These banana flapjacks are super easy to make, and you may even have all the ingredients in the kitchen already. Even if not, they’re still an excellent snack for during or after a ride.
- 100 grams unsalted butter
- 60 grams brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons of honey
- 2 (ripe) bananas
- 200 grams rolled oats
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
- 1 tangerine or 1/2 an orange (optional)
- Rectangular shallow baking tray and baking paper
Banana flapjacks are go!
Pre-warm the oven to 180C. Line the baking tray with baking paper and make sure the paper hangs over edge a bit. Begin melting the butter in a small saucepan on medium heat and add the sugar and honey. Heat and stir until all the butter and sugar has melted.
Finely mash the bananas and stir in the oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Mix together well. At this point you can add the tangerine, or half orange, if you like (this adds a pleasant citrus freshness). Add the butter and sugar mixture and keep mixing all the ingredients together.
Press the mixture into the oven dish and use a spatula or the back side of a spoon to spread it evenly. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes at 180C. When ready, take them out of the oven and leave in the baking tray to cool for 15 minutes. Take the whole flapjack bar out of the tray, by lifting up the sides of the baking paper, and put the whole thing in the fridge to cool for an hour. Once cooled, you can put it on a cutting board and cut it into smaller ride-ready bars.
You can keep the bars for a few days in an airtight tin or plastic container (if your kitchen is on the warm side, put the container in the fridge). You can also wrap each bar individually in plastic or, preferably, paper—handier for slipping into your cycling jersey pocket for the ride.
Tip: you can also add nuts and/or seeds to the mixture before baking for a bit of extra bite. Also try out this super-easy energy bar recipe!