Sugar-free Flapjack Bars | Banana Oatmeal Energy Bars
There are so many times when we are in need of quick energy fix. The hunger pangs we feel just before leaving for shopping or after a swim session or due to running after the kids. At times instead of reaching out to non-healthy options like chocolate or sugar-sweetened juice or chips which are so not good for health you can grab these healthy Banana Oatmeal Energy Bars which are so full of protein and power!
All we are looking for is some sweet energy which can satiate our hunger pangs while we are in a rush to make ends meet! These healthy Banana Oatmeal Energy Bars are the perfect fix for these times!
What are Flapjack Bars?
Flapjack Bars are nothing but protein oat bars made from oats, butter, sugar and a binding agent. You can read more about this here. Instead of sugar, we are going to use Jaggery which is a healthier version of sugar containing much more nutrients rather than just empty sugar calories. This is going to be our binding agent in this high protein energy bites recipe.
How to make Flapjack Bars healthy?
Flapjack Bars generally contain maple syrup, caramel or sometimes even your favorite Mars bars! Yes you can make Flapjack Bars with Mars or Snickers. But that is not something healthy. We are going to make a healthy high-protein snack recipe. The protein is going to come from sesame seeds and flax meal. Sesame Seeds are high on Calcium too! Yay, Bonus! 🙂
You could also add pumpkin seeds, watermelon seeds or walnuts, etc
This is a high protein snack recipe which can be enjoyed instead of the unhealthy fast food and instant food like chips, soda or that Snickers bar! These banana oatmeal energy bars will keep you full for much more time than the unhealthy snacks can!
What’s amazing is you will never know these banana energy bites are sugar free!
How to make Soft Banana Oats Flapjack Bars without dates and honey?
These yummy, soft and healthy protein bites are so so easy and quick to make! They are actually ready in under 30 minutes! All you need is just mash and mix everything!
You would have many Flapjack Bar recipes using dates and honey but be known that dates can be substituted too. This is a recipe for Flapjack Bars without Maple Syrup. I have used Jaggery as a binding agent instead of dates or maple syrup.
Banana Oats Flapjack Bars | Banana Oatmeal Energy Bars Recipe
- 1.5 cups Oats, divided
- 1.5 tbsp Softened Butter (Use Vegan Butter if making Vegan Bars)
- 1 large banana
- ½ tsp sesame seeds
- 50 gm Jaggery
- ¼ tsp Flax meal
- Line a loaf tin/cake tin with parchment and set aside.
- Roast 1.5 cups Oats and keep it aside until it cools.
- Once the Oats have cooled, keep ½ cup Oats aside and powder only 1 cup Oats.
- In a separate bowl, using a fork, mash the banana and add sesame seeds, flax meal and soft butter.
- Bring them together with the same fork or spatula.
- Now add all the oats; the powdered ones and the oats in the half cup set aside earlier.
- Chop Jaggery and microwave it for until a minute or so until it melts.
- If you do not have a microwave, you can also use a thick bottomed vessel and do the same on your hob.
- When the Jaggery melts, add it to the banana and oats mixture.
- You have to be quick now and mix everything super fast as Jaggery will tend to set.
- Once the mixture has come together transfer it quickly to the cake tin/loaf tin which we lined and set aside in the first step.
- Press the mixture until it takes the shape and thickness as you desire.
- Preheat the oven for 10 minutes at 180 degree Celsius.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes at 180 degree Celsius.
- Make 'cuts' as per your serving size when the mix is still hot so that it slices well after cooling.
- Cool before serving.
High Protein Banana Energy Balls
The same recipe can be used to make banana energy balls. Before you bake them, instead of pressing the “dough” into a pan, roll it into small balls and bake just like cookies.
Storage Suggestions for Banana Flapjack Bars:
Refrigerate these for up to a week. I would not recommend more as these have fresh fruit in them.
Why to buy Flapjack Bars when you can make them at home! Much more healthier and hygienic than store-bought preservative laden ones!
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