These were a very quick and easy bake that I spotted in a recent issue of BBC Good Food magazine. They ticked all the boxes - super quick to make and bake, reasonably cheap to make (especially if you use frozen fruit) and fairly healthy to boot. Well, they only contain 50g of butter for the entire tray, and they've got fresh fruit and oats too so although they aren't as healthy as say, a piece of fruit, you could certainly do worse!
I adapted the recipe slightly, and as I said, I used frozen fruit. I allowed it to thaw first, before mushing it up as stated in the recipe. You can find the original recipe here.
Raspberry oat traybake
200g rolled oats
50g medium oatmeal
150g raspberries, thawed if frozen, then mashed to break them up
1/2tsp vanilla extract
75g runny honey
- Grease and line an 8" square tin (20x20cm). Preheat the oven to gas 7/220C.
- Melt the butter and honey over a gentle heat.
- Mix in the oats, oatmeal and vanilla if using.
- Spread about half of the mixture into the tin and press down.
- Spread over the raspberries and then sprinkle/spread over the remaining oat mixture.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden and crispy.
I used a mild honey, so it wasn't too obvious in flavour. I wouldn't bother adding the vanilla again, it got lost in the other flavours, although I had thought it would go well with raspberries. I think I baked mine at gas 6 rather than gas 7, but can't honestly remember, which is a pity because they were indeed browned at 12 minutes, as suggested by the recipe. Perhaps I did use gas 7 then...
I think next time I'll use more fruit because 150g only gave a very thin covering. I also used slightly more than half of the mixture to cover the base, and then sprinkled everything that was left over the top.
As you can imagine, without very much fat to hold them together they were very crumbly. Not so that you couldn't pick up a piece, but you had to be careful. I really liked them and can see them becoming quite a regular quick bake for when I can't think what else to make - they made a perfect small midmorning snack. I think they'd also be great with blackberries (though you'd have to make sure to squash them up well, and might need 200g to get a layer), or perhaps even very finely chopped stone fruit like apricots or nectarines. All sorts of possibilities!