Serves: 18 (makes 18 medium)
Time to make: 20 mins
Total cost: $3.30 / $0.18 per serve
100g reduced-fat spread
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/3 cup chocolate chips (I prefer dark)
1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/4 cup chopped nuts (I use a mixture of walnuts and cashews)
1/2 cup wholemeal flour
1/2 cup white flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
Step 1 Set the oven to 180ºC.Cream spread and sugar together in a bowl until thick, light and creamy; add vanilla and mix through. Add chocolate chips, dried apricots and nuts; mix well. Add sifted flours (return husks from wholemeal flour to the bowl), oats and baking powder and mix until well combined.
Step 2 Lightly grease a large oven tray (I use oil spray for this). Roll the crumbly mixture into balls – it’s quite a crumbly mixture but it will come together – and arrange on a tray, allowing space for mixture to spread. Press down with a fork, holding onto the sides of the ball to prevent it crumbling.
Step 3 Cook for around 10 minutes or until lightly browned on top but still soft in the middle. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the tray before removing to a wire rack.