Fruit, oat & seed bars

Fruit, oat & seed bars

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Cooking time

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 40 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes 16

A tasty twist on flapjacks with a luscious layer of apricots inside

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per bar

kcalories
244
protein
3g
carbs
28g
fat
14g
saturates
6g
fibre
2g
sugar
17g
salt
0.18g

Ingredients

  • 140g light muscovado sugar
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 140g butter
  • 250g rolled oats
  • 85g raisins or sultanas
  • 85g walnut pieces (or use your favourite nuts, roughly chopped)
  • 50g sesame or mixed seeds
  • 25g dried cranberries
  • 50g ready-to-eat apricots, finely chopped

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Gently heat the sugar, golden syrup and butter in a pan until the sugar and butter have both melted. Stir the oats, raisins, walnuts, seeds and cranberries into the pan until coated in the butter.
  2. Spoon half the oaty mix into a traybake tin (23 x 23cm or thereabouts). Scatter the apricots over the top, then top with the remaining oat mix. Pack the mix down well and smooth with the back of a metal spoon. Bake for 35 mins or until dark golden. Leave to cool completely before cutting into 16 bars with a sharp knife.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2009

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Lucaby's picture

Wow these are really lovely. I followed the tip of rolling them while In the tin with a can of tomatoes and they have held the shape perfectly. They look much better than in the photos here. It's such a shame we can't post our photos! They are very indulgent and although there are nuts and seeds in, they are most definitely a treat rather than a health food!

saffron9's picture
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These are lovely and chewy but not jaw breaking! I will definitely be making them again. The tip from Black eyed worked well and they did not crumble or fall apart.

Black eyed's picture

These really are good. I made a batch for a friend for her birthday but I really don't want to give them to her now, they're that good! To help bind the mix together to prevent them from falling apart when out of the oven, use a can or something similar to help press the mixture down (place baking paper on top first). Also, score the mixture with a sharp knife once out of the oven as this really helps with getting them out in whole pieces once cool. Enjoy!

stonefruit's picture
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Totally divine.

helenl04's picture

Far too sweet for me.
And fell apart completely, maybe should have cooked them a while longer. Who knows?
Not one to bother with again though.

als026's picture

Excellent! Didn't have seeds so put in extra dried fruit and only used 100g sugar.
To stop crumbling,press down well before baking by putting a piece of baking parchment on the top and pressing with your hand. Repeat when cooked,taking care!(could roll with a can or similar.) I covered the mixture with melted chocolate when cold,then cut into bars when it had set. Delicious!

kpitchers's picture
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Forgot to rate the recipe!!

kpitchers's picture
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These bars are very tasty and go down a treat and my partner prefers these to any other bars I have made - he prefers the taste, but they do seem to fall apart very easily - I have tried various things even changed the baking tray I use to stop them from falling apart - but nothing seems to work - ANY suggestions would be great.

wigchef's picture
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Very tasty. Cut down on the amount of sugar and butter though as thought it would be ok with a bit less. Baking parchment stuck to them a little. I would chop them up while they are still warm rather than when they are completely cold. Seemed to taste better the next day to me. Good feedback from family and friends.

emrais's picture
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Make these. They're great.

nikkiwitts's picture
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Loved this recipe, put extra fruit in instead of the nuts , v.yummy :-)

lou746's picture
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I don't really like flapjacks as I've always found the shop bought ones very claggy....however....I made these for a friend as she can only swallow quite rough textured food due to a medical condition, and they are delicious! I accidentally set my fan oven at 160 Degrees but they came out perfectly - slightly crispy on top and chewy underneath. I cut them into squares as soon as I took them out the oven(leaving them in the tin to cool though). This made them easy to break into portions when cool. I added hazelnuts and sesame,poppy and linseed to the mix along with currants and dried apricots. YUM! Will be making these again as my husband loves this type of treat.

lindabyrne's picture
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These were a triumph. Naturally I tweaked the recipe somewhat. I thought the sugar and syrup measurements would make them very sweet so I just used 100g of sugar and 1 tablespoon of honey (instead of golden syrup). They were staggeringly good and I adored the chopped apricots in them. I'm going to make them again and next time add just 70g of sugar and the 1 tablespoon of honey to see if I can reduce the sugar content even more.

yorkshirejen's picture
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Smashing! As it was just past Easter and I had a few bits of chocolate left over I cut up chunks and put them in the middle layer too, which was fab... 'Cause clearly what this recipe needed was a little bit more sin...

healthyfoodie's picture
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I used dried figs and lots of seeds instead of nuts, and 50g more oats. I am loving this recipe. I will try to take out some of the butter next time as they are very buttery (which is nice, but I'm trying to be more healthy!)

fayfumbs's picture
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Really gooey. Stuck together well as I used an icing smoother to press it down before and after it was cooked. Added sunflower seeds and used blanched peanuts instead of walnuts. Unfortunately I did line the tin with baking paper and it stuck to the base of the mixture.

vonnybee's picture

Just made these today - very nice but as a few other people have said, quite crumbly and don't hold together well at all. Going to see if I can get my son to eat them. Hopefully it will be a good way to get some nuts and seeds into him!!!

gizmo666's picture
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Made these with my kids and it was soo easy, i used cherries instead if aricots they were wonderful though a little crumbly. will definately make these again!! :)

dwynwyn's picture
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Absolutely wonderful

paulseabrook's picture
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very tasty but the bars would not stay together - any suggestions?

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