Adapted from a BBC GoodFood recipe, these flapjacks have no added sugar and contain only a small amount of fat compared to traditional flapjack recipes.
Bananas and apples are used to bind the mixture and dates add a natural sweetness.
- 250g rolled oats
- 2 ripe medium bananas, mashed
- 1 medium apple, grated
- 90g dried dates, roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
- 50g unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon or mixed spice
- Chopping board
- Greaseproof paper
- Kitchen scales
- Large bowl
- Large ovenproof dish
- Small saucepan with a thick bottom
- Wooden spoon
- Preheat oven to 160ᵒC/gas mark 3 and grease and line a baking tray or dish with baking parchment.
- In a small pan, melt the butter and peanut butter with 100ml of hot water, stirring all the time.
- Add the apple, chopped dates and mashed banana to the pan and mix well.
- Tip the oats into a large bowl and pour in the fruity mixture.
- Give a good stir to combine everything well.
- Tip the mixture into the prepared oven tray or dish, smoothing down the surface with a spatula or the back of a spoon.
- Place in the oven and bake for 50 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin before cutting into 12 portions.
Nutrition per serving portion (serves 12)
Each portion provides on average
Energy632kj 151kcal 7.55%
Oats provide a good source of complex carbohydrates which release energy into the body more slowly, keeping us feeling fuller for longer. Oats are also a rich source of beta-glucan-rich soluble fibre, which has been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels.
Fruit provides the natural sugars in this recipe along with a range of important vitamins and minerals. Sugars in this form are much better for our bodies than artificially added sugars that only add calories.