Healthy peanut butter flapjacks have a rich fudgy flavour. They are easy to make with just 3 ingredients, and these dairy-free flapjacks with peanut butter have no refined sugar.
What you'll love about the recipe
- Healthy peanut butter flapjacks are delicious and satisfying. They are slightly chewy and slightly crunchy like a granola bar. Packed with wholegrain oats, they'll keep you feeling full and energised
- Made with just 3 everyday store cupboard ingredients, these easy oat bars will be cooling on your kitchen counter in just 30 minutes
- Dairy free flapjacks are low in sugar and gluten free. Peanut butter provides plenty of richness, so there's no butter and no additional oil in the recipe
Oats. Make sure you use certified gluten free oats if necessary. You'll need porridge or rolled oats. Steel cut or pinhead oats are not suitable as they'll remain too hard and chewy
Peanut butter. You can use smooth or crunchy peanut butter. For the best healthy flapjacks, make sure your peanut butter is free from added oils and sugar
Honey. There's just a little honey in these flapjacks - they are sugar free and made without syrup. The honey both sweetens the mixture and helps the oats to stick together. As you'll be melting the honey, this recipe is ideal for crystallised honey that you want to use up
Optional ingredients and variations
I love the flavour of these simple 3 ingredient healthy peanut butter flapjacks. But there's lots of variations you can try to make the recipe your own.
- Nuts and seeds. Of course you can add some chopped unsalted peanuts to the recipe. Or try some pumpkin or sunflower seeds for extra texture. Bear in mind that if you add too many chunky ingredients, the flapjacks will be more likely to crumble.
- You can also add dried fruit such as raisins, sultanas or chopped apricots or dates.
- Chocolate chips are a good addition to peanut butter flapjacks.
- Or try some of your favourite spices. A teaspoon of ground cinnamon goes very well.
If you are short on time, you might also like to try these no-bake flapjacks with peanut butter. Just mix the ingredients and pop them in the fridge.
How to make healthy peanut butter flapjacks
Line the base of an 18 x 18cm baking tin with baking paper. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees (140 fan)
Melt the peanut butter and honey together in a saucepan over a very low heat. As soon as the mixture has melted, remove it from the heat so that it doesn't turn to caramel!
Stir in the oats, and any optional ingredients, and stir well. Ensure that all the oats are coated by the peanut butter mixture.
Spoon the mixture into the lined baking tray. Press down firmly with the back of a spoon, ensuring that you get into the corners. This is important to ensure that the baked flapjacks hold together well.
Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
Allow to cool in the tin and cut into 9 squares. If you are making these healthy peanut butter flapjacks for young children, you might want to cut them a little smaller.
Serving and storage
Healthy peanut butter flapjacks can be served as a quick on-the-go breakfast. They are perfect as a healthy snack, or energy bar. After school, after the gym, or any time you need a pick-me-up.
Store the flapjacks in an airtight container for up to a week. They can also be frozen for longer storage.
Frequently asked questions
One generous slice of these healthy peanut butter flapjacks has 200 calories. You could also cut them a little smaller to reduce the calories;) They are very satisfying and will keep you feeling energised.
Of course, that really depends on both the flapjack and the cake, as it's possible to have healthy and unhealthy versions of both. Many flapjacks and cakes can be very high in sugar and saturated fat. These healthy peanut butter flapjacks are low in added sugar and saturated fat. In addition, they are made with healthy wholegrains which are high in fibre.
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Healthy Peanut Butter Flapjacks
- 18 x 18cm baking tin
- baking paper
- 100 g peanut butter
- 120 g honey
- 200 g porridge oats
- Line the base of an 18 x 18cm baking tin with baking paper. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees (140 fan).
- Melt the honey and peanut butter in a pan over a low heat. Remove from the heat as soon as it is melted.
- Add the oats to the pan and stir well to ensure that all the oats are thoroughly coated.
- Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin. Press down firmly with the back of a spoon to ensure that the mixture is well compacted. This will help to ensure that the flapjacks hold together well. Bake for 20 minutes.
- Leave to cool in the tin. Once cool, remove from the tin and cut into 9 pieces.
- Use gluten free oats if needed
- Optionally, you can also add nuts, dried fruit or spices to the recipe
Please note nutritional information is per serving and is provided for guidance only.