I have posted this recipe on my food24 blog and it does not work if you tweak it too much, as my friend Zabwan discovered. I was not going to use this recipe again for the challenge, as the aim is to make something new. But, yesterday I tried a recipe from the Vital Club Magazine. The recipe was submitted by Madre van Zyl and appeared in the First Quarter 2007 edition. The salt is so overpowering in the recipe that my stomach would turn if I had to eat the dried fruit oak cookies for breakfast. I was tempted to do a reposting of my granola recipe as it is great, but as I know these berry bars work I am giving you the recipe. I usually use sour cherries, but cranberries will work just as well.
- 250 g butter
- 75 mls honey
- 150 g fructose
- 250 g oats
- 100 g dried berries
- 50 g pumpkin seeds
- 60 mls desiccated coconut
- 90 mls raisins
- Preheat the oven to 180°C
- Line a Swiss roll tin with baking paper.
- Melt the butter with the honey and fructose in a saucepan
- add this to the dry ingredients
- Mix well, spoon into the tray and level the surface
- Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 20 minutes
- Leave to cool right down before cutting
- Store in an airtight container
Ingredients for my berry bars:
- Butter – I use unsalted butter for my recipes, unless stated. If you use salted butter be sure to adjust the amount of salt you add to the recipe.
- Honey – the key to buying honey is to get it from hives as close to you as possible. This way you get the best health properties naturally found in honey. Remember that honey takes on the flavour from where the bees gathered the pollen. Use raw, unfiltered honey if possible.
- Fructose – I use fructose as I am sucrose intolerant. All my recipes are gram for gram replaceable with sugar.
- Oats – if you are gluten intolerant be sure to buy oats specifically for your needs. Otherwise, rolled oats are perfect and what I use in my recipes unless stated.
- Dried berries – I use a combination of cranberries, blueberries and gooseberries in my recipes.
- Pumpkin seeds – buy small amounts at a time and store what you don’t use in an airtight container.
- Desiccated coconut – I usually buy the fine variety as Dave is not a fan of the texture of coconut, and this way he cannot tell it is in a recipe.
- Raisins – I buy sun dried raisins as I like the texture of them.