Chewy date bars recipe

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  • Healthy
makes: 12
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 30 min
-35

Nutrition per portion

RDA
Calories 233 kCal 12%
Fat 15g 21%
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  • Here’s a sweet treat that’s actually rather good for you! These date bars are super-tasty but not-too-naughty

    Ingredients

    • 250g (9oz) stoned dates, roughly chopped75g (3oz) demerara sugar
    • 60g (2½ oz) plain flour
    • 50g (2oz) porridge oats
    • 4tbsp vegetable oil
    • 1tsp baking powder
    • 1tsp mixed spice
    • 1tsp vanilla extract
    • 2 large eggs, beaten
    • 175g (6oz) pecan nuts, roughly chopped
    • Icing sugar, to dust
    • You will need:
    • 15cm (6in) square tin, buttered and lined with greaseproof paper

    Method

    • Heat oven to 180°C (350°F, gas mark 4). Place all the ingredients in order into a bowl. Stir until evenly mixed.

    • Pour into tin, level the top and put on the middle shelf for 30-35 mins or until the top is firm and browned. Leave for 10 mins, then turn on to a wire rack to cool.

    • When cold, cut into 12 bars and dust with icing sugar.

    Top tip for making Chewy date bars

    Dried dates and oats are high in fibre and give a slow release of energy. Dried fruits contain iron, which is vital for energy production. Eat with orange juice to help absorb the iron.

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