Healthy Protein Flapjack Recipe

  • Servings : 12
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 20m
  • Ready In : 30m

If you’re looking for a high protein flapjack recipe that’s packed with healthy ingredients then look no further!


This recipe combines oats, seeds, dried fruit and protein (along with coconut oil and honey) to produce delicious flapjacks that are crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. They are bursting with vitamins, minerals, omega 3 and soluble fibre and are a great source of protein (5-10g per bar depending on how many slices you cut them in to!).


Check out the video above for how to make this delicious recipe!



  • 1 cup (90g) rolled oats*
  • 1 scoop (25g) protein powder**
  • 1/2 cup (40g) unsweetened desiccated coconut***
  • 1/3 cup (35g) milled flax seeds***
  • 1/3 cup (45g) mixed seeds
  • 1 slightly heaped cup (130g) dates
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil***
  • 3 tbsp honey/maple syrup (vegan)
  • 1 tsp vanilla/cinnamon/cocoa
  • dark chocolate (for decoration)

*To make this recipe gluten free use gluten-free oats.

**I used Sativa Protein which is a sugar-free plant based protein (use discount code ‘Nic15’ for 15% off!) – to read more check out my Sativa Shakes Review.

You could use hot chocolate powder though if you don’t use protein powder, or skimmed milk powder.

***I got my Coconut oil, Desiccated Coconut & Milled Flax Seeds (also known as ground linseeds) from Holland & Barrett.


Protein Flapjack



Step 1

Pre-heat your oven to 175C (350F) and add all of the dry ingredients into a food processor & blitz for a few minutes until 90% of the dates have been broken up into tiny pieces

Step 2

Pour the dry ingredients into a bowl and melt the honey & coconut oil in the microwave for a minute, stir and add to the dry ingredients

Step 3

Mix until all of the dry ingredients are coated with the oil & honey before pouring into a greased baking tray (or I lined mine with baking paper)

Step 4

Press the mixture down firmly all over so that the mixture is packed together tightly before baking for 20 minutes

Step 5

Allow the flapjack to cool in the tin before transferring to the fridge for 4-5 hours. You'll then be able to slice the bars into 6-12 pieces before dipping them into melted dark chocolate and popping them back in to the fridge to set

Step 6



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UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who sends me pictures of my recipes on Twitter & Facebook – here are a selection!!

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*Made with fewer dates (4 dates plus 3 dried apricots plus raisins & sultanas instead of the remaining date weight), chia seeds instead of flax & agave plus honey!


*Made without protein powder or coconut flakes plus extra apricots & veg oil instead of coconut oil!

photo_2-1.PNG*My black-bean chocolate cookies also make an appearance!

photo_3*Made with skimmed milk powder instead of protein powder (see the comment below!)

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Chocolate Flapjack*At the top are my sweet potato protein brownies!

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Recipe Comments

Comments (54)

  1. posted by Lou on September 1, 2013

    Made these today and was very happy with how they turned out! I had to make a few changes (purely to not having the right ingredients in the house!) including adding some dried apricots and raisins/sultanas as I only had 4 dates, and added chia seeds. I used 1 tbsp honey and a squidge of agave syrup and also added some crystallised ginger. The chocolate is just cooling but they smell awesome – like those really nice dark choc ginger biscuits you can get!

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on September 1, 2013

      Oooh Lou I LOVE your creativity!! Thank you so much for taking the time to send me your lovely pic and comment – I can’t wait to re make these with chia seeds now! Enjoy them! xx

      • posted by Lou on September 1, 2013

        Tasted and can confirm they are lovely! They taste like those Borders ginger dark chocolate biscuits!

