Healthy Fruit Granola Bars
January is a month of review whether it be your job, your personal goals or your diet. As a family, we try and be mindful of our diet all year round – mainly because the repercussions of not doing this, with the boys’ tummies as they are, is simply not worth it. However over Christmas it would be unnatural if there wasn’t some level of indulgence and a tiny bit of naughtiness.
So January is all about getting back on track again making sure we eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and that snacks and treats are of the healthier kind.
These granola bars make the perfect healthy snack for all the family. They are stacked with all kinds of dried fruit and are made with gluten free oats, which are a good source of fibre and slows the release of sugar in to the body. This ultimately curbs sweet cravings and that irresistable temptation to raid the biscuit jar.
They are also deliciously sticky, yet eminently sensible and so work well as treats for little ones too (and grown ups too!) They are portable, they keep well, and are great for lunch boxes and after school snacks.
Gluten free. Dairy free. Soya free.
- 150g dairy free margarine (low fat if possible)
- 75g dark brown soft sugar
- 75g golden syrup
- 225g gluten free porridge oats
- 75g (3 oz) dried fruit of choice. I used cranberries, dates, apricots and sultanas.
This is a great base recipe to which you can add almost anything. Try prunes, figs, sultanas, raisons, nuts, seeds or mixed peel as an alternative.
- Preheat the oven to 180 C.
- Slowly melt the margarine, sugar and syrup in a saucepan.
- Stir in the porridge oats, dried fruit and mix together thoroughly.
- Press the mixture into a baking tin.
- Pop the mixture in the oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
- Once cooked, remove from the oven and mark into slices.
- Leave for a few minutes before lifting the slices and then leave to cool.
- Any granola bars not enjoyed immediately can be stored in an airtight container.
For a more traditional flapjack recipe that is gluten, dairy and soya free, why don’t you try these yummy syrupy flapjacks?
HAVE A HAPPY TUMMY DAY ?