The other day I was in Boston Tea Party, one of my favourite cafes in Bristol, eating a Sugar-Free banana and Date Flapjack. I chose it over the delicious looking Brownies/Blondies/carrot cake array because I’ve been eating a lot of sugar recently and wanted to steer clear for a while. Anyway, the flapjack was delicious and didn’t taste bland at all, so I was inspired to try it myself. Googled the recipe and a couple came up but the basic gist was so easy! You need very little ingredients and the beauty is many of them I had anyway. I switched dates for cranberries and added some optional cinnamon but this easy recipe turned out to be a hit with my house-mates – so here it is!
- 2-3 bananas
- A packet of dried cranberries
- 80ml vegetable/sun-flower oil
- 2 cups of oats
- Vanilla essence
Pre-heat the over to 175c and grease up a tin – this mixture doesn’t make that many flapjacks so make it a small-ish one. Next, slice and mash the bananas then literally add everything else and stir in well. Leave the mixture to sit for 5 minutes to allow the oats to soak up the all the oils, then spoon into the baking tray and cook for around 25 minutes. So easy! The vanilla essence and cinnamon is optional, but as there is no sugar or maple syrup involved I find them pretty essential for adding flavour. Although this defeats the point of it being sugar-free, I also thought they might taste nice with a small spoonful of honey added. Another great thing about this recipe is that it’s almost gluten-free. One of my house-mates shouldn’t have eaten this last night but she couldn’t resist – if you do want to make it gluten free just look out for gluten-free oats. They’re slightly more expensive but worth it if you’re gluten intolerant.
Final tip – slice while warm! The bananas keep the flapjack moist when cool but always best to cut it while still soft.