Caramel & date granola slice
Ready in 1 hour plus soaking time for dates | Makes 12 pieces
BASE AND CRUMBLE 1 cup flour ¼ cup pistachios ½ cup shredded or desiccated coconut 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp cinnamon ¼ cup sunflower seeds ½ cup oats ¼ cup maple syrup 150g butter, melted FILLING 2 apples ½ cup dates, soaked in boiling water for a few hours or overnight 1 Tbsp maple syrup 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 Tbsp flour 1 cup coconut milk
1 (Soak dates for filling at least 2 hours ahead.) Preheat oven to 180°C. Line an 18cm x 28cm slice tin with baking paper.
2 Mix all dry crumble ingredients in a bowl. Add maple syrup and stir through until evenly combined.
3 Pour in butter and mix through; you might need to use your hands to bring it all together. Transfer about two-thirds to tin (reserve the rest) and press into base to form an even layer with no holes.
4 Bake for 15-20 minutes or until base is golden around the edges. Meanwhile, core apples and slice thinly.
5 For the caramel sauce filling, drain dates and add to a food processor along with maple syrup, vanilla, flour and coconut milk. Blitz until well combined.
6 Remove slice base from oven. Let cool slightly, then arrange apple over base. Spread caramel sauce on top and sprinkle with reserved crumble. Bake for another 15-20 minutes or until crumble is golden.
7 Cool in tin, then slice. Store in an airtight container in fridge.