I've had a distinct sweet tooth since I've been pregnant and indulged in many treats. However the other day I thought I'd give sweet snacking a healthy edge by baking some granola bars. These are tasty and sweet but the oats, nuts and seeds are full of goodness! It's quite common to need a pick me up mid afternoon when you're pregnant or breastfeeding and making a batch of these is far more satisfyingthan buying cereal bars.
Makes 12 large or 24 small bars
4 tablespoons honey
100g light brown muscovado sugar
50g barley (substitute oats if you can't get hold of any)
150g seeds (I used a mixture of sunflower, sesame and pumpkin)
80g nuts (I used a mixture of flaked and whole almonds)
100g dried fruit (I used half dried pineapple and half chopped dried papya)
Pre-heat the oven to 160°C/Gas 3. Place the butter, sugar and honey in a pan and heat until the butter and sugar has melted. Place the oats, barley, seeds and nuts on a baking tray and roast for 10 minutes. Mix the butter, honey and sugar with the dry ingredients and the fruit then press into a baking tin that's been generously greased. Bake for 20 minutes until golden then remove the pan and score into squares. Allow to cool in the baking tray, then remove and store in an air tight tin.
Another nice combination would be almonds, apples and apricots with a teaspoon of cinnamon added to the mixture.