First, I'm talking about oat bars not pancakes.

Picture of oat/butter/sugar based treat

The basic recipe for these flapjacks is that you get some oats with a little flour and chopped nuts. Then you melt together butter, sugar and golden syrup. You mix wet with dry and oven bake.

I'd like to reduce the amount of sugar being put in, without making the flapjacks more brittle and crumbly. I intend to try using honey, but does anyone have alternative suggestions? I'm not concerned that they wont be sweet enough because I primarily want a more savoury nut and oat taste.

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    Honey is almost all sugar anyway, just not refined. Have you tried just using less? What proportions are you currently using? Also it's not clear whether you want less sweet or not.
    – Chris H
    Commented Feb 19, 2019 at 13:53
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    I haven't tried honey yet and plan to, though it's not my favourite flavour. I did try less sugar and golden syrup but got very crumbly results. And I'd prefer less sweet, but I'm open to replacements that are more sweet too. Commented Feb 19, 2019 at 14:16
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    I had success replacing about half the golden syrup with agave nectar (to use it up). This is just as sweet and only marginally lower in sugars so I won't propose it as an answer.
    – Chris H
    Commented Feb 19, 2019 at 15:18

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This might affect the texture too much, but if you're willing to experiment you could try some mashed banana.

I made these banana and oat cookies a while ago, which have the ratio of 1 banana to ~90g of oats. The recipe says to blend the oats, though I didn't bother, and the cookies came out pretty chewy.

The recipe is way too heavy on banana to come out like a flapjack, but you might be able to use a little to offset a reduction in sugar in a proper flapjack recipe. I'm not speaking from experience though, so no promises that it won't be a disaster!

  • I'll test it out so I can report my findings. Commented Feb 21, 2019 at 11:01

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