Sunday, May 16, 2010

Weight For It!

In one of the mags is a recipe that might be tempting enough for all to include in their lunch box (or even as as a snack between meals). Slightly adapted (I never copy a recipe as published), the ingredients can differ according to what we have (as long as the overall weight remains the same and the ingredients are of similar type). If you find the bars tend to crumble a bit - then coat them with good dark chocolate on all sides, and leave to set.
Munch Crunch Energy Bars: makes 9
4 oz (100g) butter, pref unsalted
3 level tblsp golden syrup
2 ripe bananas (total weight approx 9 oz)
5 oz porridge oats
3 oz (100g) no-soak apricots, chopped
1 oz (25g) raisins or sultanas
3 oz (75g) mixed seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, sesame...)
1 oz (25g) dessicated coconut
Melt the butter in a pan with the syrup, and remove from heat. Chop the banana flesh into small cubes and stir into the butter/syrup with the remaining ingredients. Mix together thoroughly and tip into a greased and base-lined 8" square (20 x 20cm) baking tin.
Level the surface and bake for 20 to 30 minutes at 180C, 350F, gas 4 until golden, and it will still be soft in the centre. Do not attempt to remove it from the tin at this point or it will break.
Leave in the tin to cool completely, then use a sharp knife to cut into square or fingers and store in an airtight container.