by Jennifer Clark
You will also need a non stick baking tin measuring approximately 10 x 6 inches. Grease this well with either a little oil or butter. Heat your oven to around 375 degrees F.
This will make between twelve to sixteen portions, depending on your appetite.
It is delicious served warm, straight from the oven, with cream or ice-cream, or can equally be served cold as more of a healthier flapjack type snack.
This can be made with virtually any fruit or spice you choose, so experiment with combinations. For instance, think about exchanging the plums for rhubarb and the cinnamon for ginger. The rhubarb can be stewed a little beforehand or left raw for a more wholesome texture. You could even try it with blueberries or other soft seasonal or frozen fruits and mix these with nutmeg or mixed spices.
You could try switching the soft brown sugar for caster sugar, which will give the oat mixture a lighter and more cake-like taste and texture, but the brown sugar does give a lovely, rich toffee-ish taste to the mixture, which most people seem to love. It’s also a sugar which is far less refined than caster sugar so many people find they often need less of it in their recipes to get a good flavor.
The only thing that really needs to be kept constant is the oat and flour mixture. This is actually a very healthy snack for anytime during the day, or an after dinner dessert as it contains a wholesome mixture of the finest oats and good quality wholemeal flour, as well as a portion of fruit in every slice. Oats have long been known for their ability to keep blood sugar stable and cravings for sweet foods at bay. They are also renowned for helping to lower cholesterol as part of a healthy balanced diet. When mixed with the wholemeal flour for the base they provide an excellent source of fiber, which will help to keep you fuller and sustained for longer. The fruit gives a natural sweetness without adding too many calories and believe it or not, the cinnamon has one of the same benefits as the oats too, as it is a spice that helps to keep blood sugar stable and cravings for sweet food under control.