The Best Date Flapjack Recipe

Pile of rolled oats with golden spoon in the middle.

Flapjacks can easily become a favourite family daytime snack.

With these simple ideas, it could also become one of your kid's favourite recipes to get involved in too. And here at Kidadl we love flapjack recipes!

To spruce up the classic flapjack, other variations have become popular, such as these healthy date flapjacks. For more variations, take a look at our other healthy flapjack baking recipes, such as our delicious healthy flapjacks, or tasty granola flapjack!

Is Flapjack Healthy?

Yes, they really can be. Flapjacks are baked bars made mostly of rolled oats, fat (butter or oil) and a sweet, sticky substance, like maple syrup. The oats in flapjacks are among the ingredients which make them both filling and packed with energy. What's better, this is released slowly. It is important to be mindful of the quantities, so that the health benefits won't be overridden.

The benefits of dates for kids and adults are almost hard to believe. They're sweet, but still healthy! Packed with both vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin K, iron, calcium, and potassium, to name a few. They make fantastic snacks for toddlers upwards, just make sure the stones have been removed first.

Did you know? Flapjacks became popular in the '20s. As food rations began to lift following the end of the First World War, essentials like butter and sweeteners like sugar became more abundant, which sparked a national interest in baking.

Freshly cooked golden brown flapjacks on a wooden plate.

Fun For Kids

This recipe involves lots of (safe!) opportunities for the kids to get involved. From pouring, to mixing, mushing, and patting. If the quantities are measured out by an adult before starting, you could even have lots of fun with very little mess! Also, the dates and melted butter mixture (see recipe below) could also be prepared in advance, so kids can be away from the heat.

For dietary requirements, take a look at our handy tips below to tweak the recipe as you desire.

White bowl with blue designs full of large red dates.
Image © Mona Mok

How To Make Healthy Flapjacks

Take a look at our helpful flapjack recipe using dates below. Serves 12.

Prep time: 20 minutes.

Bake time: 25 minutes.


350g Rolled Oats.

250g Chopped Dates, stones removed.

250ml Water or Orange Juice.

175g Butter.

75g Brown Sugar.

Three tablespoons Golden Syrup or honey.

One and a half teaspoons Mixed Spice, optional.


1.Preheat the oven to 170°C.

2.In a small saucepan on low heat, place the chopped dates in the pan, and add around half of the water or juice to start with.

3.Cover and allow to steam for around five minutes, adding more liquid if necessary.

4.When the chopped dates become mushy, stir into a paste, turn off heat, then set aside.

5.In a large saucepan, add the butter and melt on low heat.

6.Gently add the golden syrup or honey, sugar and stir well until all dissolved.

7.Remove from heat and slowly add the oats and mixed spice, folding them in with a spoon until fully incorporated.

8.Grease a rectangular baking tin (or one lined with greaseproof paper) and pour half of your oat mixture into the tin. Use a spoon to evenly spread the mixture across the base, covering the corners of the tin too. Press down firmly with the back of a spoon.

9.Spoon your dates mixture in a bit at a time, using all of it to completely cover the bottom half of the oat mixture. Press down again.

10.Add the remaining oat mixture to completely cover the layers underneath. Press down a last time, slightly, so that your flapjacks are nice and compact.

11.Carefully place the baking tin in the preheated oven and allow to bake for 25 minutes, checking after 10 minutes,  15 minutes and 20 minutes to reduce heat, if necessary. They may cook sooner, depending on your oven, so keep an eye out.

12.Allow to cool before cutting into squares or rectangles, then enjoy your delicious date flapjacks!

Various ingredients for flapjacks in bowls on a white wooden tabletop.

How to make flapjacks without sugar: For a sugar-free flapjack recipe or low-calorie flapjack recipe, use honey instead of maple syrup and replace the 75g sugar with either 60g honey, 75g date paste or 75g sugar alternative.

Storage: Store in an airtight container, then place in a cool, dry place, such as a cupboard or fridge. Feel free to refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months, if they don't get eaten before then!

Extra Tips

Bring your recipes to life with these easy tips to make your flapjacks even more spectacular!

-For gluten-free flapjacks, use oats that are labelled gluten-free on the packaging.

-The dates can be roughly chopped, or thrown in whole, though they may take more time to soften.

-Cinnamon can be used instead of mixed spice.

-Feel free to top your date flapjacks with seeds, nuts or perhaps dried fruit if someone in your family has a nut allergy. If you fancy a topping, carefully press into the top layer, just before placing in the oven.


Written By

Temitope Adebowale

Temitope is a Fine Art student in London who loves to learn and loves to express herself creatively. A Private Tutor also, she enjoys the opportunity to share her knowledge with children from Primary School all the way up to Sixth Form and finds it incredibly rewarding. When she isn’t writing or tutoring, you could find her painting, editing photos, baking or building Lego with her nephew.

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