09 May 2012

Carrot, Banana and Chocolate Chip Flapjacks

I like to make flapjacks for Cooper's lunchbox, but I hadn't made any for a quite while. I had just received a delivery of carrots from Scotty Brand and as luck would have it I visited Allotment 2 Kitchen just in time to spot Shaheen's Carrot & Raisin Flapjacks. I knew immediately that I had to make them. It was such an inspired idea to add carrots to a flapjack. I took the idea from Shaheen's flapjacks and went back to my own go-to flapjack recipe and made a few changes.

The resulting flapjacks were a hit. Soft, chewy flapjacks with lots of flavour. The carrots go slightly carmelly, which is lovely and the banana flavour is there, but not overpowering. I also added some spices to the mix. At the planning stage they were looking pretty healthy. Honey, oats, carrots and banana, but you know me, I just couldn't resist adding some chocolate chips. Mmmmmmmm!

So easy, so quick and such a great sweet tasting snack to give you some energy, but at the same time very satisfying too.





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Carrot, Banana and Chocolate Chip Flapjacks

Soft, chewy flapjacks, made with oats, honey, grated carrot and banana. It you are feeling naughty, add some chocolate chips.

Ingredients
  • 115g/½ cup butter
  • 5 tbsp runny honey
  • 250g/2½ cups oats
  • ½ banana
  • 1 carrot, approximately 25g/½ cup carrot, grated
  • 100g/ ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
Instructions
1. Heat the oven to gas mark 3/325f/160c/140c fan. 
2. Grease a tray or brownie pan. 
3. In a large bowl mix together the oats, chocolate chips and spices. 
4. Mash your half banana until it is squidgy and soft. 
5. In a small pan, melt together the butter and honey and then mix in the banana and grated carrot. 
6. Leave the melted butter mixture to cool slightly and then mix into the oats. If you pour it in too soon, the chocolate chips will just melt into goo. 
7. Bake for 25 minutes. Take out near the end and test with your finger, it should be slightly springy if you want a chewy flapjack. Leave it in longer if you want a crisper flapjack. 
8. Cut into 16 squares while still warm, then leave to cool in the pan. 
9. Enjoy

Details
Total time:  

Yield
16 Flapjacks

 



Disclosure: Scotty Brand provided me with carrots to cook or bake with, but I was not required to write a positive review and I was not paid for this post.

39 comments:

  1. They look lovely Jac - I made Rudolph's flapjacks back in December (obv with added carrot) and was surprised at just how delicious they were!

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    1. The carrots really work well in the flapjacks, don't they Caroline? I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner. Glad I saw Shaheen's post.

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  2. ooh you know how much I love bananas! These flapjacks look tasty and healthy! A little bit of chocolate is good for you :) Great idea to bake them for lunchboxes.

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    1. Yes, I am sticking to that line too Ros. Dark chocolate is supposed to be good for you :)

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  3. interesting combination of flavours! So sorry we did not meet :( You live in such a beautiful country and we will be back for sure some day :)

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    1. I know it is such a shame, but just one of those things. Next time then. I am so glad you enjoyed Scotland :)

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  4. Oh I do like the sound of these Jac, I bet they were deliciously fudgy and given that chocolate is good for you really, these have got to be super healthy treats ;-)

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    1. Yes, I am with you on the chocolate, hehe :) They are good. Shaheen is a clever girl x

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  5. these look so good esp as I am right out of home baked lunch box treats at the moment - makes morning tea quite dull when I am eating Sylvia's rejected breakfast :-( Did cooper help out with the photo styling and lend you some letters :-)

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    1. So quick and easy to make Johanna, quick go make some!!! Hehe, no the letters are mine and not Coopers. They spell bake. A friend bought them for me.

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  6. Mmm, yum it's like a bit of a carrot cake crossed with a flapjack.

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    1. It is exactly like that Becs, especially with the spices. you should try them :)

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  7. Gosh, I haven't made flapjacks for such a long time. Your carrot and banana ones look very good and you can even get one of your five a day - result!

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  8. Yay!!!! Can't I count the banana too? I suppose I would have to eat the lot to get my portion. Not sounding so good after all :)

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  9. It looks and sounds SO GOOD!

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  10. Love the look of these - sneaky way to get more veg in the kids too.

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  11. Ilove the idea of carrot in flapjacks. These sound much healthier than my normal ones - even with the chocolate chips!

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    1. My original recipe calls for sugar as well as golden syrup, but I decided they just didn't need it.

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  12. I love trying out new additions to flapjacks - but I've never done carrot, for some reason! :)

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    1. I wouldn't have thought of it either if it wasn't for Shaheen. I am so glad I caught her post.

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  13. Your blog is one of the best blogs.
    I would like to come back again.
    I am sure of that you are also glad to help every other.
    Thank you for sharing!
    Various Cooking Recipe

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  14. Ah big smile, I love your banana variation and Thanks for the kind mention. I'll be updating my Carrot Flapjack post and linking it to your recipe here, so that fellow readers can see variations and be inspired. x

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    1. Thanks Shaheen, that is good of you. I was very excited when I saw your flapjacks. Great idea to add the carrot.

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  15. What an interesting idea, I'd never of thought of using carrot in flapjacks but they look and sound really delicious!! I could also kid myself that they're a health food as they contain vegetables!!! :-)

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    1. Oh yes, definitely healthy Laura :)

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  16. A divine creation, Jacqueline! Yeah! They look uttterly delicious!

    Yum Yum Yum Yum!

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  17. Excellent idea, I made carrot and coconut flapjacks once but they didn't turn out quite right, but your use of carrots here has inspired me to give it another go so thanks :)

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    1. I wonder what went wrong. Well I hope you enjoy these :)

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  18. What a fantastic way to sneak some extra fruit and veg into yummy flapjacks! Love this idea- which is why they are one of my Foodies 100 Ten at Ten today

    http://www.foodies100.co.uk/2012/05/16/best-of-the-foodie-blogs-ten-at-ten-19/

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    1. Awww thanks Emma. I am off to have a look x

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  20. Hi Hun - How yummy - delicious flapjacks and a good way to get the hidden veg into the kids without them potentially noticing...

    Thanks so much for entering Family Friendly Fridays. I hope you are well xxx

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