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Diet:gluten free sin/ low in fat /Vegetarian
Sweet, slightly chewy flapjacks are probably something you ate a lot as a kid, I know you did. We brighten them by sweetening them with banana and honey for thesehealthy flank steak. Perfect for lunchboxes, these sugar-free pancakes are so easy, kids can get involved in making them. There are plenty of ways to style them with your favorite plugins too!
First, I want to be honest with you. They will never taste the same as traditional flapjacks as they are a healthier version. They don't have the same crunchy texture, as they don't have golden syrup or brown sugar. You also don't get that sugar-coated tooth feeling when you eat them! If that's what you're looking for, try ourchocolate cupcakesrevenue.
However, these are still amazing! You still get that honey and banana sweetness and oatmeal chewiness. More like a sweet oatmeal bar than a traditional pancake, kids will love these healthy pancakes and will love mixing it up and eating the mixture by the spoonful.
- The difference between UK and US flapjacks
- why would you love them
- Necessary ingredients
- How to Make Healthy Flapjacks - Step by Step
- serving suggestions
- Common questions
- additional tips
- More snack recipes
The difference between UK and US flapjacks
In case there's any confusion (depending on what part of the world you live in), it's probably best to clarify exactly what pancakes are. Here in the UK, a flapjack is aoat based bar. Usually rectangular and filled with sugar, they were a popular roast when we were kids.
However, in the US, a flapjack is what we in the UK would call a pancake. If you are in the United States, this recipe is probably what you would call an oat bar or perhaps a granola bar. Hope this clears up any confusion, for anyone reading this from the US.
why would you love them
- healthy alternative- This is a lighter version of a traditional flapjack, with only 150 calories per pancake, compared to over 300 for the sugary and buttery ones. These are nearly fat-free as we don't use butter. We also sweeten it with banana and a little honey.
- vegan option- Since these healthy pancakes contain no butter, they are easy to make vegan. Just swap honey for maple syrup.
- Easy- It only takes 6 ingredients to make this and it's as simple as mashing bananas and mixing everything together. Kids will love mashing the bananas, and as long as everything else is measured, they can just pour it into the bowl and mix it up. They also bake in just 20 minutes.
- Adaptable- Use this recipe as a base and add all your favorite pancake additions. We've given you all of our favorite picks below.
- Freezable- This recipe yields 14 pancakes. If you think you won't be able to eat them all before they go bad, store them in the freezer. This makes them ideal for going out to buy lunch boxes.
- Avena- We use rolled oats in our pancakes as we've found they keep so much better. You can use whole oats, however, it will just get a more crumbly texture.
- bananas- This is what replaces butter and adds sweetness. You want really ripe bananas, but not ripe black bananas. Try to choose those with black spots on the skin.
- Mel- We gave it a little sweet push with a little honey. Try to use the best quality honey possible. To make these healthy pancakes vegan, swap out the honey for maple syrup.
- Chocolate chips- While they're not essential, we love them in pancakes. We use dark chocolate as it has such a strong flavor that it doesn't need to be used as much.
- in vain- This adds a real depth of flavor to flapjacks. Use vanilla extract instead of essence for a natural flavor.
- Cinnamon- This adds some warmth to the flapjacks. You can substitute ground ginger or nutmeg if you prefer.
A complete ingredient list with measurements is on the recipe card below.
How to Make Healthy Flapjacks - Step by Step
One:Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Place bananas in a large bowl and mash until smooth.
Of the:Add the oats, chocolate chips, honey, vanilla and cinnamon. Mix well until combined.
Three:Line a 20 x 25 cm baking dish and pour the mixture into it. Firmly press down and into the corners. Cook for 18-20 minutes. Let it cool and then cut into bars.
Flapjacks are so easy to snap on, which is one of the things we love about them. Use this as a base recipe and feel free to add all your favorite ingredients. Although, maybe not all at once.
Some of our favorite plugins are:
- Chocolate – We used dark chocolate, but white or milk chocolate also work well. Why not opt for an orange flavored chocolate?
