Warning!!!! This entire week is going to be exceedingly sweet and indulgent because I have many thanks to give...in the past few months, I have been receiving many Awards from my wonderful fellow bloggers that I have not yet accepted...I could not think of appropriate dishes to offer as treats and thanks to my fellow bloggers...now...I think I do!!! So, here we go...I warn you that the next few posts may be exceedingly sweet!!! I have always been addicted to cacao...look at my posts for molten chocolate lava cake or chocolatey nutella cookies... so what else but chocolate comes to my mind, when I pick treats to share with my blogger pals!!!
But, you know it...always wholesome with healthful elements...like these beautiful yet truly non-fat energy bars/squares!!! After trying these, I might totally avoid the store-bought energy and nut bars...Oh by the way, dont say I didnt warn you - these are extrrrrremely addictive.
Recipe for Chocolatey Fruit and Oat Squares :
Servings: 16 pieces(could vary depending on prefered size of bars)
Prep time: 15-20 mins
Cook time: 35-40 mins
1/3 cup rolled oats(I used the old-fashioned kind)
1/3 cup (45 grams) all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 cup crushed nuts(pistachio, walnut, pecans, hazelnuts, and/or almonds)
1 cup dried fruits- apricots/cherries/cranberries/dates/figs and/or prunes (pits
removed and cut into quarters)...I used a mixture of dried fruits
1/2 cup chopped semi-sweet chocolate (I used Nestle's choc morsels)
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C) and place the rack in the center of the oven. Have ready an 8 x 8 inch (20 x 20 cm) square baking pan that has been lined across the bottom and up the two opposite sides with aluminum foil. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir in the brown sugar, walnuts, chocolate and dried fruit.
Use your fingers to make sure that all the fruit and nuts have been coated with the oats/flour mixture.
In a separate bowl, beat (with a wire whisk or hand mixer) the egg and vanilla until light colored and thick (this will take a couple of minutes).
Add the egg mixture to the fruit and nut mixture and mix until all the fruit and nut pieces are coated with the batter. Spread into the prepared pan, pressing to even it out.
Bake for about 35 to 40 minutes, or until the batter is golden brown and has pulled away from the sides of the pan. You could drizzle some melted chocolate over the bar and then let cool.
When cooled, lift the bar from the pan by the edges of the aluminum foil. Use a sharp knife to cut into 16 squares.
Can be stored for about 10 days at room temperature or longer if refrigerated. Makes about 16 squares.
Now, coming to my beautiful Awards: Here are some wonderful awards from some of my greaaaat blogger pals: Priya of Priya's Recipes, Nisha of Nisha's Kitchen, Jay of Tasty Appetite and Priya Mitharwal of Mharo Rajasthan...A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THESE WONDERFUL BLOGGERS...YOU MADE MY DAY!!!
Update: Let me also mention that these awards were also showered on me by Jyoti of Panchpakwan, whose blog features not only recipes from all over the world...but specially, recipes from Karnataka and Maharashtra regions of India.
I would like to share these awards with all my blogger friends...I appreciate all of you and the wonderful efforts you put in every day TO MAKE & PRESENT the most awesome food...do feel free to accept these awards!!!
THERE ARE MORE AWARDS TO COME...MORE LATER!!!
As part of the rules for these awards I need to mention 5 of my favorite posts...which I will, in the next post...