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No fat, No sugar, Superhealthy oaty bars.

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Flapjacks go down a storm in our house, I’m wheat free so they fill a much needed gap in my mouth. Now it seem little Kezia is a bit of a flapjack lover. In fact, as soon as she spies the tin I keep them in I get a pointy finger and a sign for “Food Now Mummy”. Cheeky monkey she certainly is.

My usual banana flapjacks use only a small amount of marg, sugar and honey, however with a hungry 1 year old and feeling inspired by a certain brand of raw food bars I decided to try something different. The results are not quite your usual flapjack (due to the distinct lack of sugar, syrup and butter!) but they make a great healthy snack for big and little people and are set to become a regular in our house already. In fact the little one even enjoyed helping me make it.

Well when I say she helped, I mean she ate half of the raisins out of the bowl, stuck her fingers in the banana, stirred the oats around and made holes in the mixture once it had been smoothed into the tray. So much fun!

These are wheat free and if you use gluten free oats they will be gluten free too. Here’s the finished product:

And here is the mess I found later on…

The Recipe:

400g oats

2 handfuls dates chopped very finely in a food processor with a splash of water

2 large  or 3 medium mashed bananas

1 cup sultanas

Cinnamon

Mix it all together, put into a greased and lined tray and bake at Gas Mark 5 for about 35-40 mins.

Slice it up whilst it is warm and leave to cool (if it lasts that long!).

Enjoy :)

 

 

 

39 Comments

  1. Here’s a few comments I’ve had via twitter and facebook… thanks for all your comments, I love receiving them, keep them coming!

    Made your flapjacks, replaced raisins with one tablespoon agava syrup, made individiual dough heaps. Yummy https://twitter.com/#!/renzaVermeulen/status/163991828775972865/photo/1

    Would be lovely with dried cranberries instead of raisins. Super easy to make & not expensive! Great recipe Priya!

    They sound delicious. All ingredients needed already in the house. I now have a morning activity for my 2 girls. Thank you. ;-)

    Love the idea of baking without sugar Priya. Pretty much all baking I do I reduce the sugar, sometimes by half & I still tastes ok proving that we all far too used to eating sugary stuff. Keep experimenting Priya & let us know what’s worth trying

    ounds yummy…..I’m not a fan of sweet things so any alternative to a good sweet pudding is welcome….will def try…well done Priya

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  3. I love the idea of these! Shall make for my boys!

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  5. I’ve now got an adaptation for you all….

    Apple and Ginger: Blitz up 200g dried dates and apple or apricot, add about 100ml water to enable it to blitz down and to make it a bit sloppy. Mix with the 200g oats and then grate in 2 apples and add 1-2tsp freshly grated ginger (though 1/2tsp dried would also work).

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  7. Thanks for linking up to my blog! Looks delicious!

  8. Just tried making these or the first time. They smell amazing, looking forward to trying them when they’ve cooled a bit.. I think I already know I needed to use a little more water though..

    Next up, cannellini bean hummus :-)

  9. we cheated a little bit by adding five cubes of crystalised ginger with our powdered ginger. I whizzed up the raisins because I don’t like looking at the raisins in my flapjack. thank you for this recipe! from leya. (aged 8)

  10. The above should read ‘aged 8′.
    From my lovely daughter who plans on not even tasting the resulting oat bars.

  11. Our review? We used 150g dried apples 50d dried figs 100ml water, then 1 cup dried mixture (raisins, yellow sultanas, dried cranberries, dried cherries – all sorts) with 1/2 cup water, tsp ground ginger and 5 cubes crystallised ginger (I know, I know … added sugar) … with 400g oats.

    baked for 35 mins on about 175˚

    They taste great, they feel ‘healthy’, that’s to say the texture is clearly NOT a flapjack. But they’ll make a lovely substitute for about 50% of the flapjack I eat.

    Sadly, dear daughter was UNimpressed. But at least she tasted them.

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  13. Hey sweetie, Love this and cannot wait to try it!!!! I have lost 28 pounds since the end of August and love discovering healthy new recipes. Any chance of you adding a bloglovin’ button or an email follow widget? I follow tons of blogs and find it hard to keep up without and “inbox nudge”. Would love to follow you.
    Rose xxx

    • Hi Rose, thanks so much for your feedback! Great idea to have a follow widget – I’ve just added one ;) Wow what an exciting weight loss journey you are on – Love it! Appreciate your comment and nudge to put the widget on, I’m still learning about this blogging thing!

  14. How many calories are approx in each ‘flapjack’?

    • I haven’t analysed them but I’d guess at 70kcals, it all depends on the size you cut them to of course ;)

      • Thanx, just made a batch for my teenage daughter. She doesn’t ‘do’ breakfast so she can grab one of these before school, and they’ll be good for her too :)

  15. Can I add a scoop of protein powder to these to up the nutrition content or is it best not to? thanks

    • I’m sure you could if you wanted, but you’d probably need more liquid to mix. I’d suggest either using avocado as part of the fruit (my mum has tried this and says it’s great, but I reckon they won’t keep that well) or adding some peanut butter, which I’ve not tried but I fancy trying!

  16. Hi! Are these a soft or crunchy “flapjack”? Quite fancy making some with apricots or dates to give me an iron boost!

    • Hi Lavinia, they are a soft flapjack due to the fruit content. I’ve made them with dried apricots and dates and they have been delicious! I’ve also got a breakfast bar recipe on the blog which also has dried apricots in, you may like to take a peek. Let me know how you get on!

  17. Can’t wait to make this tomorrow, guilt free treats are on the way. Thank you!!!

  18. Thank you for the healthy recipe. I’ve been looking for a nice alternative to the ‘norm’ because I want to keep it low fat, which means no butter – so this will work amazingly well for my diet, and to stop me snacking on sweet stuff too.
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  19. Well I shall give these a try tonight thank you!

    “cheeky monkey she certainly is” – love that line :)

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  21. I’ve been doing these for a year or so with different ingredients each time. However I’ve always used fresh dates each time, way softer, fudgier and more tasty than dried. Took 2 batches with me on a 200 mile walk once. Weighed quite a lot but good energy!
    Thanks for the recipe.

    • Thanks so much Louis, great to hear :) I love the idea of using fresh dates, must try that myself. Appreciate you taking the time to leave me a comment.

  22. Hi, I am hoping to make these for my one year old, but she doesn’t have any teeth yet, are they soft enough for her to gum? And can they be frozen?

    Thank you

    • Hi Lisa, yes the fruit in these makes them soft, especially if you use apple. I’ve not tried freezing them as they never last that long in our house. I’m not sure if they would crumble when you defrost them. If you wrap them individually in clingfilm them may be ok.

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