Packed with nuts, seeds, oats, and hemp protein powder, these healthy vegan bars are a healthy take on flapjacks, making the perfect snack that’s high in protein, fibre, and full of nutritious ingredients.
Flapjacks always used to be a weird sweet treat for me. They were made from oats, had nuts and raisins in – they should be healthy, right? But then they also had tonnes of sugar, which kind of outweighed any goodness the nuts and seeds offered.
This healthy, vegan twist on a traditional flapjack recipe has no refined sugar, added protein, and is full of yummy, nutritious ingredients for guilt-free snacking.
These are a great option if you’re craving a dessert but want something a little more ‘health conscious’.
Variations & Substitutes
Instead of using refined sugar, this recipe uses maple syrup and dates.
You could also use agave syrup or sweetener, and you could add dried fruits or raisins for a sweeter variation – I just didn’t have any in the house when baking!
This recipe is also super versatile, so you could add in more nuts and seeds as you like. For example, chopped roasted hazelnuts or almonds could be a great addition.
Do you have to add protein powder for these vegan protein flapjacks?
These flapjacks have added hemp protein powder to boost the protein macro per bar.
This is totally optional – you could just omit the protein powder and the bars would still be delicious, but you will get less protein per bar.
Equally, you could use a different type of vegan protein powder such as rice, soy, or pea protein powder. Using a flavoured one could also add a unique taste to your flapjacks (I’d go for vanilla, personally!).
These flapjacks are made to be a healthier-alternative to traditional recipes, so they won’t taste as sweet as you might expect.
I love to eat these flapjacks alone as a snack, or with coconut yoghurt and fresh berries for breakfast!
- 170g oats
- 5 tbsp maple syrup
- 30g dark dairy-free chocolate chips,
- 30g coconut oil
- 5 dates
- 1 banana
- 30g walnuts
- 100g peanut butter
- 40g hemp protein powder
- 2tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 1tsp vanilla essence
- Pre-heat your oven to 180°C and line a baking tin with baking paper
- Soak your dates in a bowl with freshly boiled water for 5 - 10 minutes to soften them
- Drain the dates, then combine them with the coconut oil, peanut butter, vanilla essence, and maple syrup
- Mash the banana in a bowl and then add the date mixture to it
- In a separate bowl, combine your oats, chocolate chips, chopped walnuts, protein powder, and seeds
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine - the mixture should be fairly thick
- Pour into your pre-lined tin and bake for 25 minutes, covering the top with foil if it starts browning too early
- Allow the flapjacks to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out and slicing into 10 bars
These flapjacks should keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
For added sweetness, try adding dried fruit such as raisins, dried cranberries, or dried apricots
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 255 Total Fat: 13g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 129mg Carbohydrates: 29g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 12g Protein: 9g