Cake or biscuits? Ah, decisions, decisions. Well, how about something “in-between”? You know, it’s not as dinky as a biscuit, so you won’t have to go back again and again, but not as big as a cake, so you won’t feel guilty for having seconds. Clever, right? Of course I wanted something suitably seasonal and a dark bake with treacle seemed just right. To add just a little bit of “healthiness”, I decided to make it gluten free and add goji berries which are packed with antioxidants which support the immune system – something we can all benefit from during the cold and dark months. These little squares are quite filling but not overwhelming, so they’re perfect for a cosy afternoon with a hot mug of tea.


Here's what you'll need...

  • 100g shelled pistachios
  • 100g dried goji berries
  • 175g butter
  • 100g light muscovado sugar
  • 150g gluten free self-raising flour
  • 100g gluten-free oats
  • 2tsp chopped ginger
  • 3tbsp black treacle


Here's how it's done...

  • 1

    Preheat the oven to 180C. Put the pistachios into a plastic bag and bash them into pieces with a rolling pin.

  • 2

    In a large pot, melt the butter, sugar and treacle until melted.

  • 3

    Take the pot off the heat. Add the goji berries, pistachios, chopped ginger, flour and oats to the pot and stir well until all combined.

  • 4

    Spoon the mixture into the squares of the baking tray. Bake for 25 minutes.

  • 5

    Once done, take the tray out of the oven and leave to cool before serving.

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By Carole Poirot on 02.11.17

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