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Spelt and Oat Fruit Bars

Spelt & Oat Fruit Bars

These are a delicious easy option for a sweet treat based on good ingredients. Keeping all the ingredients natural and minimising the sugar makes these a sugar savvy sweet treat. Similar to my other half’s flapjacks but a bit more refined as I blend most of the oats to oat flour. I like to have a tray of these so that I can put one in my daughter’s lunchbox on a Friday. They are so easy to make and can be whipped up and in the oven in minutes.

Makes a tray of about 12
Spelt and Oat Fruit Bars
6oz butter
3oz honey
6oz mixed dried fruit
7oz oat flour (porridge oats blended to fine flour)
7oz spelt flour
1tsp mixed spice
2 handfuls jumbo oats
2 tbsp chia seed
2 eggs beaten

Oven at 170C
Line a flat baking tray with parchment
Over a medium heat, Gently melt the butter honey and syrup
Allow to cool slightly while you beat the eggs
Mix with melted honey butter mix
Add all dry ingredients, fruit seeds and spice to a bowl and make a well in the centre
Pour liquid in and mix well to combine
Pour onto the baking tray
Wet your clean hands and press down until flat and smooth and into the corners of your tray
Bake for 20 minutes until golden
Let cool and cut into squares.

Delicious energy boosting bars

backpack bars
I finally nabbed and I think improved (just a little!) Dominic’s flapjack recipe. He has been making them for years to give out to his clients after a good workout or has often wrapped one up for me to take to work so that I have a decent snack if I start to flag in the middle of the day. I used never be around when he made them so have been experimenting lately and have come up with this as a more refined, girlie almost, version of his flapjacks. I think these are perfect for the backpack if you are going on a long walk and children tend to like them too though be mindful of the nuts. They are really easy, all the dry ingredients get mixed, all the wet get melted with the chocolate and the baking time is only 20 minutes. The recipe can be changed around pretty easily too – use what ever nuts you like, same goes for the dried fruit and the nut butter. I have made them with peanut and almond butter and both are delicious. They taste better than any shop bought flapjack and are made with much better ingredients.

2 oz coconut
2 oz mixed nuts chopped
1 oz seeds
6 oz dried fruit
8 oz (certified gluten free if you can get them) oats (not jumbo as they wont stick together as easily)
1 tbsp milled flax seed (optional, I put them in when I have them)
1 tbsp cocao nibs (optional I love them in it)
4 oz butter
100gr good quality chocolate
2 tbsp coconut oil
4 tbsp honey
4 tbsp nut butter

This makes 12 decent size bars.
Oven at 180C

If you have time, toast the coconut in the oven for about 5 minutes until it is lovely and golden
In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients (oats, fruit, seeds, nuts, coconut etc)
Bring a pot of water to the boil. Turn it off and stick a bowl over it into which you have put the chocolate, butter, honey, nut butter, coconut oil . The chocolate and other ingredients will melt nicely – give it a stir every now and then.
Make a well in your dry ingredients and pour in the melted chocolate liquid.
Mix thoroughly and ensure all dry ingredients get coated with it.
Pour into a flat try (mine was 10cm x 14cm) and press down very well with the back of a spoon. Bake for 20 minutes.
Let cool completely in the tin before cutting… this is essential otherwise you will end up with breakfast cereal!
Cut and enjoy!

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