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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

Anjali Shah

Healthy Flapjacks

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My easy homemade healthy flapjacks are the perfect way to kickstart your day. Naturally vegan and gluten free, they are packed with lots of flavor, crunchy nuts, and nutritious seeds. I love to serve these low-sugar flapjacks for breakfast on busy mornings or as a healthy afternoon snack to my kids – they’re ideal for anyone looking for a satsifying, make-ahead, grab-and-go recipe!

Healthy flapjack bars on sheet of parchment paper.

I have always been a big flapjack and breakfast lover. However, they are usually loaded with sugar and butter making them not so healthy. So 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 excited to share this amazing recipe with you today. If you love porridge oats and cereal bars, then you will definitely love these healthy flapjacks as much as we do in my house. 

It’s a 45 minute recipe from start to finish that is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free. They are totally kid-friendly too. These yummy healthy breakfast flapjacks will keep your family full and energized for hours, especially when paired with my refreshing breakfast fruit salad!

Anyone can whip up a batch of my healthy flapjacks, regardless of your experience in the kitchen! Once the simple ingredients are combined and added to the baking tin, they take just 15 minutes to bake. Then all you have to do is let them cool and serve!

My low-fat flapjacks are packed full of nourishing nuts, seeds, and spices making them an excellent source of healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. Plus, they are easy to make completely sugar-free by omitting the maple syrup and using nut butter free of added sugar.

Keep in mind, there is a difference between US and UK flapjacks! While these breakfast favorites may share the same name, they are very different in both their form and texture.

In the UK, flapjacks are basically baked oat bars. You combine rolled oats, butter, golden syrup, or honey, press the mixture into a baking tray, and bake until golden brown. As you might notice, my recipe is based on the popular UK version! This is not a recipe for US flapjacks which are the fluffy pancakes that we all know and love.

My kids love this recipe and it’s the perfect way to sneak in extra nutrition! My healthy flapjacks for kids make a tasty start to their day and are also great to throw in lunch boxes for toddlers, young children, or even older kids!

I will often use these as a great meal prep option, as they keep for up to 7 days and can be stored in the freezer too. You can easily prepare a larger batch ahead of time and enjoy them for weeks too!

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🥘 Ingredients

My healthy flapjack recipe with maple syrup calls for simple wholesome ingredients that come together to create a hearty breakfast or nourishing snack. Check out the recipe card at the bottom of the post for the full recipe and nutritional information.

Ingredients for healthy flapjacks recipe on a white background.

Nut Butter: I’ve used both smooth peanut butter and almond butter for this healthy oat flapjacks recipe. But you can use any nut butter you’d like, and even sunflower butter would work. Just remember that the healthiest nut butters contain just one ingredient, the nut itself.

Maple Syrup: I use just a little maple syrup to add a nice boost of flavor and a touch of sweetness. You can also use agave syrup to add a similar sweetness to the bars. Date paste, honey, or coconut sugar are also other options. 

Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is full of healthy fatty acids (source) and helps the recipe come together. If this recipe doesn’t need to be vegan, you can use butter or ghee instead.

Rolled Oats: I like using rolled oats because it gives these low calorie flapjacks a hearty texture. If you prefer a chewy texture you can try this recipe with quick-cooking oats. Make sure your oats are certified gluten free if that is a priority for you.

Ground Flaxseed: Flaxseeds are high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids (source), which makes them a great addition to this healthier flapjacks recipe.

Dates: Chopped dates provide a chewy texture as well as more nutrients and a touch of natural sweetness! I always use medjool dates. If you don’t have any dates on hand, raisins and other dried fruits will be just as delicious. 

Banana & Apple: I use mashed banana as an alternative to eggs to help hold these flapjacks together and add another layer of flavor too. Make sure to use ripe bananas. Grated apple is a tasty way that I add even more fiber to these healthy kids flapjacks.

Vanilla Extract, Spices, Salt: I love how a splash of aromatic vanilla extract complements the fruit flavors. A sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg are optional ingredients that I often include to add warmth. And a pinch of salt ties all the flavors of these healthy seed flapjacks together. So don’t leave it out!

