17 February 2013

Chocolate and Banana Flapjacks






Cooper made these deep, chewy flapjacks for his daddy. Graham misses out on so many nice treats now he is vegan, that it only seemed fair that we made something especially for him.

Chocolate, banana, oats, golden syrup and a final addition of raisins, which Cooper said his daddy would especially like.

Cooper was right and Graham loved his flapjacks.

I measure flapjack ingredients out in cups. It's not a recipe that needs to be precise, so if you don't have baking cups, then just use a teacup. If the mixture seems a little wet, then just add more oats. It should be quite a stiff, almost dry consistency before it is baked.

I used dairy free margarine for these flapjacks, but if you aren't baking for a vegan, then you could use butter. You can also change the golden syrup for honey or agave syrup, it is up to you.

Whatever changes you make, you are going to love these flapjacks!











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Chocolate and Banana Flapjacks
A chewy moist flapjack made with oats, dark chocolate, raisins, banana and golden syrup. Suitable for vegans
Ingredients
  • ½ cup/100g dairy free margarine (or you could use butter)
  • 5 tbsp golden syrup (or you could use agave syrup or honey)
  • 3½ cups porridge oats
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 100g dark chocolate, broken into small chunks
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 160c/140c fan/gas mark 3 and line a brownie pan or baking tray with greaseproof paper. I like to use foil backed parchment as it moulds to the pan nicely and is less fiddly.2. In a small pan melt together the margarine and golden syrup, then stir in the mashed banana and set aside to cool.3. Measure the oats into a large bowl, mix in the raisins and chocolate4. Pour in the cooled wet mixture and stir until well combined. If the mixture seems a little wet, you may add more oats.5. Pour the mixture into your prepared pan and press down with the back of a spoon until even.6. Bake for 25 minutes until golden, but slightly springy to the touch. Leave to cool in the pan. 7. Cut into 16 squares and enjoy!
Details
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Yield: 16 flapjacks









Cooper making Peanut Butter and Jelly Flapjacks.

Here are a few more flapjack recipes to try:

So you have a favourite flapjack recipe?

Do you prefer flapjacks to be chewy or crisp?

30 comments:

  1. Graham is in the right place to go vegan - I am sure you and cooper will make sure he gets some super treats even if no one outside the house does - these sound delicious - I have a problem with flapjacks falling apart on me but these make me want to try again!

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    1. These are lovely soft an chewy Johanna & they keep together pretty well. Banana is a good binder.

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  2. Such a good little helper in the kitchen.

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    1. He is and he just loves making flapjacks as he can do everything himself once I have melted the butter/marg.

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  3. Delicious, and a great use for the chocolate chip granola I was sent and am never going to eat!

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    1. A great idea Helen and much better than eating it with milk.

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  4. The flapjacks look amazing and I can well imagine the great taste. I do some vegan baking from time to time as well - thanks for this great inspiration! And what a little cutie as a helper :-).

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    1. It's a great vegan treat as you don't need any fancy or unusual ingredients, just what you have about the house. He's a great wee helper :)

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  5. Looks lovely and would be great as a snack in my kids' packed lunches.

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  6. Chocolate and banana is such a perfect combination!

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  7. Just from the photos I can see how chocolatey they are - what a lovely way to 'pimp' a flapjack!

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    1. I love that CC, didn't realised I had pimped them up :)

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  8. They look delicious Jac - I love how deep they are. I think I like both chewy or crispy flapjacks - it depends on the mood I'm in at the time! The only time I've made banana flapjacks they were definitely in the chewy camp - I don't think it's possible to get a crispy version using the fresh fruit!

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    1. No, I think you're right Caroline, the banana definitely keeps it moist.

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  9. good old cooper!... love these, they're just so gooey and chewy... I can barely contain myself at the thought of making these babies!

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    1. Go for it Dom! Quick, run to the kitchen!

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  10. Yummy! I love making flapjacks and I also put banana in them as it means less sugar and less butter.
    Next time I will try with chocolate too! :)

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    1. That is true and it does give them a nice chewiness.

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  11. Brilliant Jacs, never heard of banana in flapjacks but they sound and look utterly scrummy as does Cooper (aah). A fab entry into this month's Credit Crunch Munch as these are ingredients most people will have in their cupboards:-) Out of interest has becoming a Vegan affected Graham in any way for the better or worse?

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  12. He's lost lots of weight & he's definitely eating a lot more healthy.

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  13. I'm absolutely starving right now (at almost 11pm) and would love one of these! I love that there's only a few ingredients as well.

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    1. So easy to make Emma and you can change the flavours up easily and make them quite different. Grated carrot is good in them, it goes a bit caramelised. Coconut is another good flavour to add or you can keep them quite plain, with just oats, honey and butter (or marg).

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  14. Thanks Jac for linking to One Ingredient, and I have to say these flapjacks looks so moreish! I like the idea of adding in coconut too! Or perhaps Ginger. YUM!

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