Perfect lunchbox food – oat and raisin squares!

Not quite a flapjack, but full of yummy oats – these oat and raisin squares are moist and sweet and you’ll love them!  Plus they are perfect for you and your loved ones for an after lunch treat providing lots of slow releasing energy throughout the afternoon!
1 cup or small bowl raisins soaked in apple juice (preferably for a few hours, but can leave for half an hour if pushed for time)
300 g oats
300 g self raising flour
1tsp baking powder
300 ml olive oil (cooking olive oil, not extra virgin)
300 ml water (you can substitute partially for the apple juice used to soak the raisins to add a lovely apple flavour and extra sweetness to the oat and raisin squares)
200g sugar
3 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well with a wooden spoon
2. Spread out fairly thickly on 2 baking stones or trays lined with greaseproof paper
3. Cook in the oven for 30-40 mins at 180 degrees C
4. Allow to cool, then cut into squares.
5. Once cooled completely store in an air tight cake tin/ biscuit tin
It feels so good to make these.  Instead of buying bags of crisps, biscuits or plastic wrapped cereal bars, I simply put them in the lunchbox with our sandwiches and avoid all the unnecessary plastic waste which comes with shop bought lunchbox snacks!  You control the ingredients and can lower the sugar levels if you choose – there are no preservatives and they haven’t been sitting on a shelf for months!  They are fresh,  homemade  and something you can feel proud of all week.  This produces a lot of oat and raisin squares, so it may be worth halving this recipe if you don’t have 2-3 people available to eat them all week long! 
What is your favourite lunchbox treat?  I’d love to hear your ideas!
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