I am a little obsessed about feeding my children healthy food… of course cookies regularly sneak into our baking, how can they not?! But if we can bake AND Make it tasty.. then why not? Enter the humble granola bar – packed full of goodness and not “just” sugar. This was a staple for me during my pregnancies (lots of iron and extra vitamins through the additions of a variety of seeds and dried fruit) and now this is great for the kids – a perfect lunchpack addition or for after tennis lessons.
As Valentine’s is around the corner, I thought some little hearts would be great. If you cut them whilst still warm, you can still “mould” the remaining cut outs back together to make “patties”. Or let them cool, like some cereal and eat it loose (I do hate waste).
175g unsalted butter
140g clear honey
250g demerara sugar
350g porridge oats (plain)
1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
A combination of
85g dried apricots chopped
85g dried cranberries or other dried fruit
85g pumpkin seeds
50g ground almonds
50g sesame seeds
I have also thrown in linseeds and dried apples in the past or whatever I had “in”.
+ a Heart Cookie Cutter
A tray for baking
Pre heat oven at 190C
1) Melt the butter, honey, and sugar in a big pan. Once dissolved, let simmer for 2min
2) Mix all the remaining ingredients together in a big bowl.
3) Then stir the dry ingredients into the hot butter/ sugar solution and mix well.
4) Tip into pan and flatten with a woodden sppon.
5) Bake in oven for 15-20min.
6) Take out of the oven. Let cool a little. Use cookie cutter to cut hearts whilst still warm. Let cool fully on rack.
Done. Surprise your loved ones, by popping one of these in their snack box!