Thursday, June 12, 2008

Oat Chocolate Bars

With two teenagers in the house we always seem to need snack food and lots of it. A 17 year old boy eats a LOT. Its pretty astounding how much he can eat and still stay slim.

I buy very few packaged snack foods, they are in aisles in the supermarket I simply don't go down. The occasional packet of chocolate biscuits does come home though but not often.

One of my favourite recipes is Oat Chocolate Bars. It is simple to make, everything goes in one bowl and gets mixed together, you can adapt it to whatever is in the cupboard, it freezes well and fills the teenagers up.

Oat Chocolate Bars

3 cups rolled oats
3 cups wholemeal plain flour
1 cup castor sugar
1 1/2 cups nuts - walnuts or pecans are both good
1 1/2 cups dried fruit
1 1/2 cups choc bits
360g melted butter
1/2 cup golden syrup

Mix dry ingredients together, add melted butter and golden syrup and mix well.
Press into greased 20x30cm lamington pan.
Bake at 180C (350F) for about 40 minutes. Bars are cooked when golden brown on top. They will firm up when cooling in pan.
Cool in pan.
When cool cut into bars.

Notes: This recipe makes a lot, you can halve the amounts and cook for approx 25 minutes. It is better to under cook than over cook the bars. If over cooked they become crumbly and fall apart easily. If you have under cooked them too much simply return them to the oven.

I change the nuts, fruit, chocolate to whatever I have in the cupboard. You can add coconut in place of any of these ingredients as well if you wish.

Enjoy!

I'll make some this afternoon and add some photos - at least that is the plan.

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