Blueberry Jam Oat Bars

The perfect mid morning snack to keep you going until lunch time!

INGREDIENTS (makes 8 bars):

For the base: 

  • 140g rolled oats (separate 90g to blitz into oat flour in a blender or food processor) 
  • 40 ml maple syrup 
  • 40 ml coconut oil or margarine, melted 
  • Splash of vanilla extract 
  • Pinch of salt 

For the jam layer: 

  • 150g frozen blueberries 
  • 25 ml maple syrup 
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

METHOD 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C and line a baking dish 
  2. Mix all of the ingredients for the base in the bowl until the mixture comes together. It should be quite a soft and sticky dough. 
  3. Press about ¾ of the dough mixture into the baking dish using a spatula to make sure it’s smooth. The rest of the mixture will be used to crumble on top of the bars. 
  4. Place this and the remainder of the dough in the fridge whilst you make the blueberry jam. 
  5. Put all of the ingredients for the jam into a small saucepan and cook over a medium heat for about 3-5 minutes until the mixture starts to bubble. 
  6. Begin to mash the blueberries with a fork and keep stirring to prevent the jam burning or sticking. 
  7. Take off the heat and leave to thicken up for a few minutes. 
  8. Once the jam mixture has slightly thickened, pour it on top of the base layer and crumble on the remaining oat mixture on top. 
  9. Place in the oven for 35 minutes until the top is golden brown. 
  10. Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before placing it on a cooling rack. Wait at least 2 hours before cutting into squares so the bars have time to set.

Date Caramel Snack bars

No words can explain how dreamy and delicious these bars taste! Perfect for snacking and will satisfy your tastebuds when you feel like something sweet!

 

Ingredients

  • 16 dates
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1/4 cup ground almonds 
  • 150g dark chocolate

Method

(Makes 6 bars)

  1. Add the dates and peanut butter to a food processor and blitz until well combined (a little lumpy is okay). Add the vanilla, cinnamon and almonds and pulse until its all mixed together.
  2. Line a 1lb loaf tin with baking paper (or use a silicone one like I do) and transfer the mix into the tin, pressing it down to cover the bottom of it easily. Leave in the freezer for 1 hour.
  3. Melt the chocolate. Once bars are ready, remove from the tin and cut into 6 squares. Cover each bar with melted chocolate and place on baking paper on a baking tray then leave in the fridge or freezer to set. Enjoy!