I like to carry snacks with me when I’m out and about. I often don’t sleep very well, and it gets in the way of day to day life, making me hungry often, fogging my mind and stupefying me a little bit. Whether you’re familiar with that particular problem or not, we all need an energy boost from time to time. Enter these little figgy banana bars – packed with oats, nuts, banana and squidgy, sticky figs. To bind it all together, I used the teeniest bit of butter (all that was left in the dish) and a couple of teaspoons of oil, melted down with some honey, which tastes great with the figs. The lemon zest brightens the whole thing up a bit. Excellent flavour combination, unless, of course, it just makes you think of a bad syrup of figs experience! Fortunately that’s not an issue for me, so I’ll be snack happy this week…
25g ground almonds
100g dried figs (use the really soft, ready to eat ones)
50g nuts (I used a mix of walnuts, almonds and sunflower seeds)
1 ripe banana
2 tsp. oil
Zest of 1 small lemon
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cardamom
Preheat the oven to 170°C.
Heat the fat and honey together on a low heat until melted. Meanwhile, put the oats, ground almonds and spices into a large mixing bowl and stir until combined.
Remove the hard stems from the figs, then roughly chop them. Chop the nuts, and mash the banana. Add to the oats, along with the melted honey mixture and lemon zest, and mix in well.
Spoon in to a prepared loaf pan (I used a silicone one for ease), and press down the top to compact down. Use a good knife to score lines for each slice, which will make cutting easier later. Bake in the middle of the oven for about 30-40 minutes, until golden brown on top. Remove from the oven and cool completely in the pan, before turning out and slicing.