Apple, Oat and Pecan Bars (Makes 12)
I've been reading Michael Pollan's Food Rules: An Eater's Manual. At it's core are three simple rules: eat natural food, not too much and mostly plants. Outside of that there are lots of other guidelines for eating well without being too faddy or obsessive. One of them was that if you have to east snacks between meals then it's probably best to eat ones that you've made yourself. This is one of my favourites.
2 eating apples (cored, roughly chopped but not peeled)
150g butter (softened)
150g soft brown sugar
50g porridge oats
200g self-raising flour
50g pecans (plus 12 for topping)
1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease the sides of a Swiss roll tin (23 x 30cm) with butter and line the base with baking paper.
2. Place the apples in a food processor and briefly pulse until in small bits (or just cut into very small bits with a knife/herb chopper).
3. Pour apples into a bowl. Add the sugar and butter and cream together until well mixed. Add rest of the ingredients and mix well.
4. Tip the mixture into the tin and place the pecans put aside on top in an even grid.
5. Bake for 25-30 minutes until risen and golden. Remove from oven to leave to cool completely.
6. When cool, cut into 12 bars (each with a pecan on top) and remove from tin.