Apple and date flapjacks that are deliciously free from refined sugar. A great choice for anyone trying to reduce their sugar intake and/or eat more fruit. Brilliant for toddlers, babies, older kids and grown ups alike.
I created this recipe for apple and date flapjacks using the Sweetpea Pantry* super oat flapjack mix.
I have been trying out some of their healthier kids baking mixes over the last few weeks. The kids have enjoyed every single one. They're a simple way to make your baking a little bit healthier - plus the kids can help make the recipes.
How are these date flapjacks sweetened?
These date flapjacks are free from refined sugar, and are sweetened with dates, date syrup and apples. Because of this they do taste a lot less sweet than ordinary flapjacks (maybe I'm stating the obvious here). However, they are really delicious nonetheless and my kids and husband devoured them.
Date syrup is a great alternative to honey. Honey is unsuitable for under-ones. Using date syrup, and sweetening by fruit, means that you can give these flapjacks to a baby.
Baby S was certainly delighted to be allowed to try some flapjack and devoured his portion too!
What other syrups could be used?
If you don't have any date syrup you could use:
- honey (not for under ones)
- maple syrup
- agave syrup.
What are flapjacks?
Flapjacks are bars or squares that are usually made with oats, butter, sugar and golden syrup. They often contain raisins or other dried fruit.
They are similar to what is known as granola bars or cereal bars in other parts of the world.
However, here in the UK a flapjack is quite distinct from a cereal bar. Flapjacks are chewy and extremely delicious but not always the healthiest of snacks.
This recipe for apple and date flapjacks is much healthier. It's free from refined sugar and is a great choice for a snack for kids.
More flapjack recipes
If you like these you might like:
- healthy flapjacks
- apple and cinnamon flapjacks
- carrot cake bars
- celeriac, apple and cherry flapjacks
- beetroot oat bars
- vegan flapjacks.
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Apple and date flapjacks
I created this recipe for apple and date flapjacks using the Sweetpea Pantry super oat flapjack mix. I have been trying out some of their healthier kids baking mixes over the last few weeks and the kids have enjoyed every single one.
- 150 g butter or coconut oil melted
- 230 g pack of Sweetpea Pantry Super Oat Flapjack Mix or mix of wholemeal flour and porridge oats
- 10 Medjool* dates chopped
- 1 Bramley apple cooked to a purée
- 5 tbsp date syrup or honey, agave syrup or maple syrup
Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan. Grease a 20cm square baking tin and line with non-stick baking paper.
First prepare your ingredients. Soak your dates if necessary* and cook your Bramley apple until you have a rough purée.
Mix 150g melted butter or coconut oil with the 230g pack of flapjack mix, 10 chopped dates, a cooked Bramley apple and 5 tbsp date syrup.
Pour the mixture into the prepared tin then use your hands to push it down very firmly. You may wish to cover it with a sheet of baking paper to do this. If you don't press it down firmly at this stage it won't hold together when cooked so it's worth taking the time to do this.
Bake for 35 minutes until lightly golden but still soft. Remove from the oven and cut into squares while still warm. Leave in the tin until completely cool.
*If you are not using Medjool dates you may find your dates are a bit dry. If this is the case soak them in hot water for 20 minutes before starting this recipe. Drain before use.
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*Disclaimer: I was sent these products to review by Sweetpea Pantry and received no other payment for this post.