3 Ingredient Fruity Flapjacks

If you’ve seen much of the edibles I feature on the blog, you may have noticed the lack of grains. Oats, rye, barley… minimal. Rice, buckwheat… occasionally (thanks to my love for Japanese starches.)

I could go into my stance on gluten and carbs in general, but that’s another post.

On the odd occasion, I do find myself craving something to have with my tea at around slump o’clock (3-4pm). Not because I’m hungry or tired, I just because I want something… comforting? I think it’s an old habit that won’t quit.


So I started searching for a good afternoon treat recipe… but I have my rules.

What I look for in any sweet baked-good (or raw) recipe is:

  • 5 or less ingredients
  • Max 10-20 minutes waiting time
  • No crazy sugars or ingredients I’ll buy and never use again

That doesn’t mean I won’t see something like this and pin it, wishfully thinking I’ll one day I’ll get some coconut sugar and the patience to wait an hour and 10 minutes for cookies…

Instead, I use what I gots.

Since I still had some porridge oats from Perkier stashed, I thought I would use a rainy afternoon as an excuse to get my experimental baking on.


Flapjacks aren’t exactly the most complex of sweet treats to start with, but I was convinced I could make them even easier.

(Spoiler alert: I did!)

These guys check all of my must-have recipe rules, and actually taste good enough that my picky sugar-addict parents approved.

Even our pet robin got a taste, and he’s still visiting so I’m sure he liked them.


3 Ingredient Fruity Flapjacks


  • 1 apple (I’ll bet a mashed banana or 1/2 a can of pumpkin works wonderfully too)
  • 3 cups/275g oats (any – I used Perkier’s apple porridge)
  • 3 tbsp oil or butter (I used a mix of coconut and butter, melted)
  • Optional add-ins: sugar/elaborate sugar substitute, cinnamon, nuts, raisins, chocolate chips…


  1. Preheat oven to 350F/175C
  2. Chop the apple up into 1-2cm cubes and bung it in the microwave.
  3. Add the apple to a food processor. This is how we make apple sauce. (Skip this is if using a mashed banana or 1/2 can pumpkin)
  4. Mix all 3 ingredients well, and add any optional add-ins (I just went nuts on nuts and cinnamon)
  5. Bake for 15 minutes
  6. Cool, cut, devour

(Just kidding, I never let anything cool!)


Oh and don’t forget to try these with lashings of nut butter.

I’ll be linking up with Laura’s #Strangebutgood food-filled collection and Kierston’s #RecipeFriday – see you guys over there!

Do you have any ‘rules’ when looking for recipes?
Do ya pin ’em anyway? 😉
Pick your favourite: apple sauce, mashed banana or canned pumpkin?
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  1. says

    I like your rules!
    For baking I guess I’d go with mashed banana, it’s the most convenient. But apples are my favourite fruit.
    I’d love to hear your thoughts on Gluten and carbs in general!!

    • Cat says

      I would totally agree with your fruity choices! I’m not as addicted to snacking as I used to be but an apple covered in pb was a daily habit once – still can’t beat it!

    • Cat says

      Sunday baking is the best – I’m doing some now in fact! Comments are a great distraction from waiting for the timer… 😉

  2. says

    Those are the same rules I follow! I have little to no patience when it comes to meal times and I need to gobble everything up and not wait hours. It’s a terrible habit too because it causes me to eat fast and not slow down and enjoy the process, haha!

    By the way, you are a fantastic, outstanding blog designer. :)

    • Cat says

      Thank you so much that has made my day! 😀

      I need to work on the speed eating myself! I’m pretty much impatient with everything in life, so may be it all goes hand-in-hand 😉

  3. says

    Love your rules! Especially the things you will buy and never use again. I am a bit fussy with bananas, so would probably choose tinned pumpkin as I have some in y cupboard and that is the easiest thing- no chopping or mashing required.

  4. says

    I saw your cat (or, Cat) icon on another blog with the url catfoodisgoodforyou lol. Being a cat owner… well it’s a clever name and it got me here, and I was happy to see it was Cat food and not cat food =p

    • Cat says

      I know right! Think now it’s getting chillier I might reintroduce and see how I go… That said, I know I’ll be missing eggs on day 2!

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