Well, to be honest I am not sure how flapjacks can save the NHS but I couldn’t help myself with this sensationalist headline! I mean, the poor NHS is having a rough ride at the moment, but it’s not all bad, they do have a pretty good website with which I like to indulge my hypochondriac tendencies!

One such afternoon I stumbled across its healthy recipes, and pretty much immediately tried the recipe for a breakfast bar: a sort of healthy flapjack, packed full with oats, dried fruits and seeds, not a single drop of golden syrup in sight. It’s super easy to make, and it’s super easy to customise. You can literally swap ingredients, add naughty chocolate drops, glacé cherries, nuts – whatever takes your fancy, whatever is in your cupboards. Love it.



150g jumbo oats

2 medium very ripe bananas  

60g melted butter

120g of a mixture of any of the following: cherries, cranberries, dried fruits, glacé cherries, goji berries, chocolate buttons (that would be my choice, obviously) or raisins… Try to combine a couple or more ingredients.

80g sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, chopped nuts, desiccated coconut… Again a combination works well; use a packet of mixed seeds for example.

For this particular bar I used desiccated coconut, glacé cherries, and white chocolate buttons… Yes I know, not the healthiest of ingredients, but all so delicious!



1. Preheat your oven to 200ºC.

2. Place all your ingredients in a bowl, get your hands dirty and scrunch it all up until well mixed.

3. Line a square cake pan with baking parchment and press down the mixture until even.

4. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Leave to cool on a wire rack and cut into slices.

Keep in an airtight container. 


If you have kids, get them to do the dirty work – they’ll love it – and you’ll keep your hands clean!

I might try  a combination of lemon and orange peel (left over from this), dark chocolate chips and chopped hazelnuts next; I am pretty sure I have all of them somewhere in my kitchen and need to put them to hard work saving the NHS too…

Photography: Emma Scott-Child and Clémentine Larvor