Healthy Baked Oat Bites

These chewy oat bars are my take on flapjack-style granola bars which are usually heavily laden with refined sugars. Using fruit to provide much of the sweetness means there’s less reason to feel guilty about indulging your sweet tooth, and they’re a great healthy treat for children.

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Ingredients & Method:

220g grated apple

1  heaped tbsp brown sugar

100g butter

3 tbsp honey

250g porridge oats

150g sunflower seeds

120g organic dates, roughly chopped

1. Grate the apple into a saucepan and sprinkle with the sugar. Cover and leave to sit for 10 minutes before adding the butter and placing over a moderate heat. Simmer for around 5 minutes, until the apple juice which was drawn out by the sugar has visibly reduced to a light syrup.

2. Remove from the heat and stir in the remainder of the ingredients. Mix well until the oats just begin to clump. Pat down into a compact rectangle around half an inch thick on a lined baking tray (should form a shape approx 8 X 9 inches).

3. Place in a preheated oven at 170C (340F) for 20-25 minutes. Remove and allow to cool slightly in the tray before cutting as desired (I usually get 24 squares from this recipe) and allowing to cool fully. These will keep for 2-3 days in an airtight container.

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