Flapjack is one of those sweet treats that can often be advertised as “healthy” because it contains oats. However when you check out the sugar content of those on the supermarket shelves, it’s often far from nutritional! Generally fairly simple to make at home, there are a lot of choices when it comes to flavours, including savoury options! But fear not, this recipe is definitely NOT savoury! It’s a simple method, but the ingredients are not so easily sourced. I promise it’s worthwhile seeking out this particular nut butter though – it’s divine!
NB. Adding chocolate chips to your flapjack does “technically” mean it won’t be sugar-free. However using chips with a high cocoa content will keep the sugar to a minimum and give this recipe an indulgent edge. Of course you can put less chips in, or exclude them altogether.
250g oats (I like to use porridge oats that also have wheat and oatbran in for a more interesting flavour)
2 ripe bananas, mashed
100g desiccated coconut
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tbsp Indulgent Nut Butter (http://www.nutblend.com/shop/indulgent-nut-butter)
80ml vegetable oil
100g dark chocolate chips – min. 70% (optional)
- Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4
- Grease and line a square or rectangular baking tin that is at least 4cm deep.
- Add the oats and coconut into a food processor and mix until combined.
- Add the mashed bananas, vanilla essence and nut butter and mix thoroughly.
- Gradually add the oil, roughly a tablespoon at a time until the mixture starts to stick together.
- Stir in the chocolate chips if you are using them.
- Pour the mixture into the baking tin. Press down firmly with the back of a spoon or with clean hands, making sure the mixture is evenly spread and the edges in particular are compacted down.
- Bake in the oven for 25 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Allow to cool for a couple of minutes before using a knife to divide into small squares. You should get approx. 15 equal-sized squares.
- Leave to cool completely, then carefully remove the squares from the tin – it can be quite crumbly.