Nuts & Seeds: I used a combination of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and almonds to add both texture and flavor to my low sugar flapjack recipe.

🔪 How To Make Healthy Flapjacks

Making these healthy seeded flapjacks is easy and does not require any hard work! My video below shows you just how easily they come together with very little effort. 

Here’s how to make this English flapjacks recipe:

Preheat The Oven & Combine Wet Ingredients: First, I preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (176 degrees Celsius). Then, I put the nut butter, maple syrup, vanilla, and coconut oil into a medium saucepan over medium-low heat and stir until the mixture is smooth and well combined.

Nut butter, maple syrup, vanilla, and coconut oil being mixed in a mixing bowl.

Mix Dry Ingredients: In a separate large bowl, I mix the rest of the ingredients: oats, flax, dates, bananas, apples, through seeds.

Oats, nuts and seeds added to wet ingredients in a mixing bowl.

Combine Wet & Dry Ingredients: Then I add the dry ingredients to the pot and stir to combine.

Oats, nuts and seeds being mixed in a mixing bowl.

Put Into Prepared Tin: Pour the mixture into an 8×8 baking pan lined with parchment paper and press down so it’s even. I like to use a sheet of parchment paper and a rolling pin or the back of a spoon to help press it down into the square pan. Your bars should be about ½ inch thick.

Low calorie British flapjack batter being pressed into a baking dish lined with parchment paper.

Bake: I bake these nut and seed flapjack bars for 15 minutes in the preheated oven or until the top is golden brown. Just remember every oven is different so be sure to check them after about 13 minutes. 

English flapjacks being sliced on a sheet of parchment paper into squares.

Let Cool: Let them cool for at least 15 minutes on a wire rack or stovetop before slicing. Then serve your healthy banana flapjacks warm or store them for later. 

British flapjack bars being cut into squares on a sheet of parchment paper.

My #1 tip for making my healthy flapjacks is to 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 from the pan. Parchment paper is also really helpful when pressing the mixture into the baking dish, to ensure the bars are uniformly thick. Pressing the mixture into the baking dish is important, because it helps your flapjacks hold together!

Other Tips To Keep In Mind:

  • Use Fresh Ingredients: Oats, nuts, and seeds can all go stale. Make sure all the ingredients are fresh for the best taste and texture.
  • Preheat Your Oven: Always preheat your oven before you begin any recipe to ensure even baking. 
  • 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!
  • Use A Sharp Knife For Cutting: To get clean edges, use a sharp knife to slice into squares or rectangles. Make sure to wipe the knife clean between cuts!
  • Make Them Chewier: Make chewy healthy flapjacks for toddlers! Just add ½ cup oat flour to the batter and/or pulse the batter in a food processor before adding it to the baking pan.

📖 Variations

Fall Spices: Add extra cinnamon and nutmeg, along with a pinch of pumpkin pie spice to my low calorie flapjack recipe for the perfect mixture of 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: Sometimes I’ll add ¼ cup chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips to the batter before baking. This is a really tasty option for chocolate lovers.

Fruit Nut And Seed Flapjacks: 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 whole flaxseeds into the batter for additional protein and healthy fats!

Almond Flapjack Oatmeal Bars: To switch things up, I’ll swap out the vanilla extract for some almond extract, use almond butter, and crushed almonds instead of peanuts or other nuts!

Coconut Flapjacks: Fold coconut flakes into the mixture to add a boost of coconut flavor to 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 by adding some vanilla protein powder. There are many great vegan protein powders on the market.

