When you think oats I’m sure breakfast automatically pops into your head. However another place I use oats a lot is in healthier baking. Oats make a great switch for more refined ingredients since they are a wholegrain product and provide fibre, helping to maintain a healthy digestive system. Wholegrains also contain antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, lignans and phytonutrients.
Oats also provide a nice texture and chew in baking. For a healthier sweet treat, I’ve created delicious a raw oaty chocolate peanut butter slice using the new UNCLE TOBYS Ancient Grains Oats which also contains rye, millet and quinoa.
This recipe for oaty chocolate peanut butter slice is quick and easy to make – perfect for a spot of weekend baking (or should I say unbaking since no cooking is required!).
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Recipe: Oaty chocolate peanut butter slice
½ cup dates (well packed)
1 cup boiling water
¾ cup UNCLE TOBYS Ancient Grains Oats
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/3 cup cashews
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tablespoons cocoa
3-4 tablespoons peanut butter
50g dark chocolate
In a small pot, boil the dates and water together for 5 minutes. Drain really well. Place the dates, chia seeds, oats, cashews, vanilla, cocoa and first measure of peanut butter in a food processor and process until combined.
Take half the oaty mixture and press into a small 18 x 14cm lined tin. Spread over the peanut butter. Sprinkle the remainder oat mixture over the top and press down firmly with the back of a spoon or clean fingers.
Place in fridge for 20 minutes or until set then cut into thin pieces. Melt the chocolate and drizzle on top and sprinkle with some extra oats if desired. Store in the fridge for 3-4 days. This can also be frozen and tastes delicious eaten straight from the freezer.
This post was made possible thanks to Nestlé and the UNCLE TOBYS Team