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Apple, apricot and sultana squares recipe

Perfect for packed lunches and picnics, and a tasty treat with a cup of tea too!

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Makes 16 squares

Nutritional information

Per square:

  • 560kJ / 134kcal
  • 2.5g protein
  • 17.9g carbohydrate, of which 7.5g sugars
  • 5.4g fat, of which 1.9g saturates
  • 1.7g fibre
  • 0.1g salt
Baked oat squares with piece of apple and apricot, and sultanas embedded


  • 100g lower-fat spread
  • 4 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 250g high-fibre porridge oats
  • 1 apple, cored and chopped into small chunks
  • 50g ready-to-eat apricots, chopped
  • 50g sultanas or raisins (or a mixture)
  • half a teapsoon ground mixed spice (optional)
  • 1 egg, beaten


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C (fan 160C, gas mark 4). Grease a 23cm (9-inch) shallow square cake tin with a little reduced-fat spread, then line the base with baking parchment or greaseproof paper.

  2. Melt the remaining spread in a large saucepan with the golden syrup. Take care that the mixture doesn't get too hot.

  3. Remove the pan from the heat and add the porridge oats, apple, apricots, sultanas (or raisins) and mixed spice (if using). Stir well.


    If you have a microwave, you can melt the spread and golden syrup in a large microwave-safe bowl for 40 to 50 seconds on high, then add the remaining ingredients as above.

  4. Add the beaten egg and mix well again.

  5. Tip the mixture into the prepared tin and level the surface. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until firm.

  6. Cool in the tin for about 20 minutes, then cut into 16 squares.


    Store in an airtight container for up to a week, or freeze for up to 3 months.

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