Posted by: Stephlechef | December 23, 2011

Cranberry and white chocolate granola bars

Boy works. Boy needs “healthy” (read: not too chocolatey) snacks to take to work. Girl does oatie experiments for boy to eat. Boy is embarrassed and refuses to take the heart-decorated ones to work. Sad face.

Granola bars – cranberry and white chocolate

(I forgot how many this made but it was a fair few – about 8 I would think)

– Consider the coconut, cranberries and hazelnuts to be changeable with whatever you fancy – you could use almonds and dried cherries with a little dash of almond essence, or you could do hazelnuts and chocolate chips, grated apples with sultanas – go crazy! Just make sure the final mix is a fairly stiff, sticky mix, not too runny but not impossible to work with either!

1 cup rolled oats

3/8 cup (horrible amount I know – a quarter then half a quarter) brown sugar – soft or demerara

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup flour

1/3 cup dessicated coconut

1/2 cup cranberries

1/4 cup hazelnuts

pinch of salt

1 egg

1/8 cup oil or melted butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 – 1/3 cup honey or golden syrup

Melt the butter and golden syrup together.

Mix all the dry ingredients together, pour the syrup and butter in and stir it all together good.

Plonk it into a lined tin (I’m not sure about the size you need, I think about a 9-inch circle pan was what I used, but a square would obviously be more practical for granola bars… the mix should be about 2cm deep once it’s all spread out.

Cook at about 170c until nice and golden brown on top and fairly solid on the inside.

Cut into bars before it cools completely, otherwise it gets a bit difficult!

I decorated my bars with piped white chocolate- in embarrassing patterns.

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