Flapjacks are the oaty treats we all know and love.
While Americans use this term to describe pancakes, we know they're rightly reserved for the delicious porridge oats and honey combination that make our healthy treats. This recipe for banana flapjacks is sure to go down a treat at home for all the family.
Use these healthy snacks to dazzle your guests and your kids with an interesting twist on a traditional recipe. As opposed to banana bread being a way to use up your bananas that are past their best, this recipe requires ripe bananas for a fresher taste. Remember, flapjacks are a very versatile food and are definitely a sweet treat that you can experiment with!
What You Will Need
Unlike many other flapjack recipes, healthy aspects of this recipe are very clear. There is only a small amount of syrup used in these and the banana is used as a binding agent. These banana flapjacks are super easy to make and only use 5 ingredients.
1/2 cup butter (plus a tad more for greasing)
2 tbsps soft brown sugar
5 tbsps of corn syrup, golden syrup or maple syrup (your choice!)
2 cups of quick-cooking oats
1 banana (mashed)
8 inch Baking Tin
Grease Proof Paper
This method could not be any easier! With the right amount of supervision, this flapjack recipe is perfect to make with the kids. Just beware of the hot pans and oven when mixing.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes
Total Time: 25-30 minutes
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celcius.
Melt the butter in a saucepan with the sugar and your chosen syrup.
Remove from the heat, once melted, and add the oats and the banana. Mix well.
Grease your tin with a little bit of butter before lining with greaseproof paper to ensure it sticks.
Pour the mixture into the tin and spread evenly.
Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from oven and cut into squares while it's still warm. This recipe estimates approximately 20 mini squares of flapjack.
Leave in the tin to cool completely before removing and cutting again.
Store in an airtight container to ensure your flapjacks stay moist and become too hard and chewy.
You can experiment with topping by adding chocolate chips, sultana/raisins or even peanut butter, providing you have no allergies in your household, to make your flapjacks even more scrumptious.
If you do not have an 8-inch baking tin and only have larger ones then try making it smaller by placing baking beads or dried beans in your tin and stopping the mixture from spreading too thin in the oven.
Exchange the butter for a dairy-free spread or coconut oil for any vegan eaters or anyone who may have a dairy or lactose intolerance. This won't affect the taste but will be a nice way of having an inclusive treat everyone can enjoy!
If you want to make these sweet treats with your kids then try transferring the mixture from the saucepan to a large bowl and then they can get hands-on with the mixing.
Cooking times can really vary with flapjacks so to ensure you get them to be perfectly cooked, check on them regularly. As soon as the top layer begins to turn golden brown, it is probably time to take them out.
Check out our other recipes for chocolate chip, vegan and honey flapjacks!