No fat, No sugar, Superhealthy oaty bars.

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


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 🙂




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42 Responses to “No fat, No sugar, Superhealthy oaty bars.”

  1. 31 January, 2012 at 15:46 #

    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!/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

  2. 6 February, 2012 at 16:41 #

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

    • 6 February, 2012 at 17:03 #

      Brilliant, please let me know how you get on.

  3. 12 February, 2012 at 22:14 #

    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).

    • Nic
      12 February, 2012 at 22:28 #

      New to try!!

  4. 9 April, 2012 at 20:58 #

    Here’s a few new sugar free recipes to try too

  5. 10 April, 2012 at 05:45 #

    Thanks for linking up to my blog! Looks delicious!

  6. Liz
    12 April, 2012 at 09:28 #

    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 🙂

    • 12 April, 2012 at 12:23 #

      Yes they do need a fair bit of water with the dates when you blend them. I’m hummus making today too 🙂 Enjoy x

  7. 29 April, 2012 at 13:25 #

    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)

  8. 29 April, 2012 at 13:50 #

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

  9. 29 April, 2012 at 15:46 #

    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.

  10. 19 September, 2012 at 02:37 #

    Thanks for finally talking about >No fat, No sugar, Superhealthy oaty bars. | Dietitian UK <Loved it!

    • 21 September, 2012 at 07:37 #

      You are so welcome!

  11. 14 November, 2012 at 19:17 #

    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

    • 14 November, 2012 at 20:22 #

      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 November, 2012 at 21:05 #

        Thanks will follow you now xxx

  12. 1 January, 2013 at 19:50 #

    How many calories are approx in each ‘flapjack’?

    • 1 January, 2013 at 22:15 #

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

      • nicmil
        4 January, 2013 at 19:29 #

        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 🙂

  13. 12 January, 2013 at 16:09 #

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

    • 12 January, 2013 at 19:07 #

      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!

      • 12 January, 2013 at 19:08 #

        PS. Hello Nicki and thanks for stopping by!

  14. Lavinia
    23 January, 2013 at 17:45 #

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

    • 23 January, 2013 at 19:29 #

      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!

  15. 9 February, 2013 at 22:50 #

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

    • 10 February, 2013 at 19:53 #

      Enjoy Susan!

  16. 11 February, 2013 at 18:05 #

    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.
    Andy recently posted…The Five Second Rule :: Can You Really Drop Something on the Floor and Eat itMy Profile

    • 11 February, 2013 at 20:49 #

      Thanks Andy, appreciate your comments, I hope it helps 🙂

  17. wayne lee
    14 February, 2013 at 15:04 #

    Well I shall give these a try tonight thank you!

    “cheeky monkey she certainly is” – love that line 🙂

    • 14 February, 2013 at 19:34 #

      Thankyou! Hope you enjoy them. She’s only getting cheekier as she gets older 😉

  18. Louis
    8 February, 2014 at 20:07 #

    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.

    • 9 February, 2014 at 22:02 #

      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.

  19. Lisa Harpham
    25 March, 2014 at 01:50 #

    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

    • 25 March, 2014 at 09:04 #

      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.

  20. Carole Williams
    27 June, 2014 at 19:05 #

    is it meant to read 200g or 400g of oats as in one version you put 200g, just that it seemed a bit dry when i made it so i had to add more liquid.

    • 27 June, 2014 at 21:10 #

      Hi Carole, this recipe should be 400g, but yes you may need to add more water when you process the dates. You want it to be a wet puree so it all binds together. The other flapjacks on the site use 200g oats. I hope that helps. Priya


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