Thursday, 21 July 2016
Fruit, Nuts & Seeds for a Summer treat
Summer’s here and the time is just right to get out those BBQs in the garden or take a picnic to a favourite beauty spot. Bake this easy recipe in a foil container to put out on the garden table or simply wrap and pop in your picnic basket. Whatever the occasion, these bars are packed full of flavour with dried fruits, nuts and seeds and make a healthy treat with no additional sugar. You’ll find they don’t last long!
Fruit, Nut & Seed Bars
12oz/340g porridge oats
6oz/175g dried fruits
4oz/110g chopped mixed nuts
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
1 tsp linseeds
2 tbsps lemon juice
Melt the butter and honey gently in a pan over a low heat.
Mix the porridge oats with the dried fruit nuts and seeds, keeping a few seeds back to decorate the top. Add the melted butter and honey to the oats, fruit, nuts and seeds mixture and stir in well.
Spoon the mixture into a tin or foil case (approx 23cm x 23cm). Scatter the reserved nuts and seeds on the top. Bake in a preheated oven 180C (160C Fan)/Mark 5/350F for about 25 minutes. Allow to cool before cutting into bars with a sharp knife.
Meryl says : This is a really versatile recipe which you can vary to your own taste and what’s in your store cupboard. I used apricots, raisins and sultanas for the dried fruits but you could use other dried fruits such as cranberries, dates or gogi berries. Almonds, brazils, hazelnuts, pistachios, walnuts were my choice but macademias nuts or pecans work just as well. Pumpkin seeds (also known as pepitas) and linseeds fitted the bill but chia and sesame seeds are equally good. Finally, cacao nibs would also give the bars an intense chocolate flavour.
Enjoy Fruit, Nut and Seed Bars!