… after moaning about trousers no longer fitting and being unable to find anything to wear now that the warmer months are slowly approaching we’re on orders from The Viking that we’re doing a whole month without cake. In my mind this doesn’t mean I can’t bake cake for others or try to find a way to create healthy sweet dishes, so watch this space for more bending of the no-cake rules… any suggestions more than welcome
honey, fig and peanut butter granola bars
the original title for this post was going to be ‘sugar-free granola bars’ but I think this would have been a misnomer, whilst they certainly don’t have any added refined sugar there is plenty of natural sugar in the figs and honey to make these bars nice and sweet so whilst i’m not claiming that these bars are healthy they are so much better than they could be, if that makes any sense… the figs can be replaced with dates which are just as sweet but I think the figs add a certain fragrance that make these bars extra special.
… i’ve used almost an entire jar of the very scrumptious scrumshus premium granola which was sent to me last week. I had no real intention of doing anything with it but eat it but I thought these bars would be a fun way to share the granola’s gorgeousness with the guys at the office…
400g granola (try and use a natural granola like scrumshus made with no sugar other than honey)
2 tablespoons local honey
8 dried figs (the kind that are moist not a dried out husk)
2 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter
a handful almonds
line a shallow baking tin with greased-proof paper
place the figs, honey and peanut butter into a large oven-proof bowl and using a hand-blender, whizz them together until they become a thick paste.
turn on the oven to 160C and place the bowl into the oven to warm up for about 10 mins after which it should become more pliable.
pour the granola and almonds into the paste and stir around until everything is coated then tip into the baking tin and push to the edges… I don’t mind if the edges are a little rough but you may want to be a little more precise about it… drizzle the top with a little more honey
bake in the oven for 20 mins, then take out and allow to cool before cutting into bars – they should stay fresh for a few days if kept in the fridge or even longer in the freezer
eat and of course, enjoy!