Fudgy in the middle chocolate, oats and date bars
Whats the big deal about baking? I’ll tell you what. My kids have this habit of randomly walking into the kitchen and turning off the oven in the middle of my cooking/baking. Sometimes it isn’t a big deal. Sometimes though, I have people coming round! Also once I had a roast in the oven..a 4 hour roast shoulder of lamb and I had no idea at what stage they had turned the oven off so I had to guesstimate my way through the remainder of the cooking time. I had words with them by the way and they said they thought they were helping me because my alarm had gone off which they thought signalled end of cooking time. I then had to try and think back to the other times..had an alarm gone off or not? It’s a mystery.
By the way if you don’t want to know who won this years Great British Bake Off, I suggest you avoid social media today where Prue accidentally announced the winner this morning on Twitter. Apparently Prue is abroad and got her times all mixed up. She did delete it immediately but of all people, a Sun journalist happened to see it and retweeted it promptly. Twitter has gone mad with people talking about how much time and energy they have invested in the show. I know who won and I’m over it now. I feel really sorry for Prue because i KNOW this is the kind of thing I would accidentally do.
Moving on, these bars are naturally sweetened and sooooo easy to make! There are just a handful of ingredients required and then you end up with this deliciousness. That fudgy middle is awesome!
- 210g Oats
- 190g Pecans
- 10 Medjool Dates Pitted (Pre soaked for 10 minutes if hard)
- 100g Coconut Oil
- Pinch of Salt (I used Maldon Sea Salt flakes)
- 50g Cocoa Powder
- 50g Coconut Oil, melted
- 90g Maple Syrup
- Add all the ingredients for the bars to a food processor and pulse until they start to come together.
- Press half the mixture into a lined loaf tin.
- In a small bowl combine the ingredients for the filling and whisk together. Pour into the tin and spread evenly.
- Add the remaining bar mixture on top and press down with the back of a tablespoon.
- Pop the tray into the freezer to set for 1 hour.
- Cut into 8 bars.
This recipe is adapted from The Everyday Detox Cookbook.