‘I like making my own cereal bars as i know exactly what has gone into them. This is a quick recipe and the result is amazing. Once they are completely cool, preferably the day after, I cut them up, pack them individually and freeze them’
You will need:
1 large carrot, grated
a pod of vanilla
2 cups oats
1/2 cup dates
a pinch of salt
1/4 cup mixed chopped almonds and pistachios
a pinch of cinnamon
a grating of fresh nutmeg
a pinch of mixed spice
grated zest of a tangerine
Preheat the oven to 180C.
In a saucepan placed the dates and grated carrot. Add 1/4 cup of water, the spices and grated citrus zest and allow the dates to break down on low heat. Add more water, a few tablespoons at a time if necessary and do not allow the mixture to dry up. When the dates are soft and mushy turn off the heat, mix and allow to cool
In a large bowl place the oats, add the vanilla then add the cooled down date and carrot mixture. Mix until the consistency is even.
Line a loaf tin with baking paper. Press down the mixture and use a spoon dipped in water to press it down until it is compact. Top with chopped nuts and press down again using the wet spoon.
Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
Leave in the fridge overnight.
The next day remove the bake from the loaf tin by pulling the baking paper out gently.
Use a sharp knife to cut into bars. They can be stored in the freezer for up to a month. If you are using them for kids lunch boxes or parties, leave the nuts out.
And you can use the same recipe without baking by shaping the mixture into balls and rolling them in coconut to produce these delicious Carrot and Coconut balls.