Granola Bars

29 January 2013

I made these little bars last night - they are delicious and you could argue they are a healthy snack what with all the seeds.  This recipe is one of Mary McCartney's - her book is filled with easy and delicious meals and she draws her inspiration from her mother Linda McCartney (my favourite vegetarian chef of all time!)

Have a go and let me know what you think.

♥ Granola Bars ♥
Makes 12-15 pieces

200ml agave syrup
50g butter
4 tbs vegetable oil
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp vanilla extract
200g porridge oats
80g cornflakes
100g almonds, coarsely chopped
100g dried apricots, coarsely chopped
100g raisins or sultanas
2 tbsp sunflower seeds
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds

♥ Preheat your oven to 180C. Line a baking tray (approximately 30cm x 20cm) with greaseproof paper or baking parchment.
♥ In a large saucepan, gently simmer the agave syrup for about four minutes, to allow it to turn a bit syrupy (be careful, this is very hot). Take it off the heat and then add the butter and vegetable oil, stirring well until the butter has melted. Add the cinnamon and vanilla extract and then mix in the oats, cornflakes, almonds, apricots, raisins, sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Stir well to ensure that all the ingredients are coated in the syrup.
♥ Spoon the granola mix into the baking tray and push it down so that it’s evenly packed into the tray.
♥ Bake it in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until the top is turning golden.
♥ Take the tray out of the oven and leave the granola to cool before lifting it out of the baking tray, cutting it into pieces and then peeling off the baking paper.

Happy Baking x

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