When is a flapjack not a flapjack? Oaty bars may sound less snazzy but the overriding feedback of my taste tasters are these are too fruity and not buttery enough to be dubbed a flapjack.
These Banana and Apple Oat Bars will still satisfy your oaty cravings but are packed full of banana and apple goodness as well as lovely seeds and dried fruits.
- 50g butter or margarine, plus a little extra for greasing
- 2 tbsp Whynut Pistachio Paste or smooth nut butter
- 3 tbsp honey, golden or maple syrup
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 bramley apple, peeled and grated
- 100ml hot water
- 250g rolled oats (I used a mix of jumbo and oat bran)
- 185g dried mixed fruit
- 85g mixed seeds (I used flax, chia, pumpkin and sunflower)
- Heat oven to 160C or 140C fan. Grease and line a 22cm square tin with baking parchment.
- Heat the butter, nut butter and honey, golden or maple syrup in a small pan until melted. Add the mashed banana, apple and 100ml hot water, and mix to combine.
- Tip the oats, the dried fruit and the seeds into a large bowl. Pour in the fruity, buttery mixture and stir until everything is coated by the wet mixture. Tip into your prepared tin and spread evenly.
- Bake for 45 mins until golden.
- Leave to cool completely in the tin, I left mine over night. Cut into 12 pieces to serve or store in an airtight container in the fridge.
If you fancy trying the pistachio paste you can find WhyNut’s products here. You can use it in place of Tahini for super interesting hummus or in satay sauce, it’s versatile and made from just pistachios and nothing else!
These are surprisingly resilient little bars, I went for a 45 minute run with one in a plastic tub in my backpack and it survived!