Recipe: Raspberry & Pine Nut Oat Bars

Raspberry & Pine Nut Bars

Fruits and oats mixed together in a dessert bar just sounded heavenly to me when I first saw the recipe for these bars in a BBC Good Food cookbook I borrowed from the library recently, so I knew I had to give this recipe a try. And I was not disappointed when I baked and tasted these beauties, in all their crunchy, fruity, crumbly glory. So, I truly recommend you give this recipe a go when you have a spare hour, you won’t be sorry.

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Ingredients
200g plain flour
200g porridge oats
250g unsalted butter, cubed and softened
175g light muscovado sugar
grated zest of 1 lemon
100g pine nuts
250g raspberries

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1. Heat the oven to 190 degrees celcius and grease a rectangular cake tin.

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2. Tip the flour, oats and butter into a mixing bowl and work together with your fingers until you get coarse breadcrumbs.

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3. Mix in the sugar, lemon zest and three quarters of the pine nuts using your hands, then press the mixture together well so it forms large, sticky clumps.

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4. Put two thirds of the mixture into the tin, spreading and pressing it down lightly.

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5. Scatter the raspberries on top of the oat mixture.

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6. Sprinkle the remaining third of the oat mixture over the raspberries and then the rest of the pine nuts, pressing down lightly.

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7. Bake for 30-35 minutes until pale golden on top and cut into 12 bars while still warm. Leave the bars to cool in the tin.

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photo credit: Lucy

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