My lovely partner has the appetite (and youthful good looks - in my opinion) of a teenager. He eats his weight in both bananas and peanut butter on toast. Good snacks are important to fuel him through the day. Yesterday I made these oatmeal, sesame and raisin bars for him to take to work.

These bars are a nutritious, tasty combination of oats, raisins, sesame and sunflower seeds and a banana for sweetness. I used flaxseeds to help keep the mixture together instead of egg so these are vegan friendly.

My love is not one to eat something just because it's good for him. These well and truly passed the taste test too. 

Happy snacking! x



2 cups oats - rolled or whole

1 mashed banana

3/4 cup dates - soaked for 10 minutes in hot water if not using medjool

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup sesame seeds

1/2 cup raisins / sultanas

1 heaped Tbsp linseeds / flaxseeds

1/4 cup coconut oil or butter - melted

1/4 cup water

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp mixed spice

Pre heat oven to 175 degrees celcius (360 fahrenheit)

Place dates and banana in food processor. Blitz until you have a rough puree. 

Add sunflower seeds and combine well. 

Add in remaining ingredients and process until well combine. Taste test if you like and adjust spices. 

Line a smallish slice tin with baking paper. 

Press the mixture into the tin evenly and smooth top with the back of a spoon. 

Sprinkle with sesame seeds (optional) 

Bake for roughly 35 minutes until cooked through and golden.

Enjoy x