Sigh. What can you do? Sometimes it just doesn’t work out.
It happens to me every now and then… You know, when it’ s all going well – it looks good, it smells good…but then…well, you don’t quite have enough oats…and you exchange honey for Silan (date honey) and you don’t quite have the right kind of brown sugar but, hey, I’m sure it will work out anyway, it usually does. Looks good…smells good…but then, Oh. It doesn’t stick together. Oh well, it must need more time in the oven. Shove it back in for another five minutes. Still soft and crumbly. Grrrrr. Stubbornly try to cut it into squares anyway….but…end up shoving strange, falling-apart, square-like pieces into individual clingfilm wraps and chucking them in the fridge in the hope that they might harden up.
They really do taste good. And they are quite healthy. They even have wheat germ inside (very high in protein and nutrients and contains more potassium and iron than any other food source). Still, they don’t end my search for the Perfect Homemade Energy Bar . I’ll have to keep looking and trying.
Here is the recipie – for those who think they might have better luck than me – it has such good ingredients, how can it not be yummy?
Let me know how it goes if you try tweaking it, or if you have a different recipie for a similar concept – please share.
Fruity Granola Energy Bars
Adapted from a recipe by Anna P. on RecipeZaar.com
Use your favourite dried fruit, figs, dates, raisins, cherries or blueberries in place of the apricots and raisins. Makes 18 Bars
2 cups rolled oats or quick cooking oats
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup diced dried apricots
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch salt
1 tablespoon mild vegetable oil (or melted butter)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup liquid honey (I used Silan)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Spray a 9-inch square baking pan with non-stick cooking spray or brush with oil.
3. Combine oats, wheat germ, apricots, cranberries, sunflower seeds, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.
4. Combine oil and brown sugar in a small bowl until sugar is dissolved.
5. Stir in honey, egg and vanilla until smooth.
6. Stir liquid mixture into dry mixture until dry ingredients are evenly moistened.
7. Press mixture firmly and evenly in prepared pan.
8. Bake for 20 mins., or until golden and firm.
9. Cool on wire rack before utting into squares or bars.
10. Wrap individually for easy grab and go breakfasts and snacks.
Hubby and I are off to the North for a lovely shabbat in Moshav Amirirm – a vegetarian moshav. We’re bringing our own food – but we’re NOT ALLOWED to bring meat. Hooray! Finally, an opportunity to spend shabbat eating good old-fashioned cheese sandwiches…