Healthier Date & Banana Flapjacks

Healthier Date & Banana Flapjacks

This week being half term week here in the UK, I fancied a quick and easy snack I could make with the boys for our little excursions. As it’s also a week in a run up to Halloween I knew they would most likely have abundance of chocolate treats so wanted something that little bit healthier. We all love flapjacks but not the amount of sugar in them so decision was made to make a batch that is a bit healthier but still super tasty. Say hello to my Healthier Date & Banana Flapjacks. 🙂

It’s such a quick and easy bake which is mostly sweetened with super overripe bananas and some sticky pureed dates. If you wanted to make these completely refined sugar free than substitute golden syrup with some honey. Make sure you use really, really overripe bananas though as they are the main source of sweetness here.

Healthier Date & Banana Flapjacks

I am pretty partial to flapjacks and enjoy them both soft and crunchy, perhaps with slight preference towards soft. And that is exactly what this recipe gives you. Beautifully soft and chewy, almost cakey like flapjack. I thought the slice of banana on each square would be a nice little touch and it worked really well. I added generous teaspoon of cinnamon to the mix as well as I love the combination with banana.

Healthier Date & Banana Flapjacks

In case you are looking for some more snack recipes head over to the Snack Archives of the blog where you will find variety of sweet and savoury delights you might want when out and about.

Healthier Date & Banana Flapjacks

Yield: 16 squares


  • 250g porridge oats
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbsp golden syrup or honey
  • 50g soft dates (dried and pitted)
  • 200g really overripe bananas (peeled weight)
  • 16 banana slices to put on top of flapjack squares
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
    Square baking tin approx. 23x23cm or equivalent, lined with baking paper


  1. Put dates in a small bowl and pour over few tablespoons of boiling water (only to cover them). Let them soak 5 minutes or so.
  2. Put butter and golden syrup in a pan and melt together stirring over gentle heat. Set aside.
  3. Blend banana together with soaked dates (including water) until smooth (I use my stick blender for this).
  4. Pour melted butter and golden syrup mixture and dates & banana mixture over the oats and stir well.
  5. Put the mixture into prepared baking tin and smooth it over with the back of the spoon.
  6. Gently mark flapjack portions with the back of the knife and place one banana slice in each square.
  7. Bake at 160C for approx. 30 min until light golden.
  8. Cool & enjoy!

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Healthier Date & Banana Flapjacks


I’m linking my Healthier Date & Banana Flapjacks with the following pages:

Cook Blog Share hosted this week by Jacqui from Recipes Made Easy and by Monika at Everyday Healthy Recipes

Cook Once Eat Twice hosted by Corina at Searching for Spice

Brilliant Blog Posts hosted by Vicki at Honest Mum Blog

Treat Petite hosted by Kat at The Baking Explorer

Bake of the Week by Helen at CasaCostello and Jenny at MummyMishaps

Recipe of the Week hosted by Emily at A Mummy Too

Baking Crumbs hosted by Angela over at Only Crumbs Remain

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  • Reply Jenny Paulin

    I love recipes that use up over ripe bananas Jo, because every week I have some I my fruit bowl! I have never used them with dates before….at least I don’t recall doing so! I think they look and sounds really delicious and would be great for kids lunch boxes. Thank you for linking to #Bakeoftheweek x

    October 30, 2017 at 4:35 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Jenny! 🙂 I have the same problem with bananas and always look for new ways for using them. These flapjacks are perfect for lunch boxes and my kids love them. x

      October 30, 2017 at 5:52 pm
  • Reply Jacqui

    These look fabulous. I do like flapjacks but they can be so high in sugar. What a great idea to use up bananas to sweeten them. Thank you for linking to #CookBlogShare.
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    October 30, 2017 at 5:04 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you! I was really happy with the sweetness of these flapjacks without using refined sugar and kids approved too! 🙂 x

      October 30, 2017 at 5:58 pm
  • Reply Angela / Only Crumbs Remain

    I love this idea Jo. Hubby ||& I go through quite a few flapjacks during the week – either for a little snack or for taking with us on a walk, so using really ripe bananas and dates as the main sweetness element is a great idea 🙂 Thankyou for linking up with #BakingCrumbs again this month 😀
    Angela x
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