Oats Break

Give your family a healthy oats break with Simran Dhanju’s flavoursome, make-ahead recipes

 Cranberry Oats Bars


  • 2 cups, rolled oats (small)
  • ½ cup self-rising flour
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • ¼ cup raw sugar
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup unsalted pistachios
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup water
  • 2tbsp honey/maple syrup (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 170˚ C. Grease 9”x 6” baking pan with butter.
  2. Mix all the above ingredients in a bowl and pour in prepared pan, press it down with a spatula to flatten it. Bake in pre-heated oven for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven, while still hot, put cuts with a serrated knife to divide them into 14 rectangular bars. Let cool in the pan and store them in an airtight container.


Oat Bran Peanut Butter Cookies


  • 1 cup oat bran
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • ¾ cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 50g salted butter
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup raw sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten


  1. In a mixer bowl, cream together butter, peanut butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time to the mixer and beat well for 2 minutes.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix all dry ingredients (oat bran, plain flour, salt and baking soda); add them to the wet ingredients and blend together until well combined and formed a dough.
  3. Now, divide the dough into equal portions and form 20 balls of it. Place them 2” apart on a cookie sheet or lined baking tray, press gently with your palm and put impression with the back of a fork.
  4. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180˚C for 20 minutes. Leave to cool on the tray.
  5. Store for weeks in an airtight jar.




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