The two things J asks me to make him most days are my chocolate cake and Grandma’s flapjack. Now I love Grandma’s flapjack but it tastes so good and gooey because it is dripping in sugar and golden syrup. It’s not an everday kind of treat and any time I have tried out heathly flapjack alternatives, J has seen straight through them.
I am very happy to report that this date flapjack has been a huge hit in our house and J says it is the ‘best flapjack ever’! The dates give the flapjack a lovely caramel taste and texture and it’s perfect for an after school snack or a lunchbox treat. In fact, we’ve eaten it for breakfast too!
I say healthier rather than healthy as this date flapjack still contains dairy free spread and sugar – although less than a third of a regular flapjack – and I have added a tablespoon of golden syrup to try and replicate some of the traditional taste. You could use agave syrup or honey if you wanted it to remain refined sugar free though. I have seen other similar recipes using banana but I have never been able to hide banana in anything for J without him tasting it! Hovever, he has never questioned the dates and they also add to the golden colouring. These really are a great treat for children and adults alike – I’ve had to stop myself eating the whole container while J is at school!
- 150g dates
- 2tbsp maple syrup
- 2tbsp water
- 100g dairy free spread
- 1tbsp golden syrup
- 150g oats
- Blend dates, maple syrup and water together. (Fresh dates work best but if you are using dried, soak them first or add a bit more water.)
- Add to a saucepan with dairy free spread and golden syrup. and melt gently. Mix in oats until fully coated.
- Press into greased tin and bake at 180C for 10-15mins.