Banana Flapjacks

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Flapjacks are a true English delight, they are so buttery and chewy and go perfectly with a cup of tea or coffee in the afternoon. However as much as I love proper flapjack, the amount of butter in them means that they are much more of a treat rather than a healthy snack. So I decided to have a go at making a bit more of a nutritious one and they turned out perfectly. The mashed banana, nut butter and honey binds these together and gives them that lovely chewy texture. I also added in nuts and cranberries to give them something a little extra. They make a perfect afternoon snack or on-the-go breakfast and the oats will keep you going for hours!

 

Banana Flapjacks

Yield: 8 flapjacks

Time: 1 hour

 

Ingredients:

3 cups oats

1/2 cup mix ins (I used 1/4 cup chopped nuts and 1/4 cup dried cranberries)

2 ripe bananas

1/4 cup honey

4 tbsp coconut oil, melted

3 tbsp nut butter (I used peanut)

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract 

 

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 180c/350f. Grease and line a small square/rectangle baking tin (mine was  around 5" x 9").

2. In a large bowl, mash the bananas (I saved a few slices to top the flapjacks).

3. Mix in the oats, cinnamon, fruit and nuts.

4. Add in the melted coconut oil, honey, vanilla extract and nut butter. Stir until everything is well combined and nice and sticky.

5. Press the mixture evenly in to your tin. Make sure it is pressed down well enough otherwise your bars will crumble. Add some sliced banana to the top if you wish.

6. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the top is nice and golden.

7. Allow to cool in the tin then lift out the paper and cut the flapjack in to squares or bars.

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