Friday, 31 January 2014

Cinnamon and berry granola bars

I have had this recipe in my notebook for years and have made it many times, somehow it never made its way to the blog- probably because it is always eaten by my family so quickly, I can never take pictures! You can make those bars with anything you like: apricots, dried figs, hazelnuts or even chocolate chips.  Recipe is very easy and so delicious and…. kind of healthy too!

If you want your granola bars to be gluten-free, make sure the oats were not handled in a contaminated environment.

Ingredients (makes 10-12):

  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 200g porridge oats
  • 150g mixed seeds (I used sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds and pine nuts)
  • 50g chopped pecan nuts
  • 3tbsp honey
  • 100g light brown sugar
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 100g dried cranberries
Place the butter, honey and sugar in a small saucepan over low heat until melted.  Stir quickly to combine.

In a large bowl place all remaining ingredients and mix until seeds, berries and nuts are distributed evenly.

Pour the hot mixture over dry ingredients and mix well, until all ingredients are well coated.  It might look as if there is not enough butter and honey- but there is.  Keep mixing until you can't see any more dry bits.

Press the mixture firmly into a lined 20cm square tin, you need to do this well, otherwise the bars will crumble when you try to cut them. 

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 160C for about 30 minutes.

Cut the top of the granola (to about 3/4 deep, not right to the bottom) into bars, then leave in the tin to cool completely.  When cooled cut, this time right to the bottom, to separate the bars.  


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