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Homemade healthy flapjacks are the perfect way to start your day! They are full of flavor, easy to make, and are the best breakfast even on those busy mornings. Vegan, gluten-free, and can be a healthy snack option too!
I have always been a big flapjack and breakfast lover. However, usually they are packed with sugar and butter making them not so healthy. I wanted to create a healthier version that would be just as satisfying as a traditional flapjacks recipe. And guess what?! I finally did it, and that’s why I am sharing these healthy flapjacks with you today.
They are flavorful and simple to make, requiring only 45 minutes from start to finish. These healthy breakfast flapjacks are vegan, gluten-free, and refined-sugar-free. Once you try this delicious easy flapjack recipe, you will crave them all the time!
These vegan flapjacks are totally kid-friendly and will keep your family full and energized for hours. If you love porridge oats and cereal bars, then you will definitely love these! They are great on their own but can also be paired with other breakfast favorites like this refreshing breakfast fruit salad!
👩🏽🍳 Why You’ll Love These Healthy Flapjacks
- Easy To Make: Anyone can whip up a batch of these healthy flapjacks, regardless of experience in the kitchen! The simple ingredients mix together and are added to a baking dish to cook for 15 minutes. Once they are done, all you have to do is let them cool and serve!
- Full Of Nutrients: These low sugar flapjacks are packed full of nourishing nuts, seeds, and spices making them an excellent source for healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
- Kid-Friendly: My kids adore this recipe and it’s the perfect way to sneak in extra nutrition at the start of their day! These healthy flapjacks for kids make a tasty snack to throw in lunch boxes for toddlers, young children, or even older kids too!
- Perfect For Meal Prep: Since this recipe can be stored for 7 days, easily prepare a larger batch ahead of time and enjoy them as a wholesome breakfast all week long!
- Can Be Sugar Free: While these homemade flapjacks are already refined sugar free, you can omit the maple syrup for a completely sugar free option. Be sure to check your nut butter for added sugar, too.
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This healthy flapjack recipe with maple syrup calls for simple wholesome ingredients that combine to create a hearty breakfast or nourishing snack. For the full recipe and nutritional information, see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Nut Butter: Use any nut butter you’d like for this healthy oat flapjack recipe. Smooth peanut butter or almond butter are great options. The healthiest nut butter options contain just one ingredient, the nut itself.
- Maple Syrup: With just a little maple syrup you get a nice boost of flavor and sweetness.
- Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is full of fatty acids and can contribute to weight loss.
- Rolled Oats: Using rolled oats will give a hearty consistency for these low calorie flapjacks. Make sure they are certified gluten free if that is a priority for you.
- Ground Flaxseed: Flaxseeds are high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, making them a great addition to this healthier flapjacks recipe.
- Dates: By using chopped dates you not only get added nutrients, but also a touch of natural sweetness! I use medjool dates.
- Banana: Not only is mashed banana tasty, but it also is a great alternative to eggs and helps keep these oatmeal flapjacks together. For more sweetness, be sure to use ripe bananas
- Apple: Grated apple is a tasty way to add more fiber to these healthy flapjacks.
- Vanilla Extract, Spices & Salt: Vanilla extract, cinnamon and nutmeg add a warmth to these healthy seed flapjacks and pair really well with the other flavors. Salt ties everything together, enhancing all the flavors!
- Nuts & Seeds: A mix of crushed nuts and seeds work really well in this low fat flapjack recipe both for consistency, texture and flavor. I used pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and almonds.
🍲 Ingredient Substitutions
- Quick Oats: If you prefer a chewy texture you can try these low fat flapjacks with quick-cooking oats.
- Different Sweeteners: For an alternative to maple syrup, you can use agave syrup! It will add a similar sweetness to these bars. Date paste, honey, or coconut sugar would also work!
- Raisins: If you do not have any dates on hand, raisins or other dried fruit will be equally delicious. Raisin flapjacks work really well with the cinnamon and nutmeg!
- Butter Or Ghee: If you do not need this recipe to be vegan, you can use butter or ghee in place of the coconut oil.
🔪 How To Make Healthy Flapjacks
Making these healthy seeded flapjacks is easy and does not require any hard work! Here’s how to make this English flapjacks recipe:
Preheat The Oven & Combine Wet Ingredients: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the nut butter, maple syrup, vanilla, and coconut oil into a medium pot over medium/low heat. Stir until smooth and combined.
