French glacé cherry energy bars with white chocolate drizzle

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  • 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
    140ml honey
    75g salted butter
    160g dark brown sugar
    1 tbsp vanilla extract
    75g puffed rice cereal
    A pinch of salt

    100g white chocolate, chopped

    Directions:

    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.

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