Cooking With Bub: Date And Banana Flapjacks

My 13 month old has a great appetite and I am always looking for new ideas for snack time. Like many, I am keen to make bub’s food from scratch so I know exactly what he is eating and can keep salt and sugar intake to a minimum. It can, however, be a struggle and I often find myself reaching for a pouch or rice cakes just because they are so convenient, especially as we spend a lot of time out and about. It is hard to prepare and keep food fresh in hot weather and it is even harder when we are travelling!

Nevertheless, we put a lot of effort into making mealtimes nutritious and healthy so I am now aiming to do this for snack time too. I want to have a reportoire of easy and enticing on-the-go snacks so I’m kicking off with these quick to make flapjacks. They are naturally sweetened with banana, honey and dates for a healthier take on the classic. They are soft, chewy and a bit crumbly and messy at times – perfect for little hands and mouths to manage.IMAG4686-1

These flapjacks are so easy to make that even bub can get in on the action! I should also warn you that they are so yummy that you won’t be able to resist opening the tupperware and having a nibble-along with family and friends!

Note – These flapjacks are not suitable for children under one, as they contain honey. You can choose to leave the honey out and then they would be sugar-free too!

Also, please remember that these flapjack have a lot of fruit in them and are very sweet – they should be eaten in moderation!

There, I’m done dishing out mumsy advice – enjoy cooking with bub!

Date And Banana Flapjacks

  • Servings: 25 squares
  • Difficulty: easy
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2 ripe, medium sized bananas

100g coconut oil

150g pitted dates boiled water

100ml boiled water

60g dessicated coconut

300g oats

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons honey (optional)


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160° fan/gas mark 4. Grease and line an oven dish with baking paper.

2. Place the dates in a bowl with the boiling water and leave to soak for at least 5 minutes.

3. Put the coconut oil in a bain-marie and allow it to melt gradually over a low heat. [I melted it in a saucepan but subsequently found out that this, along with using a microwave, destroys the good fat it contains].

4. Tip the soaked dates and water into a blender along with the melted coconut oil, banana, dessicated coconut, bicarbonate of soda and cinnamon. Process until smooth and paste-like.

5. Tip the paste into a bowl and add the oats.

6. Stir to combine and add the honey.

7. Scoop the mixture into the oven dish and press it down with the back of a spoon to compact and level it out.

8. Bake for approximately 25 minutes until golden brown. They will still feel squidgy when you take them out of the oven.

9. Leave to cool and firm up for about 10 minutes before lifting the baking paper out of the dish.

9. Cut into squares while still warm and leave to cool completely.IMG_1589[1]

10. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.


– If you find the dates too sweet then you could substitute them with raisins.

– Try using different nuts and seeds (ground up) instead of dessicated coconut.

-If making for younger babies with not so many teeth you may wish to blitz the oats to break them down a bit before using them.

Do let me know what you think if you decide to make them!



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16 thoughts on “Cooking With Bub: Date And Banana Flapjacks

    • bubsonboard says:

      Ha! My bub is just starting to realise that he can shake his head if he doesn’t want or like something so I guess it’s only a matter of time until he takes a dislike to one of the ingredients in here! Raisins would work though! TY for commenting 🙂


  1. Not Just Phoebe says:

    Oooohhh we love some baking in this house, we made muffins yesterday and it ended up being a rather roller coaster ride of mixing through tantrums! they look lovely maybe try them this, weekend. thanks for sharing. #PicknMix


      • Not Just Phoebe says:

        Snap! I always try to have to all ready, for blog reasons and it makes it easier just to add and mix instead of weighing as we go, this didn’t go so well a few days ago as she know doesn’t like it when all the ingredients change…or gone as Phoebe says’ it’s a such one as they enjoy it but getting them there is hard 🙂 these look loving by the way X


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