Chewy Banana Flapjacks with Chocolate Topping

I’m pretty sure my desert island essentials would be oats, bananas and chocolate – I could happily survive on this combo for years with no complaints. I’m therefore always looking for ways to combine them, and have been experimenting with recipes for aeons in a quest for the perfect chocolate banana flapjack . I know there is an ongoing debate over whether a flapjack should be crunchy or soft and chewy – I’m most definitely on the soft and chewy side, and have finally, after much trial and error, have worked out the key – a lower oven temperature when baking.  These can be made with pretty much whatever is in your fridge and cupboard – they can be refined sugar, gluten and dairy free if that’s your bag, or buttery and sugary if you’re more of a traditionalist. If you’re on a health kick you can forget about the topping altogether – they are delicious unadorned as well.

Ingredients

100g coconut oil or butter

50g coconut sugar or brown sugar

100g maple syrup

300g oats

1 large ripe banana, mashed

Salt

For the topping (optional)

200g dark chocolate

35ml  milk of your choice

Method

Preheat the oven to 160 (140 fan) and grease and line a 20 x 20 square baking pan.

Put the coconut oil or butter, sugar and syrup into a small saucepan and gently heat until the sugar has melted. Stir in the oats, the mashed banana and a good pinch of salt.

Pour the mixture into the baking tin and smooth over the top with the back of a spoon. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until just turning a little golden around the edges. Leave to cool in the tin then place in the fridge to chill a little.

For the topping, place the chocolate and milk into a glass bowl and give it some gentle blasts in the microwave or place the bowl over a pan of boiling water, stirring regularly to stop the chocolate seizing. Stir together until you have a thick glossy ganache.

Spread the topping over the chilled flapjacks, then put them back into the fridge until the topping has firmed up.

Slice into squares and enjoy.

One Comment Add yours

  1. madebygreta says:

    I love flap jacks…and these look I would love them even more because of the chocolate at the top 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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