  2. posted by Steph on September 3, 2013

    Hi Nic, made these last night with a few tweaks. I don’t use protein powder so I omitted this and added 10g of extra oats. I also changed the dates to be 50:50 dates:apricots and upped the seeds by an extra 30g to make up for also not using the coconut. I also added 25g of finely chopped crystallised ginger (as suggested in Lou’s comment) which added an extra edge to the flavour and works very well with the dark chocolate. I chose to use vegetable oil instead of coconut oil as well. I like my flapjacks quite ‘rough’ texture so instead of using the food processor I chopped the dried fruit into small pieces by hand and kept the oats & seeds whole. On reflection, the flapjacks are a little more crumbly so next time I think I might do 50:50 processed:whole to try and make them adhere a little more. Great recipe though and clearly can be easily adapted!!

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on September 3, 2013

      Love your tweaks!! And thanks so much for the pic Steph – I’ll be blogging a protein-free apple flapjack recipe soon, as well as another protein bar recipe so look out for them! I learn so much from these comments so please keep them coming 🙂 Nic xx

  3. posted by Michela Rutherford on September 3, 2013

    Ooh jusade these for kids snacks, I left out the protein powder (not sure about giving it to kiddies) and used apricots instead of dates and shredded coconut. I added a bid spoonful my homemade chocolate nut butter too. Well just out of the oven and I couldn’t resist a nibble,yum! Currently cooling in freezer so I cadrizzle with choc. Might even go white chocolate as iv flavoured with ginger .

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on September 3, 2013

      Ooh your tweaks sound fab! I love that you made them with out the protein powder too – that’s great to know! Thank you for your amazing picture too! Enjoy! Nic xx

  4. posted by Liza salt on September 4, 2013

    Just made these and created lots of healthy toppings! I also added raisins, prunes and dates to the mixture.
    I didn’t have any protein powder so I used a heaped tablespoon of milk powder, and two heaped tablespoons of oat flour instead of the coconut as I’d ran out. This reduced the sweetness a little but our lashings of toppings and dried fruit in the mixture more made up for this. If you’re not adding toppings or dried fruits, I’d add an extra tablespoon of honey / stevia equivalent 🙂


    • posted by Nics Nutrition on September 4, 2013

      Thanks for your comment Liza!! Your bars looked AMAZING (uploading 5 in 1 pictures right now!) – so pleased you were able to swap the protein powder too! Great tip!! Enjoy 🙂 xx

  5. posted by Kathleen on September 5, 2013

    Absolutely loved these flapjacks! They r such a treat when following a clean eating diet. Thanks nic, keep the delicious recipes coming!! Xx

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on September 5, 2013

      No problem 🙂 I love creating these recipes – it makes me so happy to think that other people get to enjoy them too! Thanks for your comment! x

  6. posted by Emma on September 6, 2013

    I made these flapjacks but altered the ingredients to suit my requirements:
    I didn’t add any dates or coconut, added 2 scoops of protein shake (chocolate), used Flaxseed (35g) & Pumpkin seeds (30g) & reduced the honey to 2 tbsp & 10g of coconut oil – but added hot water to make it more moist.
    The first batch I tried was overcooked so do watch out! They didn’t look cooked but quickly firm up once out of the oven.
    Mine are a little dry but still very tasty.

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on September 7, 2013

      Hi Emma! Thanks for your comment – perhaps they’re dry because you didn’t use all of the ingredients (honey/oil/dates).. it’s nice to experiment though! I can guarantee if you make my recipe with all of the ingredients you will love them even more! Thanks for your picture too! Nic x 🙂

  7. posted by Gemma hamill on September 6, 2013

    Made these this week and I am super impressed! So tasty and simple to make. Can’t wait to try them again with chocolate! Thanks Nic xx

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on September 6, 2013

      Aw thank you Gemma! Thank you for the fab pic too!! SO glad you liked them! Nic xx

  8. posted by Aileen on September 9, 2013

    Hi..made these last night but omitted the dates as I don’t like dried fruit taste. They didn’t bind at all so I’m assuming the dates are necessary ?! Any substitutes? Or maybe the taste of dates isn’t that strong??
    Thanks..great blog 🙂

