Oaty date and apple bars

Fed up with expensive manufactured energy bars? Make these. Dates are high in iron, oats are slow release carb, the bars taste nice. Do it.

WARNING: Not for recreational use! On prescription only, for people who are exercising hard for more than 90 minutes :-P

Or if you eat one you also have to promise to exercise hard for 90 minutes.
Makes: 8 bars • Prep: 10-15 mins • Cook: 30 mins • Easy 
  • 225g real butter
  • 100g porridge oats
  • 150g cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 150g stoned dates, chopped
  • 270g light soft brown sugar or mix 135g of sugar and 135ml of clear honey
  • 175g plain wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • a few flaked almonds
Heat oven to 180C.

Lightly butter an 18cm square tin and line with greaseproof paper. Simmer the apples in a small amount of water, just cover the base of the pan, on a low heat for 5 mins until tender.

Add the dates and 50g of the sugar, and cook for a further 5 mins.

Remove from heat and break down til smooth and well mixed.

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda, oats and the rest of the sugar in a bowl. Add the melted butter and stir well.

Press half the mixture well down into the tin, spread the apple mix on top. Sprinkle over the remaining oat mixture and press down. Scatter over some flaked almonds.

Bake for 30-35 mins until golden and firm.

Cool in the tin then cut into squares.
Nutrition info
Oats are particularly high in manganese which is great for healthy bone formation, healthy skin and helping to control blood sugar. Oats are a wholegrain, that means the good stuff hasn’t been removed. Wholegrains are an important source of B vitamins and fibre. A happy gut is at the heart of good health!
Vitamins A, C, K, folate. Minerals Copper, iron, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, potassium, zinc.

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