Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Power Packed Snack Bars - Home Made Granola on the go

These little wonders are originally called Breakfast Bars, but I honestly think they're great at any time of the day. Its a wonderful healthy alternative to other fried snacks and chips. The texture is a little chewy and the flavors are wonderful - it has the tartness of the cranberry, wonderful sweetness (though its not too sweet) of the condensed milk, the crunch of assorted nuts and a whole lot more. Whats great is that you can tweak this recipe and make it your own. Try out different ingredients, vary the dry fruit and the nuts to your liking and I'm sure you'll find a combination that works best for you. They are great for a quick breakfast, almost like having home-made granola on the go. These bars are a great snack to take in to the office as well, to satiate any untimely hunger pangs.

In the recipe that follows, you'll find the ingredients that I used, basically ingredients that I had on hand at the time. You can find the original recipe here. They may not be much to look at, but they are oh so good. Be warned, they are addictive ;o)



Power Packed Snack Bars
Adapted from: Nigella

1 can condensed milk (400g)
250g rolled oats (not instant)
75g dessicated coconut
100g dried cranberries
200g mixed seeds (I used walnuts, almonds and sesame seeds)

Preheat the oven to 130 degrees C. Grease a 23cm x 33cm x 4cm baking tray or use a disposable foil one. Grease it well so that you can take it off the pan easily.

Over a low flame, warm the condensed milk in a large pan. The pan should be large enough to hold all the ingredients and still have room for mixing.

Mix the remaining ingredients together and fold into the warm condensed milk. Using a rubber or wooden spatula, fold till evenly coated and well distributed.

Turn the mixture out on to the prepared baking sheet and press down and flatten with the spatula or using your hands. Even out the surface.

I kept mine in the oven for about 45 minutes, even though the original recipe says 1 hour, and it turned out just fine. After about 15 minutes cut into bars of whatever size you'd like. Be sure to cut while still warm, or else, you won't be able to. After you've cut the bars leave it to cool completely before storing.

This recipe has been linked up with - Decidedly Healthy or Horridly Decadent Saturday Party, hosted by the lovely Maggie of Ceo A's Draiocht. Thanks Maggie for letting me be a part of this.


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11 comments:

  1. Yum, these bars look so wonderfully chewy and delicious. Healthy snacks are the best.

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  2. Thanks Lisa!!! oh btw ... love the peach jam spirals, would love to try them out!

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  3. Your snack bars look and sound really good, thanks for sharing your recipe.

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  6. Yum!This looks delicious.I saw your blog from the foodie blog roll and I like what you have here.if you won't mind I'd love to guide Foodista readers to this post.Just add the foodista widget at the end of this post and it's all set, Thanks!

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  8. Trisha - these look so yummy. I need something to take the edge of the withdrawal from all that Christmas cookie baking (can't stop thinking about cookies ....
    Maggie

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  9. I know what you mean Maggie ... good times!

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  10. These look awesome! I love granola bars and agree they are great ANY time of the day!

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