Thursday, 14 April 2011

Good Luck Granola

When I think of a marathon I develop cold sweats and horrific flashbacks of my 14 year old self running cross county in the horizontal, sleeting rain, though boggy, muddy fields in our weekly physical torture sessions (also known as PE lessons). By 'running' I really mean thinking up inventive excuses for missing next week's sessions ['honestly, miss, the dragon just came down and ate my trainers! Staight off my feet! I know, you couldn't make it up!'*]. I have to lie down in a cool, dark room until I recover from such flashbacks.

I am seeking professional help for this.

However, 37000 people are taking part in this year's London Marathon this Sunday, including friends of mine. And to show my support I've made for them these Good Luck Granola Bars. Because they are sort-of-healthy sweet things.

They are also well tasty and excellent for those of us who will be watching the Marathon from the safety and security of the sofa.

Good Luck Granola bars
(adapted from Good Food Magazine, August 2008)


200g porridge oats
100g butter
100g pumpkin seeds
50g sesame seeds
50g chopped pecans
75g cranberries
25g dried apricots
3 tbsp honey
100g light muscovado sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

1. Heat the oven to 160 C/fan 140 C/Gas Mark 3.
2. Butter and line the base of an 18 x 25cm tin
3. Mix up your oats, seeds and nuts, pop them onto a roasting tin and pop in the oven for about 5-10 minutes to toast
4. Meanwhile, melt the honey, sugar and butter in a pan over a low heat, stirring throughout
5. Add the oaty mix, the dried fruit and cinnamon into the pan and mix together until all oaty mixture is well coated
6. Tip into the tin, flatten lightly and bake for 30 minutes
7. Cool and then cut into approximately 12 bars

Some tips...

  • If you can, try and buy the best quality oats you can find. It does make a difference
  • Leave the bars to cool completely in the tin before trying to cut otherwise they are a bit of nightmare to cut into nice pieces
  • You can use a whole range of dried fruits (cherries perhaps, or blueberrys), nuts (walnuts maybe) and seeds (try sunflower to mix it up a bit) as long as your have the same quantities as the recipe specifies
  • Try crumbling the granola on top of yogurt for a tasty breakfast

* There is a dragon on the Welsh flag. Its the national animal if you like. So it could happen.

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