It's quick, it's dead-easy and it's terribly addictive.
The source? Try my Yr 7 home economics textbook. Sure it's full of hokey recipes for fruit skewers and celery boats, but the oaty date recipe is definitely a keeper. It's been referred to so much, it now opens naturally at this page.
In last-minute cravings using bare cupboards, I've made this without using dates which still works well. The dates add quite a bit of sweetness, so if you like your slice a little less sweet, I'd halve the amount. This is a recipe for twelve-year-olds. You can't go wrong!
Oaty Date Slice
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup self-raising flour
1/2 cup raw sugar
2 tablespoons coconut
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup dates, chopped
Combine oats, flour, sugar and coconut.
Heat dates, butter and honey in a saucepan, stirring until dates are soft.
Pour butter mixture over dry ingredients and mix well.
Press firmly into a greased shallow tin.
Bake in a moderate oven at 180C for 15-20min (leave longer if you like it sweet and crispy--I cooked mine for about 40min).
Cut into bars while hot and remove from tin when cold.
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