Granola bars: the healthy alternative to cereal bars? I’m not entirely sure of it, but I do know they’re delicious and I’ve (almost) been converted. They’re also very student-budget friendly: beyond the basic ingredients, you choose what goes in so they can be as cheap or exotic as your budget allows. If bars of oaty-fruity deliciousness sound like your sort of thing, then read on . . .
Recipe | Granola bars
- 100g butter/margarine
- 100g sugar
- 4 tablespoons golden syrup
- 1 teaspoon mixed spice
- 100g dried fruit (I used sultanas and cranberries)
- 200g oats
- 150g sunflower seeds
- Melt butter, sugar and golden syrup; stir together.
- Add mixed spice.
- Add oats, sunflower seeds and dried fruit.
- Line a tin with foil (my tray was c. 28cm x 18cm x 3cm, as a guideline) and tip in mixture; spread evenly around tin.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes at 160°C.
- Cut into approx. 12 pieces and enjoy!
I adapted this recipe from BBC Good Food, substituting different things to suit my preferences. The good thing about this recipe is that it uses things which you’re likely to already have; things like sunflower seeds and dried fruit can be obtained cheaply in shops such as Home Bargains. There’s room for plenty of experimentation with these; next time I make them I plan to incorporate some chocolate . . . after all, what’s a tasty snack without a bit of chocolate in it, even if it is supposed to be healthy?