World Diabetes Day 14/11

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is marked every year on the 14th of November, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922.

WDD is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public and political spotlight.

The theme for WDD 2020 is ‘The Nurse and Diabetes’. The campaign aims to raise awareness around the crucial role that nurses play in supporting people living with diabetes.

Recipe – Date And Muesli Slice

This delicious snack made of dates, apples, muesli and spice is a lovely little morsel to enjoy with a hot cup of tea or coffee. Full of fruit and fibre this little treat is a great alternative to many packaged biscuits.You can make a batch and freeze them, they make great lunch box snacks or are perfect for when visitors pop in.

Nutritional Information

Serves: 8
Low Fat
Per serving
Energy: 383kJ
Protein: 1.6g
Total fat: 1.7g
Saturated fat: 0.4g
Carbohydrates: 16.7g
Sodium: 14mg


  • Oil – olive spray
  • 2 medium apples
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup of margarine
  • 2 cups of dates – seeded
  • 2 cups of muesli – natural
  • 1/2 cup of flour – plain
  • 1/2 cup of flour – wholemeal plain
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan forced)
  2. Lightly spray a slice tin (approx. 25 x 30 cm) with oil
  3. Add coarsely grated apple (core removed but skin on), water, margarine and dates to a small saucepan and bring to the boil
  4. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for a further 5 minutes until the apple is soft
  5. Cook uncovered for a further 5 minutes and stir occasionally until mixture thickens to a paste-like consistency
  6. While the apple and date mixture is cooking, place muesli in a large fry pan. Stir over low heat for 5 minutes until lightly browned
  7. Sift flours into a large bowl, returning husk (valuable bran fibre) remaining in the sieve to the bowl
  8. Add cinnamon and muesli to the flours and mix to combine
  9. Stir into the date mixture then spoon into prepared tin
  10. Bake for 20 minutes until firm
  11. Cool in tin before cutting into 32 pieces.

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