Apricot and Almond Cereal Bars

I have made these bars in the hope they will stave off my crisp addiction. I have agreed with my daughter to fore go the three C’s; chocolate..mmm, cake and crisps for the forty days of Lent.  We have done this over the years making Easter eggs all the more appreciated and enjoyed.  Mostly we have  gone without chocolate but some years have changed it to make it a bit more challenging. One year we stopped eating meat and chocolate, I never went back to eating meat but the chocolate, well…there was no contest there.

This is a simple and quick recipe loved by all who have tried them. Hope you will like them also.

The picture actually shows the second batch, these I made up using apricots and hazel nuts with some ground almond too.  They are still just as tempting.

You will need the following

75g Butter
75g Brown sugar
1 tablespoon Golden Syrup
175g Oats
A handful of chopped Apricots
A handful of chopped Almonds
(Of course if you don’t have apricot and almonds  any other dried fruit and any other nuts will be just fine)

Melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a pan
Add the oats
Add the fruit and nuts
Mix together and place in a baking tin that has been lined with silicone or baking parchment
Smooth down with a palette knife or your knuckles slightly moistened with water
Cook in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes on 180C, 350F, Mark 4 gas
Divide in the tin and leave to cool in the tin until you can handle without burning yourself
Turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely
Place in air tight tin.

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