Well-being Bars

These are another variation on the oats-banana combination that are great for mornings when you just want to grab something and go, knowing that you are treating yourself to something both tasty and healthy. If you are dairy-free you can use vegetable spread or coconut oil instead of butter. Cherries are great for heart health and are one of the most energy-boosting fruits. You could also use blueberries in this recipe.

Makes: 6 bars

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

- 150g jumbo oats

- 2 very ripe medium bananas 

- 60g melted butter

 -60g cherries

 -60g cranberries

 -40g sunflower seeds 

 -40g pumpkin seeds

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Method:

- Preheat the oven to 200C (fan 180C, gas mark 6).

- Mix the oats, cherries, cranberries and seeds together in a bowl. Pour in the melted butter and mix in thoroughly to make sure the oats are well coated.

- On a separate plate, mash the bananas into a pulp with a fork, then add to the oat mixture and mix well.

- Spread the mixture into a 30x20cm tin and bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes.

- Once cooked, transfer to a wire rack to cool, then cut into 6 bars.

Tips

  • Press the mixture into the baking tin well to help the binding process – but not too hard or it may affect the flavour.

  • If your first batch is more crumbly than you'd like, try increasing the amount of mashed banana to moisten the mixture before baking.