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Oaty Fruit and Honey Squares with an Apple and Apricot Topping

Simple and quick to make, these oaty bites satisfy any mid afternoon craving for something sweet without you feeling too naughty!

Perfect with a cup of coffee.

Makes 18 Squares

175g Any dried fruit or combination of – such as sultanas, raisins, dates or apricots

5 tbsp clear honey

2 tbsp lemon juice

100g plain flour

150ml water

1/2 tsp mixed spice

110g self raising flour

6 tbsp sugar

150g oats

200g butter

2 apples cut into small pieces

6 tbsp water

4 tbsp apricot jam

1. Mix the fruit, honey, lemon juice and water in a pan. Heat gently and boil for a couple of minutes, stirring constantly. Leave to cool.

2. Sieve in the plain flour to the fruit mix a little at a time, ensuring that the mixture still remains moist.

3. Put the self-raising flour in a bowl, mix in the spice, sugar, oats and melted butter until well combined.

4. Spoon half of the oat mixture into a greased 18cm square tin. Press the mixture down with a metal spoon.

5. Spread the fruit mixture over the top and finish with the remaining oaty mixture, pressing evenly over the surface with a spoon.

6. Bake at 190c/375F for 25 mins or until golden brown.

7. Cool in the tin and then cut into 18 squares.

8. Simmer the water and the apples in a pan until the apples turn soft. Add the jam and bring to the boil stirring constantly to thicken.

9. Top each of the squares with the apple and apricot glaze.

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