Fruit and Oat Bars

These crumbly, crunchy bars are just divine!  Mix up supermarket snacks with some home-baked treats.

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Everyone needs snacks and our family is no different!  Whenever Lentil asks for a rice cake or cereal bar I think I really need to come up with some healthy, tasty alternatives to supermarket bought treats that his Papa will also like! That’s not to say that supermarket-bought snacks don’t have their place – of course they do!  Some of the big brands now make healthy, organic snacks, which are super convenient.  I’d be kidding myself if I thought I could bake all my kids snacks, but I like to try when I can.

These oat slices are yummy.  You can add whatever dried fruit you like.  For a really sticky slice that doesn’t crumble too much add more honey, or if you’re in the mood for something sweeter, use maple syrup instead of honey.  I used honey in this version – saving the maple syrup variety for Mama and Papa!

The what:

125g organic oats

60g unsalted butter

50g raisins

50g dried cranberries

5g pumpkin seeds

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

50 ml organic honey

10g organic desiccated coconut flakes

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The how:

Pre-heat the oven to 200 (180 fan).

Melt the unsalted butter in a medium-sized saucepan.  Add all the other ingredients, except the honey, and mix together well.  Next stir in the honey and pour the mixture onto a lightly greased baking tray.  Press down with a wood spoon /spatula.  Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until golden.  Set aside to cool and then cut into squares or slices.

Pop into your mouth and enjoy!

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