Spiced Date Oaty Bars (Vegan)

Oaty bars

With all the rain, grey clouds and that type of weather that gives you a headache we have been having as of late, I haven’t been craving summer treats such as strawberries and ice-cream, but rather comforting oaty goodness and wow, do these bars deliver. Reminiscent of autumnal comfort foods, oats, cinnamon and sticky gooey dates – these may seem out of place in the middle of summer however as soon as you try these you’ll want to make them all year round, come rain or shine.

This recipe has been adapted from The Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook, a beautifully designed cookbook with a great range of middle eastern drinks, mezzes, main meals and desserts. I wouldn’t go as far to say these bars are ‘healthy’ however they are certainly a better alternative than many sugar laden cereal bars or flapjacks that you find in the supermarkets. Not only are these bars extremely simple to make, they require no fancy ingredients and are ridiculously moreish thanks to the addition of sticky sweet dates and the salty, crunchy pumpkin seeds. 

Ingredients:

  • 100g coconut oil (or use dairy-free butter instead)
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 200g oats
  • 100g chopped dates
  • 1 banana mashed
  • 50g pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp salt

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 190oc and line a square tin with baking paper
  2. Combine the butter and syrup together in a large pan and melt
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the rest of the ingredients
  4. Spoon the mixture into the tin and press firmly
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden
  6. Remove from the oven and leave to cool before cutting into bars 
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