We might not be running out the door to get to work, but that doesn’t mean our mornings are free to whip up restaurant-standard brunches. Instead, try batch making these oat and seed bars to grab first thing.
They’re chock-full of nuts and seeds that contain vitamin E, helpful for cell renewal that results in stronger muscles and glowing skin, and high fibre oats and dates (for less glamorous reasons). A simple recipe, but we’d say it’s five star worthy.
MAKES 10 SLICES
Flavourless oil, for greasing
100g pitted dates
2 tablespoons chia seeds
200ml hot water
80g nut butter
150g mixed seeds
Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan.
Grease the base and sides of an 18cm square brownie tin and line with baking parchment.
Soak the dates and chia seeds in the hot water for 10 to 15 minutes, until they get nice and plump and the liquid has cooled down.
Blend the dates and chia seeds and their soaking water with the nut butter to make a smooth paste.
Mix this paste with the remaining ingredients and press into the lined tin with the back of a spoon.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and it feels firm when pressed.
Cut into slices while still warm and in its baking tin, but allow to cool completely before turning out.
IMAGE: Susan Bell
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Chloe Gray is the senior writer for stylist.co.uk's fitness brand Strong Women. When she's not writing or lifting weights, she's most likely found practicing handstands, sipping a gin and tonic or eating peanut butter straight out of the jar (not all at the same time).