Oaty date bars

    Oaty date bars


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    About this recipe: A delicious snack that's simple to make and packed full of fibre. Lightly spiced, stewed dates are sandwiched between buttery oat layers.

    Makes: 20 bars

    • 220g chopped pitted dates
    • 4 tablespoons light brown soft sugar
    • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 210ml water
    • 160g porridge oats
    • 110g light brown soft sugar
    • 125g plain flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 175g butter
    • 2 tablespoons water

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a 23cm square tin. In a small saucepan, combine the dates, 4 tablepoons light brown soft sugar, orange zest, cloves, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, allspice, lemon juice and water. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until dates are soft and the mixture becomes a thick paste, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
    2. To make the base and topping, stir together the oats, 110g light brown soft sugar, flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl. Rub in butter using your fingers. Mixture should be coarse and crumbly. Stir in 2 tablespoons water until evenly distributed. Press about 2/3 of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared tin. Spread the date mixture evenly over the crust all the way to the edges. Sprinkle the remaining mixture over the date layer. Press down lightly.
    3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top is lightly toasted. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

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