These apricot, apple and cranberry bars pack a punch of goodness!
With fibre, iron antioxidants as well as the slow release energy of the oats making them the perfect lunch box snack to see you though till lunch time or for an added energy boost in the afternoon. Why not cut into small squares for a kids lunch box break time snack?
A much healthier take on the flapjack, they’re just as tasty without the oodles of sugar, syrup and butter as the fruit puree gives it a natural sweetness and the maple syrup which features high levels of zinc and manganese to keep the heart healthy and boost the immune system. It’s also packed with antioxidants making this a truly healthy snack.
Ingredients for apricot, apple and cranberry oat bars
- 100g softened butter
- 50g soft brown sugar
- 175g wholemeal plain flour
- 2 apples
- 25g caster sugar
- 175g dried apricots
- 50g dried apricots
- Juice of 1 lime
- 200g maple syrup
- 8 tbsp porridge oats
- Preheat the oven to 160’c
- beat the butter and sugar until fluffy
- transfer the mixture into a 9″ square tin and press down with the back of a spoon
- lightly prick with a fork then bake in the oven for 15 minutes then take out and set aside
- core, slice, peel and chop the apples then add to a saucepan with the sugar and cook over a low heat for approx 10 minutes or until the apples are soft, then add the apricots and cranberries and cook for another 10 minutes,
- put the fruit mixture in a food processor or use a hand blender to puree then spread it over the base
- turn up the oven to 180’c
- mix the topping ingredients in a separate bowl and then cover the puree
- bake in the oven for 20 minutes
- leave to cool in the tin before cutting into squares