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on September 9, 2013

      Hello! Yes the dates act as a binder – you can’t really taste them I don’t think but you could always add half of the dates and more honey/coconut oil. Let me know how it goes! Nic xx

  9. posted by Rach on September 16, 2013

    I adapted the flapjacks as I don’t eat protein powder so used 25g oat flour. Instead of mixed seeds I used milled flax, pumpkin, sunflower, seseme and goji berry mix as I didn’t want the crunchy seed texture! I also used agave as I don’t like honey and didn’t add any vanilla/cinnamon but some stem ginger with dark chocolate to decorate!
    My dates formed a ball when I blitzed them in the food processor so next time I adapt this process to stop them clumping!

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on September 17, 2013

      Thanks for your comments Rach! Perhaps adding the dates a few at a time would help! Nic xx

      • posted by Rach on September 17, 2013

        Oh I just realised I didn’t follow your method correctly! Haha!

        • posted by Nics Nutrition on September 18, 2013

          Haha don’t worry, better luck next time! x

  10. posted by Gemma on September 18, 2013

    Delicious! Think will add some stem ginger next time or use dark chocolate with ginger in it. All the crumbs left from cutting it up are yummy as a topping for Greek yoghurt too, bonus!

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on September 18, 2013

      Haha I love your style 🙂 And great suggestions for next time. So glad you liked them Gemma!

  11. posted by Katie Clarke on October 21, 2013

    Made these at the weekend with just one tweak, I added chocolate chips to the mixture rather than drizzling chocolate on top ( no microwave so saves getting the ban Marie out)
    Absolutely love them, only problem is so does my other half!

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on October 21, 2013

      Hahaha! Aw I love your tip! Thank you Katie!! That’s so funny, you’ll have to hide them 😉 enjoy!! xx

  12. posted by Katie Clarke on October 31, 2013

    Agh now he’s discovered the granola! Having to make a double batch.

    Thanks for the recipe

  13. posted by Aki on November 16, 2013

    I used 1/4 cup of Chia Seeds, Hemp Seeds, and Pumpkin Seeds as mixed seeds for my Flapjacks. I just had one as a post workout snack after my run this morning! It was crunchy and very tasty 🙂 Also, it was quite filling! I’m thinking of making some as a part of our snacks when my husband and I are traveling next spring. I’m sure I will make more beforehand, anyways 😉

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on November 17, 2013

      Hi Aki! Ooh love your seed suggestions!! So glad you like them 🙂 Thank you!! Nic xx

  14. posted by Leslie Chu on November 24, 2013

    I was looking for a extra bit of protein intake in my diet whilst training and a work mate suggested Protein Flapjacks. This was one of the top searches, to be honest this the way the website looked and how organised it is thought I’d give this a whirl. Not the biggest ‘baker’ but it was honestly ridiculously easy to make and tastes amazing! Very impresses with myself at the first go but it’s all about the ease of these instructions, recipe’s and videos. I’d recommend this to anyone who wants a good tasting healthy snack and Nic does an amazing job executing what to use and how to make it with this website/video’s! Will be using A LOT more! Already directed a few people to this website! Thanks!

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on November 24, 2013

      Aw cheers Leslie! That’s such a nice comment 🙂 I will certainly keep the recipes coming! I bet you’d like my sweet potato brownies or protein balls! Nic x

  15. posted by Sarah D on January 18, 2014

    I made these last weekend with the hope that they would last me until this weekend for a healthy protein snack, unfortunately (for me) my husband & work colleagues loved them so much they only lasted until Monday! Ill just have to make another batch today! I used chia seeds instead of flax seeds & agave nectar instead of honey, just because that’s all I had to hand. I also added flaked almonds & chopped pecan nuts. Truly Scrumptious! 😀 😀 😀

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on January 19, 2014

      Hurray! Aw I’m so glad you liked them, thank you for your lovely comment! x

  16. posted by Noodle the Poodle on January 23, 2014

    These are completely awesomely moorish :)))) I didn’t have all the ingredients so like others used dates dried apricots (mostly) & dried figs. My milled seeds were home milled mix of sesame sunflower pumpkin & linseed and whole seeds were the same combo (minus linseed). No protein powder either but hey…I love the texture & flavour having whizzed it all up…daughter & husband love ’em too so they won’t last long! Made double bubble too – just as well ! 🙂 I like the look of some of your other recipes so will def give them a go. Lovely to get some healthy inspiration 🙂 Thank you!

