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Fruity oatmeal squares (with gluten-free option)

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Categories: Allergy-Free, Kid-friendly, Lunchbox, Party Snacks, Sweet
Type: Desserts and Baked Goods

These sweet, golden squares are full of dried fruit and other good things. A great snack with a cup of tea or in a lunch box, they keep your energy levels up without ruining your appetite.

Prep Time: 15M

Cooking Time: 25M

Serves: makes 16

Ingredients:

Egg & nut free

  • scant 1/2 cup butter or margarine, plus extra for the baking pan
  • 2 tbsp raw sugar
  • 2 generous tbsp light corn syrup
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp apple pie spice
  • 3 tbsp golden raisins
  • 3 tbsp raisins
  • 3 tbsp dried apricots, chopped

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Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Butter a 7 × 11 inch baking pan.
  2. Melt the butter or margarine with the sugar and syrup in a large saucepan.
  3. Stir in all the remaining ingredients.
  4. Transfer the mixture to the baking pan and press out firmly into the corners, using the back of a wet spoon. Bake in the center of the oven for about 25 minutes or until a rich golden brown. Check after 20 minutes to ensure the edges are not getting too brown.
  5. Let cool slightly then cut into 16 squares. Cool completely in the pan then remove and store in an airtight container.

Variations

Dairy free also egg & nut free: Follow the recipe for Egg & nut free, but substitute dairy-free spread for the butter or ordinary margarine.

Gluten free also egg & nut free: Follow the recipe for Egg & nut free, but substitute millet or quinoa flakes for the oats.

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Excerpted from Allergy-Free Cookbook.
Copyright © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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