Low Fat Flapjack Recipe With Honey: My 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

I find that these flapjacks are very filling on their own, but also go great with a refreshing smoothie or fresh squeezed orange juice. I’ll even serve them as part of a heartier breakfast. Here are just a few of my favorite ways to serve these bars:

With Smoothies: English flapjacks can be paired with any smoothie for a complete breakfast on the go. My family loves these bars with my kale apple smoothie or apple carrot smoothie

As a Side: You can serve these with my silken tofu scramble and roasted rosemary potatoes for the perfect family weekend breakfast. They are also wonderful with my flaxseed pudding

As a Starter: Hosting a brunch or afternoon tea? I’ve served these bars many times as part of a spread with my savory vegetable muffins and Nutella pizza with banana

For Dessert: Turn this recipe into a healthy dessert by topping the warm bars with a dollop of whipped cream! Even better, top them with a scoop of my lychee ice cream and mango nice cream for the ultimate dessert. 

🫙 Storage Directions

Fridge: Once the flapjacks have adequately cooled, place them in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.

Freezer: First, let them cool completely. Then wrap each one individually with some plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place them in a freezer bag or airtight container. Flapjacks will keep in the freezer for 2-3 months.

Reheating: I warm them up for 10-15 seconds in the microwave. However, if frozen, you need to let them thaw out in the fridge or at room temperature prior to reheating.

❓Recipe FAQs

Why are my flapjacks falling apart?

I have found that these may fall apart if they don’t have enough binding agents – this is why it’s important to accurately measure your ingredients. The bars can also fall apart if you’ve added too many mix-ins, or if the mixture isn’t pressed firmly enough into the baking dish. I recommend using a spatula or the back of a spoon to help you press it down.

How do I know when the bars are done?

You can tell they are ready when the top is golden brown and the edges start to pull away slightly from the sides of the baking dish. It’s also crucial to let the bars cool completely. This cooling period allows them to firm up and makes them easier to slice without crumbling.

Can I make this recipe completely sugar-free?

Yes, you can omit the maple syrup to make my healthy seeded flapjack recipe completely sugar-free. However, you may need to slightly adjust the amount of dry ingredients or wet ingredients to achieve the right consistency. The mixture should be moist enough to hold together but not too wet. I’d recommend starting with replacing the maple syrup with an equal amount of nut butter or coconut oil to help with binding the mixture.

Healthy flapjacks on sheet of parchment paper.

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Healthy flapjack bars on sheet of parchment paper.
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5 from 18 votes

Healthy Flapjacks

My 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, great for kids, and can be a healthy snack option too!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Cooling Time15 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Baking, Breakfast, Brunch, Snack
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 9 flapjacks
Calories: 213kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 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)
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Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

Recipe Variations
  • 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.
Top Tips  
  • 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.
This Recipe Makes 9 large flapjacks or 16 small flapjacks. 
Nutritional Info For 16 Flapjacks (1 flapjack = 1 serving): 124 Calories; 5.2g Fat (1.3g Saturated); 0mg Cholesterol, 22.3mg Sodium, 132.1mg Potassium, 18g Carbs, 2.9g Fiber, 7.9g Sugar, 3.2g Protein

Nutrition

Serving: 1flapjack | Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 292mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 13g

20 responses to “Healthy Flapjacks”

  1. Such a delicious kid-friendly recipe! The flavors sound absolutely amazing and I love that the prep is only 15 minutes.5 stars

  2. Those flapjacks are guilt-free goodness! A delicious way to start the day. Love these wholesome treats!5 stars

  3. Loved these❤️ I could almost feel them doing me good, even though they were not sweet enough for me and so I put a layer of lemon icing over them 🥰 thank you.5 stars

  4. These look so perfectly crunchy… I’ll make them to have as cereal bar snacks! YUM! Thanks for the recipe!5 stars

  5. Being Scottish, I love a good flapjack. Oats of course make the best snacks as they contain slow release energy.5 stars

  6. This was definitely a great way to start my day! Paired perfectly with my morning cup of coffee and was hands down delicious!5 stars

  7. Wow, so many good things in this recipe that could keep me filled up all day long. These are perfect for my busy mornings.5 stars

  8. These are so incredibly nutritious and I love how I can add chocolate to make it all the more delicious! Thanks for sharing such a wonderfully simple and healthy recipe 😀5 stars

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