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on January 23, 2014

      Aw thank you so much for your fab comment! It’s great to hear how versatile this recipe can be without me even realising!! xx

  17. posted by Annette Stevenson on January 25, 2014

    I’ve just made a batch and they are chilling in the fridge. I don’t think they were wet enough and as a result they look a bit crumbly and over cooked on the edges. Could I have added egg for example to bind the mixture a bit more?

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on January 25, 2014

      Hello! Humm, the dates help bind but you could add coconut oil or honey.. I wouldn’t suggest egg in a flapjack mixture! xx

  18. posted by Karen on January 29, 2014

    These babies are amazing! Would absolutely recommend making them. Added cocoa nibs and ginger (spice not fresh) best flapjack recipe i have ever tried!

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on January 29, 2014

      Aw thank you for such a lovely comment Karen!! Love your suggestions 🙂 xx

  19. posted by Martyn on January 30, 2014

    Ive now made 3 batches of these, slightly different each time depending on what ive got in, but they are incredible, SO tasty !!!

    Im now having 2 bars every day at work, I love em.

  20. posted by Catherine Wilson on February 16, 2014

    I added cherries and omitted the desiccated coconut as I didn’t have any. Looks nice when I put in the oven

  21. posted by Carla on February 17, 2014

    I made this again for the second time today, i cut in to 16 mini squares and omitted the chocolate (only because i didn’t have any). Its so mourish I could eat the whole batch in one sitting, sat here trying to resist, I have eaten quite a few squares already…..oops!!!! x

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on February 17, 2014

      Hehe it’s ALLLLLL GOOD! Aw thank you for your comment Carla!!

  22. posted by Laura Allen on March 12, 2014

    I’m going to be doing these at the weekend for the men
    at the gym I go to and I was wondering how
    Long do they last once they have been made.
    They look amazing.

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on March 12, 2014

      Hello! They don’t last more than a few days in my house as they all get eaten (!!). Can’t see why they wouldn’t last more than a week though in an air tight container 🙂 x

  23. posted by Aki on March 14, 2014

    When I cut into bars for the first time, the bars didn’t hold well together. This time they did 😀 I was quite happy with it. This time I added 1/4 cup of Chia Seeds and some cranberries. Also, instead of mixing all the seeds like pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds wit the other ingredients in a food processor, I added them later so that they will give you crunchiness when you bite a bar.

  24. posted by Laura on May 3, 2014

    Have now made my second batch of this delicious Flapjack recipe .. absolutely LOVE them! Put a few cherries in the last batch I made.. yum! Such an easy to follow and quick recipe. Will be making these on a regular basis just to help satisfy my sweet tooth without ruining my attempts at a healthy diet 🙂
    Thank you so much Nic!!
    Looking forward to trying out many more of your recipes.. Cauiflower Pizza tonight.. can’t wait! Will let you know how it goes…
    Laura x

  25. posted by Sarah on January 10, 2016

    Made these today for the first time and they look and smell great – can’t wait to try them! I usually make this sort of flapjack minus the protein so I was happy to find this recipe! I used golden syrup flavour whey from myprotein and upped the amount from 25g to 30g because I wasn’t concentrating! I also only used half the dates as I thought this would balance the seed to fruit ratio better and I prefer crunch to fruit in a flapjack. I also used 10 drop on myprotein vanilla flavdrops in place of vanilla essence 🙂 will let you know how they taste – thank you Nic! xx

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on January 10, 2016

      Yay thanks Sarah! And it’s great that they stuck together without all of the dates too, success!! xx


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