Cherry Bakewell Flapjacks Bites

Bananas are a problematic fruit in our house. Up until recently Seb was the only one who would even contemplate eating them. Then about a fortnight ago, Atticus decided that he does now like bananas. When Atticus announced that he liked bananas (it did feel somewhat like a proclamation at the time), all of a sudden, I had to increase the weekly amount of bananas. This, however, then left me with a plethora of bananas as it turns out that Atticus’s new found love of bananas only really means he likes bananas on some days and sometimes only three quarters of a banana.  Seb has taken to finishing off stray bits of Atticus’s bananas and I had to search for recipes to use up the overripe bananas that no-one wanted to eat. Rest assured, I have now reduced the weekly amount of bananas again – I can always go and buy more later in the week!

This recipe was a ‘What do I make with all the bananas that isn’t cake?’ recipe. It is an easier way of making flapjack with small children as it has no stove time; banana, oil and golden syrup bind it together. I made these with Ophelia and she really enjoyed making them and then proudly sharing them with her big brothers.


Recipe adapted from The Tickle Fingers Toddler Cookbook

  • 2 ripe large bananas
  • 9 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 5 tbsp golden syrup
  • 325g oats
  • 75g slivered almonds
  • 30 natural coloured glacé cherries


  1. Preheat the oven to 170°c fan and grease and line a 20cm (or slightly smaller) square tin. Our tin was a bit smaller (16cmx18cm) with thicker flapjacks.
  2. Put the bananas into a large bowl and squish and squash with the back of a fork until smooth.
  3. Add the oil and the golden syrup and mix until fully combined.
  4. Count out the cherries and slice in half with a table knife or pull apart.
  5. Add the oats and almonds and mix.
  6. Add the cherries and mix again until they are evenly distributed in the mixture.
  7. Transfer to the tin and flatten with the back of a spoon.
  8. Place in the oven for 30 minutes until golden.
  9. Remove from the oven and cut into slices or bite-size squares while still warm and in the tin.
  10. Leave to cool fully in the tin.

I am generally not a banana fan and I enjoyed these. One batch lasted the kids for the majority of the school week and got a happy reaction at the school gate. I have discovered though that Seb isn’t a huge fan of glacé cherries, but Ophelia really, I mean really loves them. Seb took to handing his unwanted cherries to her and she was gobbling them up as quickly as he gave them to her!


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