Kate Petty, from the Health and Wellbeing team, shares her favourite flapjack recipe.

These quick and easy flapjacks are packed full of nutritious ingredients that are slow releasing so they will keep you fuller for longer. They are perfect for a morning or afternoon snack during work or study and you can even freeze some spares and enjoy for up to a month after freezing.

Quick and easy healthy flapjack

Prep time: 10/15 mins Cooking time: 1 hour Quantity: Makes 16 squares


  • 250g oats
  • 50g butter/margarine
  • 5 tsp peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 apple, peeled and grated
  • 40g dried apricots, chopped small
  • 60g sultanas
  • 40g mixed seeds- pumpkin and sunflower
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 100ml hot water

Optional extras: desiccated coconut, cranberries or other dried fruit


  1. Heat the oven to 160C/140C fan. Grease and line a 20cm square tin with greaseproof paper.
  2. Heat the butter/margarine, peanut butter and honey in a small pan until it’s melted.
  3. Mash the banana in a bowl and add the grated apple. Pour this mixture into the melted butter and honey mix. Add 100ml of hot water and mix to combine.
  4. Tip the oats, apricots, mixed seeds, sultanas and chia seeds into a separate bowl. Add the cinnamon. Pour in the banana mix and stir until everything is coated.
  5. Tip into the tin and level the mixture off with a spoon. Place in the oven and bake for 1 hour or until golden brown.
  6. Leave to cool in the tin before cutting into 16 squares. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. They will keep for a few days. You can freeze the flapjacks- place flapjacks in a sandwich bag in the freezer and consume within a month.