Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Banana, Coconut & White Chocolate Flapjacks

I've seen various recipes for using banana in flapjacks over the years, but keep forgetting to try it myself. When I saw this recipe over at Jam and Clotted Cream last week, I bookmarked it immediately. I had two old bananas left over from the banana and peanut butter cake that were in dire need of using up and sadly, for a Jubiliee weekend, we had no cakes, bakes or other goodies in the house. Time to try out some banana flapjacks!

This is how I did it:
  • Melted 150g of unsalted butter in a pan with 1 tbsp of syrup and 50g white chocolate (G&B)
  • Mashed 2 bananas in a large bowl.
  • Stirred in 60g soft brown sugar.
  • Stirred in 50g desiccated coconut.
  • Mixed in butter mixture until all incorporated.
  • Stirred in 300g rolled oats.
  • Pressed into a 9" square silicone mould and sprinkled with sesame seeds.
  • Baked for 20 minutes at 180C.
  • Left to cool then cut into 16 squares.
These smelt gorgeous whilst cooking and were very tasty to eat - not too sweet and not too bananary (if such a word exists). Banana and coconut are a well matched pair and the tropical flavourwas really good. They were just how I like flapjacks to be, crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle.

I am submitting this to Bookmarked Recipes run by Jac of Tinned Tomatoes and started by Ruth of Ruth's Kitchen Experiments.

35 comments:

  1. this is a sensational combo C... I haven't made flap jacks for years but these are really calling to me!... and I can just imagine the smell... woo hoo... I always make banana bread with ripe bananas but this really is a great and easy alternative... and almost healthy? no...?

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    1. Had a feeling this one would appeal to you Dom - definitely more healthy than banana bread ;-)

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  2. Wonderful combination of coconut and bananas and what with oats and sesame it must've tasted great :D

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    1. Yes, they tasted rather too good and didn't last nearly as long as they should have done :(

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  3. Oh perfect I have some bananas at home in need of using up and this is a great recipe different from banana bread which I usually do. think I may add some nuts for more texture too

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    1. Yes, nuts would be good, although the sesame seeds on top did provide a bit of crunch.

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  4. They seem nice and simple and almost health food! What's not to like right? :))

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    1. I always find you can kid yourself with flapjacks Anna and even more so with banana in them ;-)

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  5. Deelish. Make lots of flapjacks & always looking for new ways to use up bananas! Thanks so much

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    1. So glad flapjacks sell well Rachel. I'm a real fan as they are so easy to make and such a good vehicle for carrying all sorts of goodies.

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  6. These sound incredible, Choclette! I'm really getting into flapjack recently. I always buy it when I go to a coffee shop, but this has definitely influenced me to make some for myself. Bananary is definitely a word in my vocabulary :)

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    1. Hazel, flapjacks are so easy to make and their variation is endless. Have a go and enjoy.

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    2. I finally got around to making some of these (or similar)! See my latest post for details ;)

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  7. Stellar! I'll follow you and your recipes wherever you go :-). These sound delicious and they are different without being difficult to make. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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    1. Thanks Mary. The beauty of flapjacks is that they are so easy to make :)

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  8. This does sound like a very good flapjack recipe so I'm not surprised you wanted to try it out. I love baking flapjacks and it is a recipe that gets adapted so well. Depends on my mood, sometimes I like them plain, other times I want a few extras in them. I hope to give them a go myself :))x

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    1. You know Laura, I don't think I've made a plain flapjack since I was at school, but you're right, they are really good too.

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  9. I had flapjacks for the first time in England and I liked them straight away! This combination of coconut banana and chocolate seems extremely yummy!

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    1. Flapjacks do seem to be a peculiarly British bake Alida - I've not come across them anywhere else.

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  10. I must try bananas in flapjacks next time. I'll have mine without the coconut please :)

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    1. You and your coconut aversion Ros ;-)

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  11. Oh wow these sound so good and I can almost smell them coming out the oven-thank you so much for coming up with this one!

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  12. These look like an interesting little number! I've never thought about putting banana in a flapjack...and with coconut too but I bet it works beautifully...it also makes me wish I was on holiday somewhere on a tropical island! :-)

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    1. Thanks Laura - with the weather we're having I think we all want to be on a tropical island :(

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  13. Oh fruit portion! They look great, very tasty.

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    1. Yes, those five a day are so tough ;-)

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  14. Great recipe Choclette. I put banana in my flapjacks most of the time now, it makes them loely and moist. It was Shaheen over at Allotment 2 Kitchen who gave me the idea and Cooper loves them.

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    1. Good on Shaheen, it's a great idea and so good for little Cooper.

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  15. I've never heard of putting banana in flapjacks but it sounds delicious. Lovely and summery with the coconut.

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    1. Thanks Jo, it was a new one for me too, but it works so well.

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  16. I quite like bananas in flapjacks - as you've found, the middle always seems to stay soft and slightly gooey rather than being crispy. Yum!

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    1. Yes, a new tip for me C, but one I shall be using again.

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  17. Coconut and bananas is an unbeatable combination of flavors. This sounds wonderful! Please do visit soon! Blessings to you, Catherine

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    1. Thank you Catherine, you are so right, they pair very well together :)

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