Healthy snacks - double choc fruit and nut oat bars

In the last of our series on healthy snacks we are making double choc fruit and nut oat bars which have no sugar added.  The only sugars are natural sugars from the sultanas and you may leave those out if you wish. So many recipes claim to be sugar-free but include ingredients such as honey (not a vegan ingredient), agave syrup etc which are essentially SUGAR.  The organic sugar-free vegan chocolate came from a local health food store (a great find!!) but if you can't find any substitute 2 tablespoons of cacao powder.  The only downside to not having sugar is that the bars tend to be crumbly so leave in the baking tray to cool, cut carefully and remove from the baking tray using a cake slice.  If you do get squares that crumble don't throw them away - they make a good granola or 'trail' mix to carry with you as a snack.

Double choc fruit and nut oat bars
Makes around 12

You will need
200g rolled oats 
70g rice flour
1 tsp baking powder
8g stevia
125g dairy free spread
6 squares organic vegan sugar-free choc
1 chia seed 'egg' (mix 1 tbsp chia seeds with 3 tbsp water)
70g sultanas
30g flaked almonds
50g cacao nibs

Mix the oats, rice flour and baking powder. Heat the dairy free spread and chocolate squares and add to the dry ingredients a little at a time while mixing.  Mix in the chia seed 'egg' sultanas, flaked almonds and cacao nibs.  Line a baking tray with baking parchment and press the mixture firmly in the tin.  Place in the fridge for 1/2 hour then bake at 200 degrees for around 25 minutes.  Leave to cool before cutting.

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Janet x

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