Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Home made cereal bars

And so it begins. No time for snacking, breakfast, making some sort of healthy treat for the kids to bring to school, no time for anything... well THESE cereal bars take to time to make and no time to eat, whilst being delicious all the same!

4 cups of musli or granola or you favourite cereal. Instant porridge oats work very well.
1/2 cup dries cherries
1/2 cup chopped up dried apricots
1/2 cup pecans
(or any other fruit and nut combo that you like)
1 cup Golden syrup
1 cup of liquid honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups hot water from the kettle
optional: white chocolate, about 50 g

In a large heat resistant bowl, mix the Golden Syrup and teh honey with the hot water and stir until you obtain a homogeneous consistency. Add the vanilla extract. Add the dried fruit, the nuts and the cereals and stir it all in. 
Grease very well a rectangular baking tray (or use a sylicon one, they are really wonderful!) and pour the mixture in whilst it is still liquidy. Set it for about 15 minutes, then pop it in the oven for 15 minutes at 140°C (it just needs to dry thoroughly).
Get it out and, whilst it is still hot and in the tray, cut the loaf into rectangular bars with a sharp knife.

Melt the white chocolate and drip it all over your bars to give them a more polished look. Once they are cool, remove them from the tray. I wrap them up in individual rectangles of kitchen towel and store them in a tin container (in the fridge if it's hot). Not that they need storing ofr long...

You can also add chocolate chips, dried coconut flakes, different tupes of dried fruits and nuts, anything that tickles your fancy!

What are your ideas for quick and easy snacks? Do you like cereal bars? Let me know in the comments below!!

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