Monday, November 12, 2007

Oats and fruit bar

Haha!! Tried out my new hp with the new option to sent pix that I take from the hp camera straight to the blog. How cool is that!!!!! The other week, tried my hand at making the chewy oat and fruit bar.

It was actually a request from F after he tried the cornflakes cookies. He wanted a chewy oat bar with dates, raisins and choc chips and all the other goodness found in the cornflakes cookies. Well basically it was sliced almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and white and choc chips. He wanna eat it before he go on his cycling... it supp to act like a Powerbar.

So I did some research on the internet and came up with a recipe from Recipe Bazaar. It is their recipe #22206 - Chewy Fruit & Oatmeal Bars. Tried it but it turned out more cake-like than those Chewy Quaker Bars or Granola bars that you buy from the stores. Gave some to sis and she said that Miramon loved it....

Attempt #2 came out more like the real McCoy.... It came straight from the grandfather of oats himself... Mr Quaker.... Heheh

Quaker's Fruit & Oatmeal Bars

1/4 cup honey
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) margarine or butter
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
One 6-ounce package diced dried mixed fruit (about 1-1/3 cups)
1-1/2 cups crispy rice cereal
1 cup Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)

Preparation Steps

In medium saucepan, heat honey, margarine, sugar and cinnamon over medium-low heat until margarine is melted, stirring frequently. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat. Stir in dried fruit, rice cereal and oats until evenly coated.
Press mixture evenly onto bottom of ungreased 8-inch square baking pan.
Cool completely. Cut into bars.
Store tightly covered in refrigerator.

I had some golden syrup from my attempts to make sticky buns. The golden syrup had been in the fridge for like the longest time. It kept calling out to me but really, my sweet-tooth was asleep during all those time. So instead of using sugar that was called for in the recipe, I replaced it with the golden syrup... the liquid gets prepared faster. Also I couldn't find the normal rice krispies that the recipe called for. So I used Cocoa Pops.
For the dried fruit, I have cranberries and raisins in the fridge, leftovers from Eid's celebration cookie making session. There was also pumpkin seeds and sliced almonds. That goes in as well... together with white choc and choc chips.

You wouldn't call the bars healty. But it's packed with goodness... Tony the Tiger would agree, or maybe that Monkey on the box, whatever his name is....Heheh.

No pictures of the ready product... cos I just popped it in the fridge after it cooled down and cut it into bars a few days later.

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