This can be kept wrapped in the parchment paper and another layer of tin foil for up to 2 days or it can be frozen in slices in a suitable airtight container for up to 1 month.

Ingredients

Makes: 12 slices

For Women: Makes 12 slices (1 slice per serving and each slice contains approximately 100 kcal – only have one slice or 1 oaty banana bread bun or fruit 'n' nut bar a day)

For Men: Makes 12 slices (1 slice per serving plus 1 small piece of fruit contains approximately 200 kcal – only have one slice or fruit ‘n’ nut bar or oaty banana bread bun with a piece of fruit a day)

  • 235g porridge oats
  • 20g brown sugar (preferably light or dark muscovado) 
  • 15g ground flaxseed (you will find this in the health food section of most large supermarkets or chemists)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder (7.5g)
  • 1 ½ ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (1.25g)
  • 1 egg
  • 130g apple compote (shop-bought with no added sugar or salt, or see recipe link)
  • 240ml low fat milk (1.5% fat)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (5g)
  • 90g blueberries

Method

Preheat the oven to 160C / 325F / gas mark 3. Line a 22.5cm x 32.5cm baking tin with parchment paper.

Place the oats in a large bowl with the sugar, flaxseed, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Using a wooden spoon, stir until evenly mixed. 

Put the egg, apple compote, vanilla extract and milk in a jug and beat with a fork to combine.

Make a well in the centre of the oat mixture and then pour in the egg mixture. Then using as few stirs as possible mix everything together. The more you mix it the tougher the mixture will become. Finally fold in the blueberries.

Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed and the oats are tender and lightly golden. To test, insert a skewer or toothpick into the centre of a square and it should come out clean. The square will also smell cooked and be springy to the touch. Leave to cool completely in the tin and then cut into 12 even-sized squares.

Arrange a bake berry square on a plate with a piece of fruit to serve.