Low-sugar banana and date flapjacks recipe

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makes: 10
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 20 min
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  • Low-sugar banana and date flapjacks swap refined sugar for fruit, making them a much healthier option. These fruity flapjacks are the perfect snack for your little one. Make them as an after school treat or a lunch box filler, or even for breakfast. There’s no chance of children missing the refined sugar as the banana and dates will provide a natural sweetness, but also make them count towards the recommended 5-a-day. This recipe makes 10 flapjacks and takes around 30 mins to prepare and bake.


    • 85g dates, pitted
    • 1 banana, roughly chopped
    • 50g melted butter
    • ½tsp bicarbonate of soda
    • 225g oats
    • 2tsp ground ginger or cinnamon


    • Preheat the oven to 180C, gas 4. Lightly grease a 7 inch x 7 inch square tin.

    • Place the dates into a small bowl and pour over 85ml boiling water. Leave the dates to soak for about 10 minutes.

    • Place the dates and water into a food processor, along with the banana, melted butter and bicarbonate of soda. Process until smooth.

    • Weigh the oats and ground ginger or cinnamon into a large mixing bowl and add the processed date and banana mixture. Stir to combine. Pour the mixture into the greased baking tin.

    • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 mins or until a very light golden brown.

    • Leave to cool in the tin and then slice into bars. These flapjacks will keep in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

    Top tip for making Low-sugar banana and date flapjacks

    Give these flapjacks a bite by adding a handful of your favourite nuts, crushed.

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