Bananas – an unexpectedly divisive fruit. Whilst you’d think everybody at least likes banana (I mean, come on, it’s soft. It doesn’t even hurt when it falls on your head!) actually some people really don’t like them. Well, I’m afraid if you’re one of those people… you might want to stop reading.
Sometimes, I overbuy bananas. Whilst my OH has been living in Manchester for the past six months, I pretty much by them as if he’s still here and having 1-2 a day.
Needless to say, I often have too many. But, since I recently had to empty my freezer, chopping them up and storing them on ice hasn’t been an option. Cue: very ripe bananas. Watch out for stage left, because vegan banana flapjacks are incoming!
What to make with overripe bananas?
Yes, indeed. What do you make with overripe bananas? Aside from smoothies! Well, I tend to bake with mine. Historically, it’s been a bit of a success. Kitchen adventures with them include:
- Incredible Banana Oreo Cupcakes
- Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Superpowered Cacao & Maca Oat Cookies
But this time I wanted something.. oaty. You know I love oats! So I decided to make some flapjacks. And I didn’t have any sugar so… I had to make sugar free flapjacks!
No sugar? No problem!
The natural sweetness of the bananas does most of the work, whilst also adding a delicious flavour. However, I also added sultanas and dried goji berries to really seal the deal. In fact, goji berries got in there twice because I used some milled flaxseed & goji berries (from Linwoods) too! So I guess they’re kind of… goji-goji vegan banana flapjacks but to be honest, that seemed like a bit of a mouthful, and you could easily substitute them for something else.
Vegan Banana Flapjacks (Sugar free, Gluten free)
- 20 g margarine eg Vitalite
- 20 g vegetable fat eg Trex
- 30 g almond butter
- 1 tbsp sugar free vanilla syrup
- 30 g maple syrup
- 100 ml water
- 2 medium 175g peeled bananas, mashed
- 200 g porridge oats
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 50 g milled flaxseed & goji berries
- 30 g Diced Papaya
- 90 g Sultanas
- 30 g Dried goji berries
- Heat oven to 150 degrees C (fan). Grease and line a baking tin (about 20cm square) with baking parchment.
- Mix together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside.
- Melt the almond butter, margarine and vegetable fat in a saucepan over a low heat, then add the mashed bananas, sugar free syrup, maple syrup and water. Stir to combine.
- Pour the wet mixture over the dry and mix together until well combined.
- Tip the combined mixture into the lined baking tin and pat it down until level (I just use the back of a spoon).
- Bake in the centre of the oven for about 55 minutes, until golden. Then remove from the oven and leave it alone! Let it cool in the tin. Then cut into 16 squares and serve.