Snacks

Date, oat & orange squares

INGREDIENTS

500g pitted dates
140ml fresh orange juice
240g organic fine oatflakes
120g brown rice flour
90g ground almonds
1 orange
150ml natural sunflower oil
50ml organic apple-juice concentrate

METHOD

  • Heat oven to Gas 5, 190C.
  • Wash the dates, place in a pot and add water up to level with the top of the dates.
    Place a lid on top, bring to the boil, lower the heat & simmer for 20 mins.
  • Stir in 40ml of the fresh orange juice and mix until the dates are smooth. Set aside.
  • Oil a 9inch square baking tin & line the bottom with greaseproof paper. Oil the paper.
  • In a mixing bowl mix the oatflakes, rice flour & ground almonds together.
  • Using a zester remove the rind from the orange & mix with the dry ingredients.
  • Stir the sunflower oil, apple juice concentrate, orange juice & the juice from the zested orange into the dry ingredients. Mix well.
  • With dampened fingers, press two-thirds of the mixture firmly into the baking tin.
  • Spread the dates on top. Gently press the remainder of the oatflake mixture on top of the dates.
  • Bake in the centre of the pre-heated oven for 40 mins or until golden.
  • Allow to cool & slice into 12 pieces.
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Go Banana! (from Derval O’Rourke)

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INGREDIENTS

Serves 1
40g jumbo porridge oats
¼ tsp cinnamon
a pinch of salt (optional)
1 banana, peeled and unsliced
2–3 tbsp almond butter or another nut butter of your choice

METHOD

  • Mix the oats, cinnamon and salt together and spread out on a plate.
  • Cover the banana with almond butter.
  • Roll the banana in the oat mixture.
  • Place the coated banana in an airtight container and leave it in the fridge overnight.
  • Next morning, grab and go!
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