it would seem my toddler is going through a growth spurt or something. the past few days he's been constantly begging for food. normally he just has breakfast, lunch and dinner. i used to set snacks out for him so he could have something if he wanted them but i ended up throwing them away after they got dumped on the carpet and stomped on. lately he's been begging for cheese sticks and crackers or sandwiches. i thought i would track down a granola bar recipe and make something like that for him. i found a recipe on allrecipes.com that had a load of good reviews. i wrote down the basic ingredients and then set about editing it to better suit my needs. below is my experimental granola bar recipe
- 2 1/4 cup oats
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup of butter- melted
- 1/4 cup of honey
- 1/4 cup of chopped nuts
- 1/4 cup of raisins
- 1/4 cup of dried apricots chopped up
- 1 small apple
- 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
i peeled and cut up the apple. put it in a sauce pot with a little water and let it simmer until it was soft. i then used my potato masher to squash it up. i put in the vanilla, honey and butter then stirred it all together. since the apple sauce was still warm the butter quickly melted
in a large bowl i mixed together the other ingredients. i just used a fork to stir everything around. i then added the apple and melted butter mixture to the large bowl. i mixed everything together- still with a fork. i dumped it out into a 9x13inch tray which i had lined with baking paper. with a spatula i firmly pressed the mix out until it was very thinly spread across the tray, it didn't quite cover the whole area but pretty close. i put the thing in the oven at 325 degrees for about 20min. i wasn't really paying attention to how long it cooked. i did the dishes. when the top was starting to get brown i turned the oven off. i took the tray out and cut the bars. i then let the bars completely cool in the tray. i gave one to my son to try and he declared them- delicious.
note the americans: since americans are used to way more sugar in their food these will seems rather bland and tasteless. try adding 1/3 cup of brown sugar and a little salt. i made these for my son and stuff for him i try to cut out all added refined sugar and salt.