Saturday, 28 January 2012

Super Cereal Bars

After the big success of the Healthy Breakfast Muffins, I thought I'd make some sort of homemade cereal bar to keep those pesky kids fuller for longer! I already love a bit of flapjack, but when it's full of other nice bits too - all the better I say! So, these really are Super Cereal Bars and I must say they are very tasty - and yes, the children love them too!

40g desiccated coconut
150g ready-to-eat dried apricots
30g dried cherries
30g dried cranberries
100g rolled oats
30g crispy rice
30g puffed rice
50g light brown sugar
30g sunflower seeds
60g salted peanuts
3 tablespoons clear honey
1 tablespoon golden syrup
2 tablespoons light olive oil or sunflower oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 170C. Spread the coconut on a baking tray and lightly toast for 5 mins.

Finely chop the apricots, cherries and cranberries. Now chop the peanuts in half (feel free to use unsalted) and add to the fruit with the rest of the dry ingredients.

Put the honey, oil, syrup and vanilla in a small pan and heat gently until they are mixed together. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix. Press into a lightly oiled baking tin (I used a 19cm square cake tin) and bake for 20 minutes and press the mixture down again after baking. Leave to cool in the tin and cut into bars. Store in an airtight container.

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