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Healthy Raspberry Lemon Oat Bars

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These oat bars are a family favourite & crowd-pleaser. They are packed with juicy raspberries & the grated lemon gives them a fresh zingy lift.

Raspberry 8

By using sugar-free apple sauce you can reduce the amount of fat you need, plus the apple-sauce also offers natural sweetness & moisture. By using coconut oil, this recipe can be made into a vegan one.

My recipe includes ground flaxseed & chia seeds, to add to the nutritive value. They make a great grab & go breakfast a lovely tea-time treat.

Makes: about 16 bars

Preparation time: 15 mins
Baking time: 50 mins

Ingredients:

120g wholemeal plain flour

50g plain flour

175g rolled oats

3 tbsp ground flaxseed

2 tbsp milled chia seeds

70g unsalted butter, cut into small chunks or coconut oil, small spoonfuls

105g sugar-free apple sauce

120g runny honey or coconut sugar

Finely grated rind from 1 lemon

300g fresh raspberries 

 

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Method:

Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Line & grease a shallow tin measuring 29cm X 18cm.

Put the flours, ground flaxseedmilled chia seeds & oats into a bowl. Add the butter or coconut oil & using your fingertips, combine until the mixture forms fine breadcrumbs.
Add lemon rind, apple sauce, honey  or coconut sugar & mix.

Transfer half of this oaty mix into the greased tin & pat down using a spatula.

Raspberry prep 1

Scatter raspberries on top.

Raspberry prep 2

Sprinkle the remaining oaty crumble mix over the raspberries.

Raspberry prep 4Bake for about 45-50 mins until golden brown.

Once cool, slice into bars.

Raspberry 5Variation: use a mixture of blueberries & raspberries as the filling.

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