Mix Dry Ingredients: In a separate large bowl mix together all of the rest of the ingredients: oats, flax, dates, bananas, apples, through seeds.
Combine Wet & Dry Ingredients: Add the dry ingredients to the pot and stir to combine.
Add Mix Into Prepared Tin: Pour the mixture into an 8×8 baking pan lined with parchment paper and press down so it’s even (you can use a sheet of parchment paper and a rolling pin or the back of a spoon to help in pressing it down in the square pan). The bars should be about ½ inch thick.
Bake: Bake nut and seed flapjack bars for 15 minutes in the preheated oven or until the top is golden brown.
Let Cool: Cool for at least 15 minutes on a wire rack or stovetop before slicing. Serve these healthy banana flapjacks warm.
💭 Expert Tips
- Use Parchment Paper: While you can simply grease the square tin, using parchment or greaseproof paper will make it a lot easier to remove them out of the pan.
- Let Cool Completely: Be sure to wait until the bars are entirely cool, which should be about 15 minutes. If you don’t let them sit they will fall apart as you cut them!
- Make Them Chewier: For chewy flapjacks, add 1/2 cup oat flour to the batter and/or pulse the batter in a food processor before adding it to the baking pan.
- Fall Spices: Add extra cinnamon and nutmeg, along with pumpkin pie spice into this low calorie flapjack recipe mixture for the perfect fall flavors.
- Banana Flapjack: Replace the apple with 1 banana (so you’d use 2 bananas total for this recipe) to give it a very banana-bread type flavor!
- Chocolate Flapjack Recipe: Add in 1/4 cup chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips into the batter before baking. This is a really tasty option for chocolate lovers.
- Fruit Nut And Seed Flapjack Recipe: Mix in your favorite fruits, fresh or dried. Blueberries, chopped strawberries, dried cranberries, or raisins would all be lovely options. Feel free to add chia seeds or flaxseeds into the batter too for additional protein and healthy fats!
- Almond Flapjack Oatmeal Bars: Try these out with a different flavor. Swap out the vanilla extract for some almond extract, use almond butter, and crushed almonds instead of peanuts or other nuts!
- Coconut Flapjacks: Mix in coconut flakes for a boost of coconut flavor for this flapjack with nuts and seeds recipe!
- High Protein Flapjack: Although these already have protein from the nut butter, nuts, and seeds, you can boost the protein content even more with some vanilla protein powder. There are many great vegan options for protein powders on the market.
- Low Fat Flapjack Recipe with Honey: This recipe is vegan, so it uses maple syrup instead of honey. But you could easily substitute the maple syrup for honey to get a vegetarian flapjack.
🍽 Serving Suggestions
These healthy flapjacks are very filling and satisfying on their own, but also go great with a refreshing smoothie, like this kale apple smoothie or a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice. For a heartier breakfast, try them with this silken tofu scramble or roasted rosemary potatoes for the perfect balance of sweet and savory!
🙌 Dietary Adaptations
This simple recipe is naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan. It is also refined sugar free! For completely sugar free flapjacks, omit the maple syrup and add more nut butter or coconut oil as a binder. If you have a nut allergy, you can substitute as needed with other options more suitable for you. These are great with sunflower butter!
These oatmeal bars are super easy to store in either the fridge or freezer! Here’s how to store and keep these healthy flapjacks:
To Store In The Fridge: Once the flapjacks have adequately cooled, place them in an airtight container. Keep them in the refrigerator for 5-7 days. You can warm them up for 10-15 seconds in the microwave to enjoy them warm.
To Freeze: Let them cool completely. Then wrap each one up individually with some plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Then place the flapjacks in a freezer bag or airtight container.
To Reheat: Take them out and thaw on the counter or in the fridge. Once thawed, eat them cold or heat in the microwave to warm them up.
Traditionally, a flapjack is a baked oat bar or a cereal bar – made from oats, some sort of syrup or sweetener, and butter or oil. But in the US, we often use “flapjacks” and “pancakes” interchangeably. In America, a flapjack might just be a more rustic version of a pancake, and on restaurant menus you’ll see both terms for the same dish! In the UK, flapjacks made in the traditional way and are similar to baked oatmeal bars – they are nothing like a pancake!
