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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. Stir in the chopped, dried fruit and quickly smoosh into a greased brownie pan.
  5. Squoosh it down really well and then pop it back in the oven at 300 for about 30 minutes.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

bird food

bird food

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