A healthy, satisfying snack.


  • 150 g reduced-fat butter (i am going to try oil) plus extra for greasing
  • 150 g ready-to-eat, soft (stoned dates)
  • 3 tblsp apple juice
  • 30 g toasted sunflower seeds (finely chopped)
  • 100 g ready-to-eat dried apricots (finely chopped)
  • 225 g porridge oats


  • Preheat the oven to 190°C/fan170°C (gas 5). Grease and line a shallow 17.5cm-square tin with baking paper.
  • Put the dates and apple juice in a food processor and whizz until smooth.
  • Add the oil or butter to a large pan and heat slowly. Add the date purée and all the other ingredients. Stir well, then press into the tin with damp hands. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until just golden.
  • Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes. Cut into squares in the tin. Cool completely before turning out and cutting again to separate.