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Golden munchy and chewy oaty squares great for morning break with a hot cuppa. Big favourite with my large family. Good to do a double batch or they won't last long!

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  • 4 oz (100g) margarine or butter
  • 4 oz (100g) demerara sugar
  • 3 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 8 oz (225g) 'quick cooking' oats


servings 12
Level of difficulty Easy
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 25mins
Cost Budget Friendly


Step 1

In a saucepan, melt margarine, sugar, golden syrup and vanilla essence. Heat gently until melted and sugar dissolved.

Step 2

Remove from heat and stir in oats until well-combined.

Step 3

Press mixture into shallow, greased 8 in. (20cm) square baking pan. Bake on 180* c for 25 minutes or until golden and firm to the touch.

Step 4

Remove from oven, cool for 5 minutes then cut into 12 squares. Leave to cool. When completely cold, loosen with a flat knife and lift each square from the pan.


For a chocolatey change, as soon as you remove pan from the oven, sprinkle with 100g chocolate dots and spread melted chocolate gently with a flat knife to cover evenly.

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