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oat and cherry bars on black slate plate

Healthy oat and cherry bars

A delicious recipe for healthy vegan cherry bars made using oats and bananas. Free from refined sugar.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Cake
Cuisine British
Servings 10
Calories 266 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 175 g raisins or dates soaked in hot water for 20 minutes
  • 200 g wholemeal flour or plain flour
  • 50 g oats
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 100 ml water
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or agave syrup
  • 100 ml sunflower oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • 2 ripe bananas mashed
  • 100 g frozen pitted cherries

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°C(fan)/200°C/gas mark 6. Grease and base line a 20cm square cake tin.
  • Soak 175g raisins or chopped dates in hot water for 20 minutes. Drain and blend to a paste using a high speed blender or food processor. Set aside.
  • Place 200g flour, 50g oats, ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda and 1 tsp ground cinnamon into a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
  • In a small saucepan gently heat 100ml water, 2 tbsp maple syrup and 100ml sunflower oil, stirring constantly, until well combined. Don't bring to the boil.
  • Pour the syrup mixture into the dry ingredients along with 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar. Mix well, then fold in the raisin paste and mashed bananas. Finally stir through 100g cherries.
  • Pour into the prepared cake tin and level the surface. Bake for 30-40 minutes until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes then carefully remove and cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into bars.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to three days or freeze.

Notes

Nutritional information is approximate and is intended as a guide only.

Nutrition

Calories: 266kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 4gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 70mgPotassium: 351mgFiber: 5gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 22IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg
Keyword vegan cherry cake
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