How to make healthy orange flapjacks

Here’s the problem. If I’m no a long drive somewhere, I’ll stop of for fuel and fancy a snack to keep me going. I always go for one of those big, brick like flapjacks in a packet … because they are yummy. But they’re full of sugar.

So I found this recipe for a healthier alternative, added my own twist, reduced the sugar content even more and here’s the result. Orange flapjacks made with no refined sugar and nothing but natural ingredients. If you’re vegan than you can replace the honey with maple syrup.

These are perfect snacks, great for the kids lunch box and what’s even better is you can make a whole pile of them and store them in the freezer.

You’ll probably get around 12 flapjacks out of this mixture. But that will depend on how big you cut them up.


  • 150g porridge oats
  • 45g dried fruit (anything goes)
  • 45g chopped nuts and/or seeds (anything goes)
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1tsp orange essence (you could use vanilla instead)
  • 2 mashed up bananas


  • Set your oven to around 180c
  • Line a baking tray with baking paper or a little oil
  • In a bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients together
  • Then add the coconut oil, honey, orange essence and finally the mashed banana
  • Mix the ingredients thoroughly and spread out onto your baking tray. The mixture should be no more than around 10mm thick.
  • Bake in the oven for around 20 minutes or until the top starts to brown.
  • Let the flapjacks cool before cutting up into portions.
  • These are best stored in the fridge.

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