Sugar free banana and date flapjacks

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Serves: 20

By MaeBee

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  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

  • 80ml vegetable oil

  • 180g oats

  • 175g dates chopped

  • 2 bananas sliced


  1. Mash the bananas in a large bowl.
  2. Add the dates and oil to the bananas and mix together.
  3. Stir in the oats and the vanilla essence and
    leave for 5 mins, so the oats absorb the oil.
  4. Spoon the mixture into a well greased baking tray and bake at 175C/Gas Mark 5 for about 25 minutes.
  5. Serve.

Handy Hint

Cut into squares while still warm.

Additional Information

  • Make Ahead

  • Kids can help

  • Biscuit and sweets

  • Cake/Dessert

  • Vegetarian

  • Nut Free

  • Low fat

  • Gluten Free

  • Egg Free

  • Dairy Free

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  • Hobb1t878 06/04/20 20:24

    I swapped the vegetable oils for coconut oil, wasn't as greasy/squidgy,very useful for getting the kids to help/eat snacks with less sugar.

  • Amytaaffe 13/01/17 19:30

    Wonder what the calorie count is like? They are delicious though!!

  • Cherry321 20/02/16 17:50

    Easy to make. Bit squidgy, but tasty.

  • 0ryx 23/06/15 17:16

    Followed the recipe ( except halved the dates) but they turned out very stodgy! Very tasty though.

  • Foxyloxy66 23/02/15 08:39

    These were way too sweet witht the amount of dates recommended... I'd use less dates next time or swap for apricots or raisins. I added roasted seeds & nuts. A nice recipe if looking for sugar free flapjacks.

  • LondonBOB 23/01/15 11:17

    Ps: I'm using them as one way to get my dates in! Apparently they are good to eat pre-labour! ;)

  • LondonBOB 23/01/15 11:15

    Thanks you for this recipe! So good to find a healthy version. I also used coconut oil and I blended my dates and banana, oil and essence together so that it was like a paste. I added. Roasted hazelnuts and seeds too. Question: are they freeze able?

  • clarabelle14 20/01/15 10:24

    Are these flapjacks suitable for freezing? Could the veg oil be replaced by sunflower oil?

  • kvgcliff 27/01/14 12:29

    I love this recipe which eradicates added sugar... I used coconut oil (melted) instead of Veg Oil & I only had dried figs so I used these chopped up instead - I love the texture & flavour of these. I also added mixed seeds (sunflower, pumpkin & sesame) & some dessicated coconut and considering I added almost 100g extra of dry ingredients they have bound together very well (I prb used just over 80 ml of oil but not much more). I really pressed mixture firmly into tin. Taste so much cleaner than standard butter sugar & syrup FJ's. A winner for me. Family will test later :)

  • katieharris 21/01/14 21:08

    Absolutely delicious!! will definatly be making these again :-)

  • lamprey42 11/01/14 07:56

    Very easy and tasted great. Can't believe how sweet they were just using fruit. Our year old twins loved them.

  • tanyatanya 05/08/13 21:43

    Yummy and easy to make. Forgot to add vanilla and they still tasted good.

  • sunnydays81 06/05/12 19:06

    Love this recipe and my little boy loves it too, so much so that I have to hide it after I have cooked it!! As well as dates I add any other dried fruit that I have in the cupboard too, dried cranberries are a favourite, I also sometimes add desiccated coconut or cinnamon too!! Very yummy!

  • mumramum 20/07/11 18:53

    i made these with oatmeal instead of oats - they turned out a bit like the porridge bars you can buy, they tasted good to me and sweet enough. im planning on trying them with apple added too next time. they did the trick at staving off my huge breastfeeding appetite and meant i didn't eat my usual half packet of chocolate biscuits so thumbs up from me.

  • istillpassthepenciltest 18/03/11 16:12

    These are AWESOME. Not only do I feel like I'm feeding my 2 something vaguely healthy but I could easily eat the entire lot myself. I used bananas that had gone completely black on the outside and they are deliciously yielding...

  • turdass 09/03/11 14:04

    Made them and whilst they were okay-ish, still didn't enjoy them thaat much. I think we need the sugary hit that comes from ordinary syrupy flapjacks.

  • Elena67 08/03/11 15:10

    thanks for the 'cup' advice. These are fab - my 8 month old absolutely loves them. We adults like them too, but our taste buds are corrupted by all the years of sugar so they're a little bit 'healthfood' for my taste!

  • Teaandcakeplease 05/03/11 09:34

    I doubled the quantity for my tin so they were about 2cm thick and only cooked for 20 mins. I used madjool dates and corn oil. I then took them out (they still looked soft, but that's ok) waited 10 mins and then gently cut them into oblong bars. I then left them until completely cool before removing from the tin.

  • vintageteacups 02/03/11 17:46

    Something must have gone wrong - mine were lvoely on the top but soggy and mushy underneath, despite there only being a thin layer as there didn't seem to be enough mixture to fill the tin. I liked the naturally sweet taste though - way nicer than with syrup/sugar - much more healthy. The oil didn't feel healthy though! Kids wouldn't try them so can't comment on success with them!

  • bebejones 01/03/11 09:51

    Just made these this morning, don't think my bananas were big enough as the mixture wasn't very moist! Added a tiny splodge of honey to help! Absolutely delicious, yum!

  • chrissynou 28/02/11 08:46

    Wow! Forgot to get the dates but thought I would try to make them with sultanas (roughly chopped). They are fab so you can probably make them with whatever dried fruit you have. I also used cinamon instead of vanilla essence. Finally I added a handful of sunflower seeds for a bit of crunch. No extra sweetness needed - just great. Thanks MaeBee you have reintroduced the flapjack to our house - felt too bad to make them before - all that butter and sugar.

  • ballinderrymum 27/02/11 18:43

    really nice - far too nice actually :) everyone in family liked it.

  • pemb2731 25/02/11 14:50

    Elena67 - in general a cup is around 250 ml, I think. However, most recipes that call for a cup are quite flexible - just try to use the same cup throughout! I always go for a small mug :)

  • manicmij 24/02/11 19:51

    Why spend time chopping dates when they come in packs already chopped and they usually work out cheaper than the packs of whole dates. Slight amount of rice flour used to stop them from sticking in the packet. I use them for muesli, cream cheese with date and apple sandwiches. Delicious and quick. Will be trying the recipe and sounds really good and easy.

  • Elena67 24/02/11 18:08

    Sound lovely - but what's a cup? A teacup? A mug? Advice please, so I can try them out on the boy!

  • tigger15 25/09/09 14:00

    Really great and tasty. I supplemented with a few dried apricots as not enough dates. The only hard work was chopping the dates.

  • EffieGadsby 30/04/09 17:04

    These are so good! Amazingly tasty, considering they have no sugar and not much fat. I'm made them a few times, and have also replaced dates with sultanas, oil with melted butter, and chucked in 1tbsp honey for extra taste.

  • feva 04/04/09 16:41

    Brilliant. So easy to make. My 15mth old loves them. He is really picky, so it is great to find something that he loves that is filling - means a good nights sleep for me! DH not so keen - too healthy!

  • 13/03/09 20:44

    These are fabulous! Really great... DD (13 months) *loves* them. Thanks for posting this!

  • Buckets 02/04/08 13:09

    Just made these, can't believe how nice they were! Far easier than normal flapjacks too.

  • MaeBee 21/01/08 12:26

    the kids and adults ratings got swapped for some reason! kids: 10 adults: 7 is what i meant.