Low-sugar, low-fat flapjacks recipe

By Mitzie Wilson

  1. Makes 12-14
  2. Takes 20 minutes to make and 20-25 minutes to bake, plus cooling
  3. Rating

We’ve used puréed dates instead of sugar to make these moist flapjacks.

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Low-sugar, low-fat flapjacks


  1. 150g reduced-fat butter (we used Lurpak Lighter Spreadable), plus extra for greasing
  2. 150g ready-to-eat, soft, stoned dates
  3. 3 tbsp apple juice
  4. 30g toasted whole hazelnuts, finely chopped
  5. 100g ready-to-eat dried apricots, finely chopped
  6. 225g porridge oats


  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/fan170°C/gas 5. Grease and line a shallow 17.5cm-square tin with baking paper.
  2. 2. Put the dates and apple juice in a food processor and whizz until smooth. Melt the butter in a large pan over a low heat. Add the date purée and all the other ingredients. Stir well, then press into the tin with damp hands. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until just golden.
  3. 3. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes. Cut into squares in the tin. Cool completely before turning out and cutting again to separate.

Nutritional info

Per flapjack: 185kcals, 9.6g fat (3.8g saturated), 3g protein, 20g carbs, 7.3g sugar, trace salt


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February 24

I've made these several times, we like them very much. The resulting product is softer unlike the old style ones which can end up like concrete, and with less fat in them they're much tastier.


November 24

I absolutely love these & have made them so many times. I use walnuts instead of hazelnuts & throw in a handful of raisins too. I also add a few prunes in with the dates at the beginning before puréeing. My 16 month old son loves them as does everyone who's ever tried them. Delicious recipe, thank you!


June 21

I am always looking for ways to improve my kids' diet and these are great. I've added in a handful of sunflower seeds too, for extra omega 3.


February 15

My husband loves flapjacks but is diabetic - this is a great find.


August 2

I cheated and added a drizzle of melted chocolate over the flapjack to indulge myself! A great recipe.

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