I am always thinking of ways to use pears, they are often left alone and abandoned in the fruit bowl. I also avoid buying flapjacks or energy bars because they are cheap and easy to make yourself. I based this recipe on my Banana, Oat & Date Flapjacks I made a while back. But this time I reduced the coconut oil by a lot, it doesn’t need it because the pears are so juicy this holds together well enough. In fact, I just added a few tablespoons of oil at the end and combined with my hands without melting first. It worked just fine. This took me a few minutes to make after the pears were stewed. Easy, cheap and very kid-friendly. In fact, get them to help you!
Preparation Time: about 15 minutes
Keeping Time: best stored in the fridge and eaten within 7 days.
Makes 8-10 bars
- 3 medium pears
- 150g gluten free oats ( or regular if you aren’t GF )
- 150g dates
- 1/2 cup ground almonds
- 2 drops almond essence ( optional )
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon coconut butter
- Preheat your oven to 180C.
- Cover the dates with water, soak while cooking pears.
- Peel and slice the pears. Place in a saucepan and cover with water, cook until nice and soft. Drain water and mash well. Set aside.
- Drain dates, then process in a food processor with a little water until it forms a paste. If you don’t have a food processor, just dice finely.
- Combine all ingredients and mix well.
- Spread into a sponge roll tin or similar.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes at 180C or until just golden.
- Allow to cool and cut into even bars.