My kids love picnics, especially when i promise to bring a sweet snack. These flapjacks fill the brief perfectly. They’re sweet, soft, so easy to make and have added fruit that the kids can’t see. Now that’s a win in my book!
The fruit acts as the sugar here, so there’s no need for extra sweeteners.
Most of these ingredients come from my kitchen staples, which is why it’s my go to recipe on a day out. The most expensive item here is the maple syrup, but that can be changed up for peanut butter or honey, which is what the original recipe states. I don’t bother with all three though, as it’s already way over sweet with the left over fruit.
3 tbsp maple syrup
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 apple, grated
250g breakfast oats
85g dried mixed fruit
Heat oven to 160C or 140C fan. Line a 20cm square tin with baking parchment.
Heat the butter and maple syrup in a small pan until melted. Add the mashed banana, apple and 100ml hot water, and mix to combine.
Pour the oats and the dried fruit into a bowl. Combine the banana and apple and stir until everything is coated by the wet mixture. Tip into the tin and pat the surface. Bake for 45 mins until golden on top.
Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes then cut into 12 pieces to serve.
Stores fine in an airtight container in the fridge for three days.
This is my go to recipe when the kids are going through one of their “i’m hungry days” and i can’t keep them full. It really travels well, and doesn’t break up if they’re eating it on the go.
Hope you like them!