I know that usually I'm NOT the one for "healthy food" recipes (and believe me you won't have many more in the future either ;) ), but granola bars are something I enjoy eating and what I wanted to make for ages. If you go to a health food store to buy one bar, only one, then you're short of minimum €1! I made this whole tray of granola bars for less than €4! And I'm pretty sure that somehow they are tastier (I've chosen the things I like to put there) and maybe even healthier than the store bought version (as I'm in control as to what went there, so no additives etc.). Bars are really nice, packed with fruits, soft, easy to "chew", but still have a bit of crunch to them. So to a good, healthy start to this New Year! :)
"Granola is a breakfast food and snack food, popular in the Americas, consisting of rolled oats, nuts, honey, and sometimes puffed rice, that is usually baked until crisp. During the baking process the mixture is stirred to maintain a loose, breakfast cereal-type consistency. Dried fruits, such as raisins and dates, are sometimes added." - by wikipedia.org
How to make it...
- 350 g pack of mixed fruit (raisins, currants, orange peel, lemon peel, dried apricots, glace cherries, dried pineapple)
- 200 g oats
- 4 tablespoons honey
- 2 egg whites
Preheat the oven to 180 C and line a baking tray with a parchment paper. Place the porridge oats in a bowl and mix in the fruit. Place the honey in a small pan and heat gently, stirring occasionally, until smooth. Add to the oat mixture and mix well to combine. Put the egg whites in a bowl and beat till light and frothy. Fold into the oat and honey mixture until everything sticks together. Transfer to prepared baking tray and spread out evenly. Bake for about 20 minutes until lightly browned and firm to the touch (not too long or it will dry out too much and become quite hard). Till the very end of baking I've grated some chocolate on top so it had a chance to melt slightly.
Remove from the oven and let cool, but not completely, cut into bar shapes. Leave to cool completely before removing from the baking tray. Store bars in an airtight container for up to 6 days.
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