Nature’s Candy Bars
March 15, 2008 § Leave a comment
Matt and I are both attempting to up our levels of healthy for the summer. We do OK as is, I suppose, both mainly vegetarians who eat fish and I cook pretty much every meal. We’re organic conscious and try to keep up a varied diet. But there are always naughty things that sneak in and all we’re trying to do is replace bad naughty with good naughty…as there’s not a whole lot of point to a life with no naughty at all! So this morning I baked up some snacks too keep around for healthy munching. They’re a made up version of what could best be described as Granola Bars.
Here’s what I had in the cupboards:
- 2 cups of oats
- 1/2 cup Irish Oatmeal
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup chopped raw almonds
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup oat flour
- 3/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 of a stick unsalted butter
- 2 cups of mixed dried fruit (I used prunes, apple, apricots, pears, cranberries and raisins, all chopped up)
What to do:
- I spread out all the oats, oatmeal, nuts, seeds and flour on a tray and baked them at 350 F for about 10-15 minutes.
- Whilst this is toasting nicely, combine the honey, sugar, lemon juice, vanilla extract, salt and butter in a pan and heat gently until it makes a big, runny, goopy mess. Delish.
- When the oats are done, remove the pan from the heat and quickly add the oats into the syrup (TIP: I found the best way to do this was to put a piece of foil down under the oat mixture, then I was able to fold it and pour the oats out without tipping them all over my stove top).
- Stir in the chopped, dried fruit and quickly smoosh into a greased brownie pan.
- Squoosh it down really well and then pop it back in the oven at 300 for about 30 minutes.
- When it’s done, let it cool almost completely in the pan, tipping it out just before it’s totally cold. You might just need to leave it sat upside down on a chopping board for a minute or two, but it should slide out nicely. Then chop it up into bars, you can choose the size depending on how large of a snack you like to nibble on.
- Relax. Enjoy!
My Grandad would probably refer to these as bird food. In that case, I’m a very happy little bird. With some yummy granola bars in my tummy.