Monday, 8 June 2015

More than just rabbit food: recipe for yummy granola slices.




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Given that myself and my boyfriend are avid lovers of baking (and eating), I thought that baking something yummy would be a nice way to spend today’s bank holiday. In an attempt to try and bake something vaguely healthy, we decided to make granola slices :) These are great for satisfying sweet tooth cravings or to grab when in need of a quick and filling snack. All of the ingredients needed are also fairly cheap – making for a great bake that will last ages in the snack cupboard.
You will need: 
  • 2 cups of plain oats,
  • ♥1/2 cup of clear honey,
  • ♥2/3 cup of brown sugar,
  • ♥225g of mixed dried fruits (we used cranberries and mango),
  • ♥3/4 cup of mixed seeds (we used sunflower and pumpkin),
  • ♥100g of chocolate chips,
  • ♥4 tbsp of butter,
  • ♥1/2 tsp of salt,
  • ♥3 tsp of vanilla extract.
1. The first step is to preheat your oven on fan to 200ยบ. Then mix your seeds and oats together in a sided baking tray and place in the oven to toast for around 13-15 minutes. Make sure to stir your oat/seed mix every few minutes in order to stop them burning.

2. Secondly, whilst your oats and seeds are toasting in the oven, place your butter, salt, vanilla extract and sugar into a saucepan and stir until lightly simmering.

       


3. Once your sugary mixture has reached a light simmer, take your now toasted oat/seed mixture from the oven (the oven can now be turned off) and mix with your dried fruits and chocolate chips. Once the fruit and chocolate has been completely mixed in with your oats and seeds, stir your sugar mixture into the oat/seed/fruit/chocolate mix. Make sure you thoroughly stir in your liquid sugar mixture into your dry mixture as the sugar mixture will be what holds your granola bar together!


4. Once both mixtures are thoroughly stirred together, line a rectangular baking tray with greaseproof paper and spoon your granola mixture on top. Once all of your mixture is on your baking tray, spread the granola out evenly, making the thickness to your liking.

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5. After you have spread your granola evenly across your tray, fold over any remaining baking paper of add a sheet on top, and firmly press all over the granola so that it is compressed. Press really hard on this part so that your slices won’t fall apart when you cut them later on!  Once you are happy with your bake, leave your granola to set for around 3 hours.


6. After 3 hours, place your granola onto a chopping board and carefully peel back your baking paper.


7. Finally, press firmly with a sharp knife and cut your granola into your desired slice size.





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