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CHEESY CARROT SQUARES

It can be quite a challenge to produce snacks that are healthy, simple to make and most importantly, good to eat. I chose this month’s recipe with the new school term in mind; these savoury flapjacks make a nourishing and satisfying snack for packed lunches, and can be customised to suit your taste, by varying the type of cheese you use. You could also flavour them with paprika, chilli, caraway seeds or dried herbs.

This is also a great recipe if you have children around who like getting involved in cooking, as it’s not too complicated and provides plenty of opportunities for them to practise kitchen skills such as weighing, peeling and grating.

Once baked and cooled, these squares should be kept in the fridge in a covered container. They also freeze well.

Ingredients

  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped (optional)
  • 175g carrots
  • 150g cheddar cheese
  • 150g oats
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon marmite or soya sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (optional)

Method

Pre- heat the oven to 170⁰ Gas 4

Line an oven tray with baking parchment

Heat the oil in a frying pan and let the onion soften over a low heat, adding the garlic, if using, for the last couple of minutes

Grate the carrots and cheese and put them into a large bowl.

Add the oats, salt and pepper, and the fried onions, and combine all the ingredients thoroughly

Break the egg into a small bowl, add the marmite/soya sauce and tomato paste, and beat together with a fork. Pour into to the large bowl and use your hand to combine all the ingredients, pulling them together to form a sticky ball.

Place the mixture onto the prepared tray and press it down with your hands into an even, flat layer that reaches the edges of the tray – this is easier if you wet your hands!

Sprinkle the surface with sesame seeds, if using, and put in the oven.

Bake for 20 – 30 minutes, or until turning golden brown.

Place on a rack to cool down, and peel off the paper. Using a sharp knife, or scissors, cut into squares.

Posted in Erika’s Kitchen on Sep 01, 2022