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Spiced Apple Sugar-Free Flapjacks


A healthier flapjack using a little honey and mashed ripe banana instead of sugar, with extra sweetness coming from soft dried apple and raisins. There's lots of mixing so even toddlers can help you make it.

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  • 100g butter
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 200g porridge oats
  • 100g soft dried apple
  • chopped into pieces no bigger than 1cm
  • 30g desiccated coconut
  • 50g raisins
  • 30g golden linseeds (or flaxseeds)
  • plus extra for sprinkling on the top
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • zest of an orange
  • grated (or 1/2 tsp orange extract)
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • mashed


servings 16
Level of difficulty Easy
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 15mins
Cost Average budget


Step 1

Preheat oven to 175C and grease a 20cm square baking tin.

Step 2

Gently melt the butter and honey either in a saucepan or in the microwave. Leave to cool.

Step 3

In a large bowl, mix the oats, chopped dried apple, coconut, raisins, golden linseeds, cinnamon, cloves and orange zest together

Step 4

Add the mashed bananas to the melted butter and honey, stir to combine and then pour into the dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly.

Step 5

Press the mixture firmly into your tin and sprinkle over the extra seeds.

Step 6

Bake for 15-20 mins until golden on top and it’s coming away from the sides of the tin.

Step 7

Take out of the oven and, while it’s still warm, use a knife to score where you will cut. Leave in the tin to cool before cutting.


If you have fussy little ones, to avoid them pulling out pieces of dried fruit, chop the apple (maybe also the raisins) into very small pieces for a smoother and more homogeneous mix.

Make dairy-free flapjacks by replacing the butter with a dairy-free margarine.

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