Fruit and seed bars

makes 14 bars

160g oats
50g dried apricots, chopped
60g mixed seeds (I used sunflower and pumpkin)
1 tablespoon golden linseeds
25g ground almonds
2 ripe bananas (medium-sized)
100g butter
3 tablespoons clear honey

  1. Mix the dried ingredients
  2. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over a low heat, with the honey
  3. Pour the mixture into the dried ingredients
  4. Mash the banana (I suggest mashing it in the saucepan – ‘cleans up’ the butter and saves washing up another bowl!)
  5. Mix everything well to combine, and then spoon into a lined (rectangular) cake tin. Firm down well with the back of the spoon
  6. Bake for 30 minutes at 180C until golden brown
  7. Leave to cool before cutting into bar form

I’ve been unsuccessful in breaking my cereal-bar habit, so I figured it was time to try making my own. These are pretty good, quite soft with a definitely banana taste. Certainly a good base to experiment with – sultanas or other fruit, for instance.

The downside: makes 14 bars, lasts in an airtight container for 3 days. Hah…! So, going to try freezing half the batch.

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