Healthy apple flapjacks are low sugar oat bars, perfect for when you need something filling to keep you going. They are great for a healthy anytime snack or even for an on the go breakfast.
These moist apple flapjacks are soft and chewy. They hold together well, making them great for kids and adults lunchboxes.
Unlike traditional flapjack recipes, healthy apple flapjacks are low in added sugar, and refined sugar free. The natural sweetness in this recipe comes from apple puree, cinnamon and a little honey. (If you're looking for an easy way to make apple puree, this recipe has lots of tips)
Traditional flapjacks also use a large amount of butter, and golden syrup (another form of sugar). In this low sugar apple flapjack recipe, the oats are bound together with the apple sauce, and a little olive oil. There's no butter in these flapjacks (they are dairy free), but the applesauce keeps them deliciously moist.
What you'll love about the recipe
A satisfying snack which will keep you feeling full and provide long lasting energy.
Oats, which are a key ingredient in healthy apple flapjacks, are a perfect ingredient for keeping you energized for longer. They are high in soluble fibre which has been proven to increase feelings of fullness. The addition of coconut and olive oil, both of which are healthy fats, will also help to prevent the hunger pangs from setting in. Oats are also higher in protein than many other grains.
A healthy snack
Oats are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They are also rich in beta glucans which is known for its health benefits. It can help to reduce levels of cholesterol, making it good for your heart. It can also reduce blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity, helping to prevent diabetes.
Ingredients for low sugar flapjacks
- Oats. You'll need porridge or rolled oats for maximum nutrition and texture. Instant oats are too powdery. You could use jumbo oats in this recipe, but the flapjacks will be quite chewy. If you need gluten free apple flapjacks, make sure that you use certified GF oats which have been processed in a gluten free environment.
- Unsweetened applesauce. This adds moisture and sweetness to the flapjacks. If you need to make applesauce for this recipe, peel and core one large apple. Add a splash of water, and cook over a low heat for about 10 minutes until soft. Mash with a fork. You can also make a large batch of applesauce in the slow cooker.
- Honey adds a little extra sweetness to this low sugar flapjack. You could also use molasses instead of honey. Molasses add a lovely caramel sweetness. Maple syrup also adds a lovely flavour, and is ideal if you want vegan apple flapjacks.
- Olive oil. You can replace the olive oil with melted butter or coconut oil if you prefer.
- Desiccated coconut (optional). This dried type of coconut is drier in texture than shredded coconut, and is unsweetened. It is usually available in the baking aisles of supermarkets. Omit the desiccated coconut if you prefer. You could either add an extra quarter cup of oats in its place, or ground almonds.
- Ground cinnamon goes really well with the flavour of apple. Omit, or change the spices if you prefer. Mixed spice would work perfectly.
You can also use a similar combination of ingredients to make these healthy oat and raisin cookies.
It's easy to vary the basic recipe if you want to experiment
- If you don't have apple sauce on hand, you could use mashed banana instead (1 large banana is about half a cup). See the full recipe for healthy banana flapjacks. You might also like to try this healthy strawberry flapjacks recipe. Or browse these 14 different healthy oat flapjack recipes.
- Add sultanas or other chopped dried fruit such as dates or apricots. Sultana, apple and cinnamon flapjacks are delicious
- Add nuts or seeds for extra crunch
How to make healthy apple flapjacks
This easy apple flapjack recipe takes just a few minutes to mix together.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (160 fan). Line the base of a 1lb/450 g loaf tin with greaseproof paper.
Add the applesauce, olive oil and honey to a bowl and stir to mix.
Add the oats, coconut if using, and ground cinnamon. Stir well.
Spoon the mixture into the lined tin, and smooth with the back of the spoon. Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown.
Leave to cool in the tin and cut into 6 fingers.
Healthy apple flapjacks will store well in an airtight container for a few days, making them an ideal make-ahead healthy snack.
If you want to store them for longer, wrap them well and freeze them for up to 3 months.
Frequently asked questions
One of these healthy apple flapjacks has 138 calories. They are lower in calories than many flapjacks as they low fat and low sugar.
Yes, flapjacks freeze well. Make sure that they are well wrapped. If you want to defrost individual flapjacks, wrap separately, or place baking paper between them.
It's best to leave flapjack mixture until it is cold to cut as it will be firmer and less likely to break. I use a serrated knife and a slight sawing action to get a neater finish.
Other healthy flapjack recipes
You might also like these healthy recipes made from oats.
Maple syrup flapjacks are sweetened entirely with maple syrup, giving them a lovely rich flavour. Pear flapjacks use grated pear for a naturally fruity sweetness. Rhubarb oat bars and date and oat slice both have a layer of fruit running through the middle.
If you are short on time, you could also try these no bake flapjacks.
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Healthy Apple Flapjacks
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce 120 ml
- 2 tablespoon olive oil (or melted butter) 30 ml
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ cup desiccated coconut 25 g (optional, see notes above)
- 1 cup whole porridge oats 90 g
- Line the bottom of a 1lb (7x4 inch) loaf tin with greaseproof paper.
- Mix the apple puree, oil and honey. Add the cinnamon, coconut, oats and stir together. Add dried fruit or nuts if using.
- Spoon into the tin and bake at 180 (or 160 fan) for 30 minutes.
- Slice into 6 fingers when cool.
- For gluten free flapjacks, please ensure your oats are certified gluten free. Although naturally gluten free, oats can sometimes become contaminated by other grains in processing.
- Coconut is optional in these healthy apple flapjacks. If you want to omit it, add an extra quarter cup of oats or ground almonds in its place
Please note nutritional information is per serving and is provided for guidance only.