Low-sugar, low-fat flapjacks

  • for lots of people
  • Takes 20 minutes to make and 20-25 minutes to bake, plus cooling
  • Easy
Tasty flapjacks made with dates rather than sugar to cut calories.

Nutritional info per serving

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

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


1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/fan170°C/gas 5. Grease and line a shallow 17.5cm-square tin with baking paper.
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. 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.

From November 2005

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