There are times when I try out some recipes and totally miss posting them. This is one such recipe which has been sitting in my drafts for over 3 months now. The perfect time to make these bars is right after the festive season when one tends to have tons of leftover dry fruit. But then, real foodies don't need no reason buddy! So anyway, I always have a lot of dry fruit stocked up so I plan to make these bars once again soon.
The good part about these snack bars are that they can be made quickly and without adding any extra sugar. The sweetness in the dry fruits will suffice. This is a great way to control your sugar intake and they definitely taste better than the store bought 'health bars' which are loaded with sugar. If you have kids who like dry fruits or nuts then this is your go to recipe to make some healthy snack bars at home!
Prep time: 5 mins | Cook time: 15 mins | Serves: 6-8
- 150 grams dried apricots, chopped
- 100 grams pitted prunes, chopped
- 120 grams raisins , chopped
- 125 ml (1/2 cup) fresh orange juice
- 100 grams (approx 3/4th cup) skimmed (or regular) milk powder
- 35 grams (approx 2/3rd cup or 1-1/2 slices) fresh wholemeal bread, sides trimmed
- 70 grams slivered, skinless almonds
- 2-3 tablespoons of sunflower seeds, for sprinkling
1. Place all the chopped dried fruits in a heavy based saucepan and pour orange juice over it. Bring the mixture to a boil and remove the pan from heat. Let the mixture sit for 15 mins.
2. Add the crumbled whole meal bread, milk powder and the slivered almonds and mix well.
3. Sprinkle the sunflower seeds over the base of a 9x9 non stick or glass baking dish and transfer the mixture into it. Press it down with the back of a spoon and sprinkle some more sunflower seeds over it.
4. Cover the pan with cling film or foil and chill for 2-3 hours or till firm. Cut into bars and serve.
1. I used an assortment of dry fruits that I had handy with me. You can experiment with your choice of dry fruits like dried berries, dried mango, pineapple, kiwi etc.