Indy Power's guilt-free quick and easy oaty raisin slices
Published 16/10/2016 | 02:30
These spicy oaty raisin slices can be whipped up in no time - the perfect guilt-free treat
Cinnamon Raisin Slice
These are the best when you need something satisfying and sweet. Cinnamon and raisins are a classic combination and they taste so amazing with the crunchy walnuts and soft oats. The mixture of honey and coconut sugar for sweetness means they're chewy with a little crisp - just perfection. You can whip these up in minutes and they'll be gone just as fast.
Makes 9. Gluten-free and dairy-free
175g of gluten-free oats
75g of walnuts
50g of raisins
2 tsp of cinnamon
60ml of melted coconut oil
4 tbsp of honey
2 tbsp of coconut sugar
1 tsp of vanilla essence
1 tbsp of water
Preheat oven to 180°C. Add the gluten-free oats to a large bowl. Roughly chop the walnuts and add them to the bowl with the raisins and cinnamon. Mix well.
In a small saucepan on medium heat, combine the melted coconut oil, honey, coconut sugar, vanilla essence, water and a pinch of coarse salt. Let it bubble, whisk well and then take it off the heat.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix well.
Line a baking tin with parchment paper and then press the mixture very firmly into the tin. Bake at 180°C for about 20 minutes until golden.
Leave to cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.
Porridge. Oats are an ingredient I use all the time, in all sorts of ways, but my favourite way to have them is still the classic — in a warming bowl of porridge. There’s nothing more comforting, especially as we come in to the winter months. They’re a great way to start the morning, packed with fibre and slow-release carbohydrates to fuel you for the day. I make mine with a mixture of water and coconut milk, which is full of healthy fats and makes it super creamy. It’s so good I often have it for dessert rather than breakfast. For my favourite recipe check out thelittlegreenspoon.com
Oh honey honey
Honey is one of my favourite natural sweeteners and a great alternative to sugar in baking. Raw honey is full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and has such a gorgeous natural flavour. Raw means that it’s totally unheated, unpasteurised and unprocessed, making it more nutritious than regular store-bought honeys. Raw honey is a natural antibacterial and antiseptic and Manuka honey in particular helps to fight some antibiotic-resistant infections like MRSA and is great for a sore throat. Raw honey can also be used on the skin to help heal and protect wounds, as a moisturising face wash and to soothe rashes. If you can, it’s best to buy local raw honey, so keep an eye out at farmers’ markets and independent shops.