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Scottish Carrot, Banana and Chocolate Chip Flapjacks

Soft, chewy Scottish flapjacks, made with oats, honey (or maple syrup), grated carrot and banana. It you are feeling naughty, add some chocolate chips.

Scottish Carrot, Banana and Chocolate Chip Flapjacks

Scottish Carrot, Banana and Chocolate Chip Flapjacks

I like to make flapjacks for my son's lunchbox, but I've not made any for a quite while.

I wanted to add either some fruit or veg to the flapjacks, so I had a look in the fridge and I spotted the carrots. I've also added banana to flapjacks before and knew that worked, but wanted to add a little chocolate, so I added some dark chocolate chips.

These are a twist on a traditional Scottish recipe.

Soft Chewy Flapjacks

Scottish Carrot, Banana and Chocolate Chip Flapjack

The flapjacks were a hit.

Soft, chewy flapjacks with lots of flavour.

The carrots go slightly caramelised, which is an added bonus 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!

Of course if you don't have honey or if you want to make these vegan, then you can use maple syrup instead of honey.

These flapjacks are so easy, so quick and such a great sweet tasting snack to give you an energy boost, but at the same time very satisfying too.

porridge oats

Porridge Oats

The main ingredient in these snack bars is porridge oats, which slowly release energy to keep you going longer.

When choosing the oats for these flapjacks, go for porridge oats, the regular type you use for making your breakfast porridge.

Oatmeal is too fine and jumbo oats are too big and don't bind well or give you that chewy texture.

For more Scottish recipes have a look at my recipe index of Scottish Recipes for Vegans and Vegetarians



Mashed banana is added to these flapjacks. 

It helps to make them chewy, adds extra nutrients and helps to bind them.

You are looking for a ripe banana for this dish.

Bananas are full of potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C and magnesium.



I added a grated carrot to these flapjacks for more nutrients.

Carrots can be added to lots of sweet bakes including carrot cake, brownies, blondies, cookies and flapjacks.

As a bonus they turn a bit caramel like at the edges.

Carrots provide lots of vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin B6.

dark chocolate chips

Dark Chocolate Chips

Now you don't have to add chocolate chips, but that wee bite of chocolate scattered through these flapjacks elevate them from bog standard Scottish flapjacks.

Of course you could skip them.

I say add them, but choose good quality dark chocolate chips which are much healthier than milk chocolate chips which also contain milk, sugar and sometimes oil.

Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants and has a good amount of iron, copper, maganese, potassium and zinc.

Scottish Carrot, Banana and Chocolate Chip Flapjacks

Why are flapjacks so good?

  1. They are chewy
  2. They are relatively healthy compared to other snack or oat bars
  3. They give you slow released energy thanks to the oats
  4. They are easy to make
  5. They store well
  6. They are great in lunchboxes
  7. They are great with a cup of coffee
  8. They are perfect if you are hillwalking
  9. They are easy to pack
  10. They won't get squashed in your pocket 
  11. They are child friendly
  12. They are super tasty

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Reader's Recipes

A lot of my readers get in touch with me on social media or by email to let me know they are trying my recipes and enjoying them.

Some of them are kind enough to share photos too.

Today one of my readers, Cheryl White @minnetteawdean kindly shared a photo of these carrot flapjacks. She made a nice tweak and added walnuts instead of chocolate chips. Tasty!

readers photo of her batch of flapjacks

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Yield: 16 flapjacks

Scottish Carrot, Banana and Chocolate Chip Flapjacks

Scottish 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.
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 25 Mtotal time: 35 M


  • 115g/½ cups butter (or dairy free spread)
  • 5 tbsp runny honey (or maple syrup)
  • 250g/2½ cups oats
  • ½ banana
  • 1 carrot, grated (approx. 25g /1/2 cup)
  • 100g/ ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger


How to cook Scottish Carrot, Banana and Chocolate Chip Flapjacks

  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!


These will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days.
The chocolate chips are optional.
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  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!

    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.

  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.

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

  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 :)

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

  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 ;-)

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

  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 :-)

    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.

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

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

  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!

  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 :)

  9. It looks and sounds SO GOOD!

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

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

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

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

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

  13. 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

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

  14. 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!!! :-)

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

    Yum Yum Yum Yum!

  16. 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 :)

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

  17. 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

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  19. 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

  20. What kind of butter do you use? A vegan butter or a nut butter?

    1. It can be made with butter or dairy free spread. Never tried it with nut butter.


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