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Seed & date oat bars

Date and seed oat bars

I created this recipe when I was looking for a healthy alternative to flapjack without too much refined sugar. The combination of dates and banana give it plenty of sweetness and also binds the oats sufficiently without the need for additional butter or oil – making this ‘accidentally’ vegan too! All the ingredients can be bought from the True Food refill section. Once cooked these keep well for at least a week in an airtight container and are great for snacking on the go or lunchboxes!


  • 200g True Food organic fine porridge oats
  • 100g True Food organic mixed seeds
  • 150g True Food organic dates
  • 100ml water
  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon


  1. Add the dates, cinnamon, water and banana to a food processor and blend to a smooth paste. Empty into a roomy mixing bowl
  2. Add the seeds and mix well, before adding the oats and mixing until they are completely coated in the date paste.
  3. Tip the mixture into a baking tin/tray and smooth it down with the back of a spatula so that it is evenly spread into a layer about 1cm thick – it is important to keep it relatively thin so that the oats cook through.
  4. Bake at 160 degrees for about 50 minutes, until the top has browned slightly and it looks completely dried out.
  5. Leave to cool and slice into squares or bars. Store in an airtight container.