I am forever running out of the door in the mornings, desperately trying to catch my bus to work after lying in later than I should have. I have a terrible case of missing will power, and that extra few minutes in bed always seems so enticing… but it does inevitably lead to me missing breakfast at home and instead I lean towards a croissant (or two) when I get to the office.
In an effort to be healthier and still not give up those precious morning moments, I baked these Raspberry and Pine Nut bars. This is my way around having to get up earlier. It’s a tasty little bite that I can grab as I’m running out of the door in the morning that will (hopefully) save me money/health (i.e. buying croissants).
Now these bites are by no means ‘healthy’. They are adapted from a very similar recipe from BBC GoodFood. They have a healthy dose of butter and sugar in, but they are a damn sight better for me than croissants, that’s for sure. They are layered with fresh raspberries, rolled oats and pine nuts. A good all rounder I would say. But then I would say that. I’m bias.
That right there my friends, is another 10 mornings with another 10 minutes in bed each day. At least.
All my little tasty bites require are:
75g Plain Flour
125g Jordans Jumbo Rolled Oats
125g Unsalted Butter
100g Demerara Sugar
50g Pine Nuts
Zest of one Lemon
If you fancy having a go at these, you’ll have to get your hands dirty.
Roll up those sleeves, and squish together the butter, oats and flour until well mixed. Then, layer in the sugar, about three quarter of the nuts, and the lemon zest. Mix well.
Grease two loaf tins and spread about two thirds of the mix into the bottom of the tins. Layer in the raspberries. Followed by the rest of the oat mix. Top with the remaining pine nuts and squash down.
Cook at 180* for about 40 mins, or until lightly golden brown.