My little boy is a big fan of little fruity snack bars. The commercial ones are not cheap (especially the organic ones), so I've been looking into home made versions.
Chewy fruit and oat energy bars
I'm using dried dates soaked in some warm water for 10 minutes.
This recipe made about 8 little finger sized bars.
⅓ cup dates
⅓cup dried cranberries
⅓ cup sultanas
⅓ cup coconut
⅓ cup quick oats
Process the fruit until very finely chopped, then remove from the food processor. Add the oats and coconut and process until fine. Mix by hand with the fruit to make a smooth ball. Use damp hands to shape the mixture into bars or balls, then keep in the fridge. I imagine these would freeze very well too, so you can just pop one in a lunchbox in the morning.
The best thing I liked about this recipe is that I already had all of these things in the cupboard.
Really not much to look at though, is it? ;P I might give this a god sometime - would be great for lunchboxes too.
I hate those recipes that taste delicious but photograph poorly - Japanese curry comes to mind (actually anything brown).
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