Date & Walnut Oat Slice

Prep:20 minutes plus soaking

Cook:20-25 minutes


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.