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Healthy flapjacks recipe for kids by Sneaky Veg

Healthy flapjacks for kids

Mandy Mazliah
These healthy flapjacks are free from refined sugar and are perfect for kids. They make great picnic or lunchbox fillers, or a healthy dessert for small people.
4.62 from 138 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine British
Servings 9
Calories 189 kcal


  • 200 g oats
  • 150 g dates chopped, you could also use raisins, chopped apricots or other dried fruit
  • 40 g desiccated coconut or chopped seeds eg sunflower or pumpkin seeds
  • 1 lemon zested
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • 1 apple grated (peeling is optional)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or agave syrup or honey (remember no honey for under ones)
  • 100 g butter Or dairy free spread, sunflower oil or coconut oil or a mix of the two


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C(fan)/200°C/gas mark 6. Grease a 20cm square cake tin and line with baking paper.
  • Place 200g oats, 150g chopped dates or raisins, 40g desiccated coconut, juice of half a lemon, zest of a whole lemon and one grated apple into a food processor or high powered blender. Pulse until broken down and well combined. Set aside. 
  • Place 1 tbsp of honey or maple syrup with 100g of butter or oil into a medium saucepan and heat gently until melted. 
  • Scrape the oat and raisin mixture into the saucepan and stir well. Make sure that all the dry mixture is completely coated in the oil or butter mixture.
  • Pour into the prepared tin and use a rubber spatula to press into the tin. Make sure that you press down really well as this will help the flapjacks hold together. To be really sure they're pressed down well you could lay a sheet of baking paper over the top and use the side of a glass or small rolling pin to press down the mixture.
  • Place in the pre-heated oven and bake for 20 minutes until starting to turn brown. 
  • Remove from the oven and cut into slices in the tin using a sharp knife. Leave to cool completely in the tin then cut again before removing from the tin.


*If your fruit is very dry soak in boiling water for 10 minutes before draining and proceeding with the rest of the recipe.


Calories: 189kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 4gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 16mgPotassium: 280mgFiber: 5gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 29IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 1mg
Keyword healthy flapjacks
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