I first tried out this recipe a few weeks ago after wanting something sweet to snack on for afternoon tea at work before my maternity leave began. My aim was to save a little money and to prevent me from attacking Haighs during my lunch break. It is a little worrying when you start to know the staff on a first name basis.
It filled the brief perfectly and Pete also enjoyed it, so much so that he has asked I make it regularly from now on for him to take to work too.
Even though it does contain a fair amount of butter, the goodness lies in the seeds, nuts and fibre content. I have tweaked it a little from the original recipe by adding chia seeds and substituting a few other ingredients.
I hope you enjoy this as much as we now do.
Chewy Fruit & Nut Seed Slice
Adapted from Breakfast & Brunch - Murdoch Books
makes 18 squares
200g unsalted butter
175g golden or maple syrup
125g peanut butter ( smooth or crunchy)
2 tsp natural vanilla extract
30g plain flour
30g ground almonds/almond meal
1/2 tsp mixed spice
300g (3 cups) rolled oats
2 tsp finely grated orange zest
185g soft brown sugar
45g shredded moist coconut
50g toasted sesame seeds
30g chia seeds
80g (1/2 cup) chopped dried dates
45g mixed candied peel
Preheat oven to 170'C (325'F/Gas 3). Line shallow baking pan (20x30cm) with baking paper so that the paper comes part way up the sides.
Place butter and golden ( or maple)syrup in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring until melted. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla until combined. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients, stirring well. Make a well in the centre and add the melted butter mixture. Mix with a large metal spoon until all combined and then spoon into the pan and bake for approx 25 minutes, or until golden and firm.
Cool in the pan and then cut into squares and store in an airtight container.
Do you have a favourite 'healthy' slice you like to make? If so, please share it with us below. Links welcome.