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Date and Oat Slices

No photos with this recipe I’m afraid (I know it’s rubbish – I’m always more inclined to make something if there’s a pic of the finished product) because it was made when I had no working camera (mine died, and my wonderful parents have now given me their old one on a long-term loan). But these slices are really nice – like super fruity flapjacks. And they are really easy.

Date and oat slices

  • Makes 8 (or however many you want to cut it into!)
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line the base of tin with greaseproof paper or baking parchment (no need if like me you’re obsessed with silicone bakeware)
  • 120 ml  boiling water
  • 1 teaspoons  (level) Vanilla Extract
  • 220 g Dates stoned and chopped
  • 150 g Spread,  Low Fat
  • 150 g oats
  • 75 g brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoons  Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 tablespoons  Sesame Seeds
  1. Place the dates in a heatproof bowl and pour on the boiling water. Leave to stand and soften for 15 minutes.
  2. Add the vanilla essence and beat to a smooth puree (or if you’re feeling a bit lazy like me, blend with a hand-held blender).
  3. Gently melt the spread in a saucepan, or in a bowl in a microwave oven.
  4. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Mix well.
  5. Spoon half of the oat mixture in the tin, pressing it down well with the back of a wooden spoon.
  6. Spread the date puree over the base and top with the remaining oat mixture.
  7. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the surface is golden.
  8. Allow the mixture to cool in the tin before cutting into 8 squares (let it cool completely or it’ll fall apart)
  9. Store in an airtight container
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Goody Good Stuff

I won some sweets! Hooray for blog giveaways, and thankyou to Hef’s Kitchen for my stash 🙂

Goody Good Stuff make vegetarian and vegan sweets in the UK and I was lucky enough to receive a hamper of the vegan varieties through Heather’s blog. They even arrived in a basket, with a ribbon on the top – now that is a hamper!

I’ve now tried them all (of course), and my favourites are the sour mix and match and the cola bottles – I was always a fan of fizzy/sour sweets so it’s nice to have found vegan versions of them! And they have a great chewable texture – by that I mean they don’t just bounce around your mouth like I seem to remember things like jelly teddy bears doing!

They are pretty widely available, and I’ve seen them in places like Holland and Barrett.

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