There is a stream of (rather miserable!) television programmes and news articles hitting our screens about the high levels of added sugar in our diets. New health regulations suggest that we should be eating way less sugar than we are but this is nearly impossible- it's hidden in nearly everything! I just aim to substitute some of the artificial sugars in my food for healthier, natural sweeteners. The date syrup in these energy bars is a delicious natural sweetener, a new obsession of mine and perfect drizzled on top of porridge.
100g butter/coconut oil
40g date syrup
2 bananas, mashed
Large handful of golden linseed flaxseed
Melt the date syrup and butter/coconut oil in a small saucepan. Stir in the porridge oats, finely chopped dates, 2 very mashed bananas and a good handful of golden linseed. You could also add in some chopped walnuts or pecans or some sultanas and raisins if you fancy. Spoon the mixture into a grease and lined small baking tin.
Bake in the preheated oven at 200 degrees C for about 15-20 minutes until golden. Once baked, remove from the oven, allow to cool slightly and then chop with a sharp knife into equal-sized bars.