Measuring Up

I know that January is almost over, but I am still optimistically (desperately) hanging on to my resolutions (delusions) of improved health and well being.  This feels all the more urgent because my diet at the moment seems to consist mainly of butter, egg yolks and cream.  My waistline is in serious peril.  But more on that in a later post.

My problem is snacking.  I can’t have breakfast at 7.30 in the morning and wait until 1pm for lunch.  I’ll keel over.  I need something that hits the spot, preferably with a bit of carbohydrate to keep me going.  I know I should probably have some protein, but that just doesn’t do it for me, no matter what the nutrition police say.   These oat, orange and prune bars are soft, squidgy and hearty yet butter, wheat and sugar free (well, just a tiny bit of honey to sweeten- adjust to your taste).  So they do the job in my book.  

Oat, Orange and Prune Bars

You will need:

170g oats
1 orange- zest and fruit of
10 prunes, chopped
3-5 tbsp honey
60 ml vegetable oil
150ml Greek yogurt
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt


1.  Preheat the oven to 175 C.

2.  Mix together oats, orange zest and pulpy flesh, prunes, desired amount of honey, oil and yogurt with the salt and cinnamon until you have a very thick batter.

3.  Smooth this into a lined baking dish.  Push down any bits of exposed prune and bake for 30-40 min until just set.  Cool before cutting into rectangles.  Sprinkle with a little sugar should you wish.