Date & Walnut Oat Slice


Try using dried prunes or apricots instead of dates. Great for pack lunches.


  • 125g pitted dates, chopped
  • 75g unsalted butter, diced
  • 2 tbsp dark brown soft sugar
  • 100g golden syrup
  • ½ tsp LoSalt
  • 175g oats
  • 50g walnuts, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 180oC, gas mark 4. Grease and base line an 18cm square tin.
  2. Place the dates in a small bowl and pour over boiling water to cover – leave for 15 minutes then drain. Blitz with a hand held blender to give a coarse paste.
  3. Meanwhile, place the butter, sugar, syrup and LoSalt in a saucepan and heat until sugar has dissolved.
  4. To the liquid mix, stir in the oats and walnuts – press half of this into the prepared tin.
  5. Spread over the date paste.
  6. Finally, spread over the remaining oat mix, pressing down gently.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool slightly before cutting into 12 slices.