid! Awesome, if I can manage not to “brown” the bottom them this time I might blog them as a healthy, pall recipie.
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How many calories per portion of these flapjacks?
Would they work without the butter? And also what is the nutritional information of these please?
Thank you for sharing! I’m excited to try these out 😀 x