These healthy snacks are perfect for a mid-morning snack or in a lunch box
These healthy snacks are perfect for a mid-morning snack or in a lunch box. Store them in a sealed container to keep fresh for over a week.
Ingredients (makes 24 bars):
100g rolled oats
50g pecan nuts, roughly chopped
50g pistachios, roughly chopped
75g desiccated coconut
50g pumpkin seeds
30 French glacé cherries, quartered
75g salted butter
160g dark brown sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
75g puffed rice cereal
A pinch of salt
100g white chocolate, chopped
1. Preheat oven to 180c. Line a 30cm x 20cm baking tin with non-stick parchment paper and set aside. Arrange the oats, pecan nuts, pistachios, and pumpkin seeds on a baking tray and bake for 8 minutes. Remove from the tray and pour into a large bowl with the coconut, puffed rice and French glacé cherries.
2. In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, honey, butter and a pinch of salt. Let simmer until the sugar is dissolved and is caramel like, for about 5 minutes. Add the vanilla extract. Pour over the cereal-nuts mixture and stir well.
Press the mixture into the lined tin. Place another sheet of parchment over the mixture and place something heavy like a book over the top and let sit for an hour.
3. Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl suspended over a saucepan of boiling water. Keep stirring until melted. Alternatively, you can melt in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds. Slice into 12 bars and drizzle each one with the chocolate.