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Yummy Healthy Oaty Squares

Posted: Thu, 19 January 2017, 12:40

These fruit and oat squares are packed with goodness for a breakfast, snack or lunch box. The contents can be varied according to taste. Maple or agave syrup can be used instead of honey. The dried fruit can include raisins or apricot. Any nut butter, such as cashew or almond would also work well. Two versions can be baked on one tray by simply placing a foil strip between them. This is also a recipe that children will enjoy making and offers a fresh alternative to commercial sugary versions. Store in an air tight container.

This recipe will fill a 23cm baking tray.

 

Ingredients

275g organic porridge oats

4 tbsp. coconut oil

2 tbsp. honey

3 tbsp. ground flaxseed

3 tbsp. tahini or peanut butter*

1 tbsp. pumpkin seeds

1 tbsp. dried cranberries

2 tbsp. dates, finely chopped

1 tbsp. dried figs, finely chopped

Method

Line a 23cm tray with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 180 c/gas 4

Gently melt the coconut oil, tahini (or peanut butter) and honey over a low heat. Remove this from the heat and gradually stir in all the other ingredients, making sure everything is well mixed. Press the mixture into the baking tray and pack it well to the edges. You can make two different mixes using half the quantity for each and separate them on the tray with a rolled strip of tin foil. Sprinkle the top with some seeds if desired and gently press them on. Bake for about 15 minutes, checking towards the end; if they are over baked they will become too crumbly and difficult to slice. Allow the tray to cool completely before cutting into squares. They can be drizzled with some yoghurt laced with maple syrup before serving if desired.

*CooksTip

Always stir the tahini or nut butter before using as the oils tend to separate and float on the top. It is also important to use a brand that doesn’t contain added sugars or salt.

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