Sweet, Traybake

Get up and Go Bar

Yesterday at work I was feeling tired and finding it hard to get through a busy Tuesday, not too unusual but is still hard when you’ve lost your get up and go attitude that you started the day with.

So at lunch time I nipped to the supermarket to try and find something to eat that would be both healthy and give me lots of energy.

I managed to seer myself away from the chocolate and ended up buying a seed bar, which is like a flapjack but instead of oats it is packed with seeds, nuts and fruit and although my dad would call this ‘rabbit food’ it was very nice… but expensive!

I decided that I would eat the one I had bought but I would find a way to make an alternative which would be cheap and easy but just as nice and nutritious. I find that I don’t eat enough nuts and seeds as I should because I am not too keen on them on their own but I should as they contain a lot of vitamins that I should eat.

This recipe uses a little bit of a cheat, but a cheaper alternative to buying all of the fruit, nuts and seeds separate – using a muesli cereal with all of these in.

Although this recipe has a feeling of being saint-like, it still isn’t perfect as it uses Golden Syrup but you can just think of this as being a nice sugar boost. If you like you can swap this for honey but I unfortunately hate honey so I won’t.

If you can’t find a cereal ready mixed like this then make you own using a base of:

50% muesli mixed with a little bit of desiccated coconut (about a tbsp)
25% seeds or nuts
25% dried fruit

If the muesli already contains a lot of dried fruit in it then you don’t have to worry about adding more – it’s a bit of a judgement depending on the brand you use but will still work!

Get up and Go Muesli Bar

80g Brown Sugar
50g Butter
50g Margarine
250g Museli/seed/fruit mix
2tbs Golden Syrup (or honey if you like it)

Heat the oven to Gas Mark 5 (190 c)

1. Over a low heat melt the butter and the Margarine in a deep saucepan then add the sugar and 2 tablespoons of golden syrup*
3. Mix in the oats
4. spread the mixture evenly over a non stick baking tray. Smooth over with a knife making sure the mixture is even.  I find it nicer to pat into the tray using my hands, messy but good.
5. Place the baking tray onto the middle shelf in a preheated oven (gas mark 5, 220 C) and bake for approx. 15 minutes.  Take out when the mixture starts turning a golden brown.
6. Stand for a minute or two, then score the mixture with a knife into you portions
7. Cover the tray with kitchen roll or a tea towel and leave for a couple of hours to cool before trying to get it out of the tray.

*For a hint put the tablespoon into a cup of boiling water as it will help the golden syrup slide off the spoon.

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