Delicious strawberry flapjacks are oat bars with juicy strawberries through the centre. They are chewy and satisfying, with wholegrain oats and naturally sweetened with fruit and a little honey. They are also very quick and easy to make.
When these strawberry flapjacks came out of the oven, they smelt divine. It took a lot of patience to wait for them to cool, but luckily they didn't disappoint and tasted every bit as good as the smell!
What you'll love about the recipe
- A healthy snack that is low in added sugar. Healthy strawberry flapjacks are also lower in fat and calories than most other treats. The slow release carbs and fibre in oats will keep you feeling satisfied.
- An easy recipe with just 5 everyday ingredients and 15 minutes prep.
- The flavour of strawberries really lifts the taste of these delicious oat bars, turning them into a lovely summer traybake.
- Gluten free, egg free, nut free and the recipe can be vegan or dairy free with a couple of simple substitutions.
Oats. You'll need porridge or old fashioned oats to get good textured flapjacks. For gluten free strawberry flapjacks, make sure you use certified GF oats.
Banana. Use ripe bananas as they'll be much sweeter. Banana helps to stick the flapjacks together and to sweeten them.
Butter. There is just a small amount of butter in the recipe which adds to the flavour.
Honey. A couple of tablespoons of honey adds just the right amount of sweetness.
Strawberries. You'll need to use fresh strawberries to make these strawberry flapjacks, not frozen strawberries which will have too much liquid.
- If you don't want to use banana in the recipe you can also use unsweetened applesauce. Replace the 2 bananas with 150ml applesauce.
- For a vegan flapjack, use coconut oil instead of butter and maple syrup instead of honey.
- You can also make a similar flapjack with blueberries - see healthy blueberry flapjacks for the full recipe.
How to make strawberry flapjacks
You'll need a baking tin approximately 20 x 20cm square for this quantity of mixture. Line it with baking paper so that it's easy to remove the cooked flapjacks from the tin.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (160 fan).
Wash and hull the strawberries, and cut into small pieces approximately 1cm square. Set aside.
Mash the bananas into a large bowl.
Gently melt the butter and honey together over a low heat. Remove from the heat as soon as the mixture has melted and stir into the mashed banana.
Add the oats and stir together until thoroughly mixed.
Spread half of the mixture into the lined baking tray. Press down with the back of a spoon so that the mixture is compacted.
Spread the strawberries over the mixture and distribute evenly.
Add the remaining flapjack mixture and spread over the top. Press down, but don't completely flatten the strawberries!
Bake in a preheated oven for 30 minutes until golden. Turn partway if necessary to ensure the flapjacks brown evenly.
Leave to cool in the tin. It's important to be patient as it's hard to cut warm flapjack, and it will tend to fall apart.
Once cool, remove from the tin and cut into 12 squares or slices.
- If you are in a hurry, you can simply stir the chopped strawberries into the mixture rather than adding them between 2 layers.
- If you want to make half of the quantity, I find that a 1lb loaf tin is the ideal size.
- Don't have time to bake your flapjacks? Try this no bake flapjack recipe!
Serving and storage
Store the healthy strawberry flapjacks in the fridge and eat within 3 days. You can also freeze strawberry flapjacks.
Enjoy for breakfast, as a healthy dessert, or anytime snack. I like them mid morning with a homemade iced latte.
These are very popular with children, so they make a great after school snack.
Frequently asked questions
This strawberry flapjack recipe is healthy. It's made with wholegrain oats which are high in soluble fibre, and is low in added sugar.
A traditional British flapjack recipe can be very high in sugar. They are often made with golden syrup as well as sugar and are very sweet and sticky. One portion can easily contain 30g of sugar.
That depends on the recipe. A healthy flapjack made with less butter and sweetened with fruit has about 150 calories. But I've also seen less healthy recipes which can have over 500 calories per slice!
Other healthy oat bar recipes
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Healthy Strawberry Flapjacks
- 20 x 20 cm baking tin
- sauce pan
- 2 bananas
- 60 g butter
- 2 tablespoon honey
- 240 g porridge oats
- 125 g strawberries
- Line a 20 x 20cm baking tray with greaseproof paper.
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (160 fan).
- Hull the strawberries and cut into pieces approximately 1cm square.
- Mash the bananas into a large bowl.
- Melt the butter and honey over a low heat. Remove from the heat as soon as they are melted.
- Add the butter mix to the mashed bananas and mix well.
- Add the oats and stir together together it is well mixed.
- Spread half of the mixture into the lined baking tray. Squish down with the back of a spoon.
- Sprinkle over the cut strawberries and distribute evenly.
- Add the remaining oat mixture. Even out the top and press down with the back of a spoon. It doesn't matter if a few of the strawberries peep through the mixture.
- Bake for 30 minutes until firm and golden. If necessary, turn partway through cooking so that they bake evenly.
- Leave the flapjacks to cool in the tin. Once cool remove and cut into 12 bars.
- For a vegan strawberry flapjack, use coconut oil instead of butter, and maple syrup instead of honey.
- Unsweetened applesauce can also be used as a replacement for mashed banana. Use 150ml applesauce to replace the 2 bananas.
Please note nutritional information is per serving and is provided for guidance only.