Oaty apricot crumble squares

Apricot crumble in a handy square. What’s not to love?!

These are so nice for children after school, with a glass of milk; or for sporty types after hard exercise or during long bike rides. Or just as a sometimes-bit-of-gorgeousness with a cuppa.

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 25-30 mins
Servings: 12
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 200g of porridge oats, I used jumbo ones but it regular are good too
  • 100g of plain flour
  • level teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • pinch of sea salt
  • level teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 200g butter
  • 150g soft brown sugar
  • 250g of unsulphured dried apricots, I used the Crazy Jack brand.
  • 3 dessert spoons of apricot compote, I used Bonne Maman.

Instructions

Heat the oven to 180 degrees

Melt the butter and sugar together in a heavy saucepan until the sugar has dissolved.

Mix the oats, flour, bicarb, salt and cinnamon in a large heavy bowl then add the butter and sugar and give it a thoroughly good mix. Put to one side.

To make the apricot filling tip the apricots into a blender or food processor and add the compote then whizz for a minute or two until smooth.

Now butter a 20-21cm baking dish and press half the oat mixture all over the base, hard, so it really compacts. Then add the apricot mix and spread it all over the oat base. Top with the rest of the oat mix and give it all a very very firm press down.

Bake it on a low or middle shelf for 25-30 mins until golden brown.

Leave to cool for 15 mins before cutting into squares.

Nutrition Info

Oats

Oats are particularly high in manganese which is great for healthy bone formation, healthy skin and helping to control blood sugar. Oats are a wholegrain, that means the good stuff hasn’t been removed. Wholegrains are an important source of B vitamins and fibre.

Oats are a great source of the soluble fibre called beta-glucan. That’s what makes porridge kinda viscous and it stays quite viscous as it passes through you, sweeping up any excess cholesterol as it goes. A happy gut is at the heart of good health!

Oats do a special thing – as they pass through your intestine their bulk presses against its muscly walls. It presses back in response and by doing so its muscles get stronger. Oats are literally like a sparring partner for your digestive tract!

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Portion Guidelines

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