Oh Oats, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways….
Generally, I’d say it’s too close to call whether porridge or flapjacks are my favourite oaty incarnation, but these might just push the vote. The dark chocolate and ginger stop them from being too sickly for an adult palate, while the creamy oats and the butter stop them from being too bitter for a child.
I tend to make them as an indulgent breakfast-bar for when I’m travelling – we take a lot of long trips in the car with horribly early starts, so it’s nice to be able to just get up and go without having to think about doing the pots before we set off. And at 10p a shot, they’re cheaper and a lot tastier than anything you’d find in a service station – more sustaining too, so you’re not still hungry for more treats afterwards.
To make these lovelies, you need:
400g oats – 30p for Tesco Value
1 pack of butter – 86p for Tesco Value
100g caster sugar – 13p (9p from Aldi)
1/2 bar of plain chocolate – 15p (30p for one bar of Tesco Value)
A good tsp ginger – approx 5p (Tesco Value is 85p for 80g)
If you have a bit of space in your budget, you can add some raisins or seeds to this too – it just adds some interest to the texture.
Total cost: £1.49 – I got 16 squares out of this recipe, making it just under 10p per serving.
Cakes are a bit funny though – some people have more of a sweet tooth than others, and so decent portion sizes vary accordingly… I have often been tempted to just cut the slab in half for Daughter and I.
Melt the butter, sugar and chocolate together in a pan. Stir in the oats and ginger. Press out in a baking tray and pop into the oven for 25 minutes at 180C. The harder part comes now – cut into squares while they’re still warm and leave to cool. That part’s vital. If you try to eat them warm – tempting as that is – they’ll crumble into a big oaty mess and you’ll basically just be eating the mixture.
If – like I have on so many occasions – you fail at this stage and end up with a tray full of chocoaltey oats, don’t throw them out. Sprinkle them over plain yogurt, on ice cream, over stewed pears as a crumble… In fact, make two batches and do all those things anyway, because they’re all delicious.
— Farn ❤