We love to come up with new healthy and homemade ways to satisfy our afternoon cake cravings. These oaty bites are our current go-to solution.
Not too sweet, a bit crunchy, but also a bit spongey – they’re somewhere between a granola bar and a fruit cake. The fruit gives a really nice tart, kind of sour edge (you want to use unsweetened dried cherries or cranberries, with no added sugar), then there are the nuts and oats for a little energy boost.
We’ve given a few alternative ingredients here to give all the variations we’ve tried and loved…
Makes approximately 20 bites or 10 bars
You will need:
- 1 cup brown rice flour OR ground almonds
- 1 cup oats
- 2 tbsp pumpkin OR chia seeds
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Pinch sea salt
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbsp quality unsalted butter OR coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup milk of choice
- 1 cup dried unsweetened cherries OR cranberries
- 1/2 cup almonds OR pecans OR a combination of the two, roughly chopped
- Grease a small baking tray that’s at least 1 inch deep. Heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4.
- In a large bowl, mix together the rice flour/ground almonds, oats, seeds, baking powder and salt.
- Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add the eggs, melted butter/coconut oil, honey/brown rice syrup and milk, and mix until just combined.
- Stir in the dried cherries/cranberries and nuts.
- Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking tray and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown on top and the cake is coming away from the edges of the tin.
- Leave to sit in the tray for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool. It’s easiest to slice when it’s cooled a little. Store in a cool place in an airtight container.
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