- chocolate chips
- Nuts (raisins, blueberries, or cherries are great)
- grated apple
- Nut butter (our favorite is cashew, but peanut and almond are great too)
- chopped nuts (walnuts and walnuts are a favorite)
- Dried coconut
- cocoa powder
We think they make the perfect afternoon treat with a hot beverage. Why not try one of the ones we have on the blog? These are some of our favorites:
- cinnamon coffee
- Slow cooker hot chocolate
- Pumpkin Spice Latte
- hot chocolate snowman
- cinnamon mocha
- chai con leche
Store:These flapjacks can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 4 days. After that they will start to dry out. You can microwave them for 15 seconds if you prefer.
Freeze:You can also freeze them, wrap them individually in plastic wrap and place them in a ziplock freezer bag, and they will keep in the freezer for about a month.
Defrost:You can defrost them individually in the refrigerator.
Are these pancakes healthy?
Healthy is such a subjective word, but we've made a few changes to make them a healthier version of more traditional flapjacks. They do not contain butter or refined sugar and instead we use banana and honey. Oatmeal makes them a great snack that will help you feel fuller for longer.
Oats are super nutritious: they're packed with antioxidants and keep your blood sugar steady, meaning no sugar spikes or crashes. They're also packed with heart-healthy fiber, with each pancake containing 4 grams of fiber!
Are these healthy pancakes vegan?
To make them vegan, just swap out the honey for a good quality pure maple syrup.
Are these healthy pancakes gluten free?
If you use certified gluten-free oats and ensure there is no further cross-contamination, these pancakes make a delicious gluten-free snack.
How do I know when pancakes are done?
The pancakes will still be soft to the touch as they will harden when they come out of the oven as they cool.
•Be sure to pack all of the mixture into the pan. This will help keep them together.
•Let them cool completely before slicing. This allows them to firm up and keep their shape.
•Remember, if you're serving it to children under 1 year old, they can't contain honey, so you'll need to use maple syrup.
•If you want a more chewy flapjack, stir in some oatmeal.
•Be sure to pack all of the mixture into the pan. This will help keep them together.
More snack recipes
- oat fingers
- No baked granola bars
- Oatmeal Squares with Peanut Butter and Chocolate No Bake
- No Bake Chocolate Energy Balls
If you've already tried these healthy pancakes, let us know how it went in the comments below.
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healthy flank steak
Perfect for lunchboxes, these healthy pancakes without refined sugar are so easy, kids can get involved in making them.
gluten free sin low in fat
low in fat
To cook:18 minutes
Cooling time:30 minutes
Allergens: dairy Gluten
- 6 Banana
- 375 grama Avena
- 4 soup spoon Mel
- 75 grama milk chocolate drops
- 0,5 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- 0,5 teaspoon Cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4.
Place the bananas in a large bowl and mash until smooth.
Add the oats, chocolate chips, honey, vanilla and cinnamon. Mix well until combined.
Line a 20 x 25 cm baking dish and pour the mixture into it. Firmly press down and into the corners. Cook for 18-20 minutes.
Let it cool and then cut into bars.
- Be sure to pack all of the mixture into the pan. This will help keep them together.
- Let them cool completely before slicing. This allows them to firm up and keep their shape.
- Remember, if you're serving it to children under 1 year old, they can't contain honey, so you'll need to use maple syrup.
- If you want a more chewy flapjack, stir in some oatmeal.
Service:1tortilla|Calories:150kcal|Carbohydrates:32grama|Protein:4grama|Gordo:2grama|Saturated fat:1grama|Polyunsaturated fat:1grama|monounsaturated fat:1grama|Sodium:2milligrams|Potassium:282milligrams|Fiber:4grama|Sugar:11grama|Vitamin A:33UI|Vitamin C:4milligrams|Soccer:18milligrams|Ferro:1milligrams
disclaimerThe nutritional information provided is approximate and calculated using online tools. Information may vary depending on many factors, but we strive to be as accurate as possible.
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These came out perfect! It's really funny that you mentioned the "sugar-coated teeth feeling". I talk about it and my family thinks I'm crazy. Glad to know I'm not the only one going through this!
Your healthy pancakes look delicious and what a great idea to make them without fat and refined sugar. Flapjacks are one of my favorite snacks, so I can't wait to try their healthy version.
Everyone loved these pancakes. Simple and even the kids had fun making it.
You kept me healthy and stole my heart with the good taste! Thank you for this delight!
We make pancakes every week to take to work as a snack, but for some reason, we always make them with nuts and seeds. This week we made your version, because we love bananas and chocolate! Definitely a winning recipe :)
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