British and American flapjacks are completely different from one another! American flapjacks are pretty much the same as a pancake, whereas a recipe for British flapjacks are more like an oat granola bar. They are my favorite kind of flapjack! Instead of being cooked in a pan or griddle, they are baked in the oven. Traditionally, British flapjack recipes have oats, butter, brown sugar, and golden syrup. My version is obviously much healthier than that, but tastes just as good as the traditional version!
Typically no, flapjacks often have a high amount of sugar in them, which makes them more of a treat than a healthy option. But this healthy flapjacks recipe modifies the ingredients for a wholesome and delicious alternative!
The high oat content in these bars provides antioxidants and heart-healthy fiber. These bars will keep your blood sugar steady making them a healthy option for an energy bar. Each contains 5 grams of fiber! Plus, they only contain 3 grams of added sugar from the maple syrup! The rest is all natural sugars from the bananas, dates, and apples.
To top it off, you’ll get omega 3 fatty acids and tons of vitamins when you eat these oat bars, thanks to the flaxseed, dates, apples, bananas, nuts and seeds. It’s like a nutritional powerhouse! Vitamin E, copper, magnesium, iron, calcium, phosphorus, and zinc all can be found in this easy flapjack recipe.
You can absolutely eat these flapjacks for breakfast, although they are also great as a snack anytime of day! Thanks to the balance of healthy fats, protein, and fiber you will feel satiated without spiking your blood sugar levels. Having these flapjacks as your breakfast is a great choice!
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🎥 Watch How to Make It
- 2 tbsp almond or peanut butter
- 2 tbsp maple syrup note: I reduced the maple syrup to keep the sugar content low, but for a richer, sweeter, stickier flapjack, I recommend increasing to up to 4 tbsp syrup.
- 1 tbsp coconut oil note: I kept the oil low to keep the fat content down. But if you want a flapjack that is richer and sticks together like a granola bar, I recommend increasing to up to 5 tbsp oil.
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups rolled oats (162 grams)
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
- ½ cup chopped dates (73.5 grams)
- 1 banana mashed
- 1 apple grated
- 1 pinch salt
- sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg optional
- ½ cup chopped nuts (72 grams) I used chopped almonds, but feel free to use any chopped nuts of choice
- ¼ cup mixed seeds of choice (16 grams) (I used pumpkin + sunflower)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place the nut butter, maple syrup, vanilla, and butter into a medium pot over medium/low heat. Stir until smooth and combined.
- In a separate bowl mix together the rest of the ingredients: oats through seeds.
- Add the dry ingredients to the pot and stir to combine.
- Pour the mixture into an 8×8 baking dish lined with parchment paper and press down so it’s even (you can use a sheet of parchment paper and a rolling pin to help in pressing it down) The bars should be about ½ inch thick.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
- Cool for at least 15 minutes before slicing. Serve warm.
- Fall Spices: Add some cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, and/or pumpkin pie spice into the flapjack recipe mixture.
- Banana Flapjack: Replace the apple with 1 banana (so you’d use 2 bananas total for this recipe) to give it a very banana-bread type flavor!
- Chocolate Flapjack Recipe: Add in 1/4 cup chopped dark chocolate into the batter before baking.
- Mixed Fruit Flapjack: Mix in your favorite fruits, fresh or dried. Blueberries, chopped strawberries, dried cranberries, or even raisins would all be lovely options.
- Almond Flapjacks: Swap out the vanilla extract for some almond extract, use almond butter, and crushed almonds instead of peanuts or other nuts!
- Flapjack Recipe with Honey: This recipe is vegan, so it uses maple syrup instead of honey. But you could easily substitute the maple syrup for honey to get a vegetarian flapjack.
- Chewy Flapjack Recipe: The recipe as-is feels more like a granola bar than a dense, chewy bar. To get that super chewy consistency, add 1/2 cup oat flour into the batter. You can also add the batter into a food processor before baking to get an even chewier consistency and dense bar.
- Try to push all the ingredients into the pan evenly so they are around ½ inch thick.
- Using parchment paper in the baking dish with make it a lot easier to remove them out of the pan.
- After the flapjacks cool for 15 minutes slice them up. If you don’t let them sit they will fall apart as you cut them!
- For a chewier, dense flapjack, add 1/2 cup oat flour to the batter and/or pulse the batter in a food processor before adding it to the baking pan.
- If you want a completely sugar-free flapjack, you can omit the maple syrup.