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February 22, 2015 / mintcustard

Chocolate cranberry oat bars

Chocolate cranberry oat bars.

Chocolate cranberry oat bars.

Apparently the biscuit tin is empty. It isn’t but the biscuits in there are “boring”. So I need to make something to keep the teen happy whilst she does some revision.

Something with oats for energy, fruit because I’m a mum and that’s what I do and chocolate as a treat. So these chocolate cranberry oat bars were born. I used orange juice to make the icing and perhaps next time might plump the cranberrys up with them before baking too. All round a fairly healthy treat. And at least the biscuit tin will be full for a few moments. This is a twist on one of my mum’s recipes so it is in old school measures, but I prefer it that way.

Chocolate cranberry oat bars

4oz Marg or butter

4 heaped tbsp flour (plain)

4 heaped tbsp oats

2 heaped tbsp sugar

1 heaped tbsp dried cranberries

1 dessert spn cocoa

pinch salt

Melt fat in saucepan, add sugar, flour, oats and cocoa.

Mix together, stir in the cranberries and press into greased or lined 6 x 12 tin.

Bake 15 to 20 mins, 350f 180c reg 4

Cool and make the icing

Icing

4 heaped tbsp icing sugar

1 dessert spoon cocoa.

Mix with neat orange juice, spread over the oat bars

Scatter with more dried cranberries.

Cut into squares when cold.

I think these would make an ideal traybake for a Red nose day bake sale.

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