Fruit ‘n Nut chewy Granola bar – and a Selfiesh world!

Chewy healthy granola bar
Chewy healthy granola bar

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Last week I had some shopping errands to run. While on my way back I happened to drive past my college(the place where I did my under graduation). I have some lovely memories of those days. It was so many years since I passed out of  college and I hadn’t had a chance to visit it.I decided to pull over and see the college from inside.It was 3 in the afternoon and the classes had just ended for the day and it was an appropriate time to do so. I wondered if it was still the same old beautiful campus or there were any major structural changes.Filled with excitement and nostalgia I entered the gates of my  alma mater. The campus was still as beautiful,the buildings well maintained and the lawns as well manicured as before.Wow! Nothing had changed.

I visited the classrooms where I studied,  the cafeteria, library,lecture halls and walked through the long corridors lost in thoughts ,reminiscing about my friends and teachers,almost hearing the lively chatter and remembering the happy and fun times we spent there.

A sweet but chirpy ‘Excuse me!’ brought me out of my reverie. I realised I was coming in the background of someone’s selfie. Mumbling something apologetic , I quickly ducked out of their frame,not realising that  I had to keep doing that every few seconds.I have to mention here that it was an all girls college.At every nook and corner were girls…girls in ones… twos…threes …girls in groups…smiling girls…pouting girls…pretty girls…skinny girls…smart girls…but mostly girls with only one mission on hand….getting that perfect ‘Selfie’

The first words which came to my mind then were-

“OMG! This is a Selfiesh world!”   🙂

I chuckled to myself at the play of words.I am pretty sure the craze for selfies is the same everywhere.This could easily be the “Year of Selfies” 🙂

The college was the same. It was the generation that had changed.

 

With newer thoughts and refreshed memories I returned home and made these delicious chewy,nutritious granola bars. Packed with fruits,nuts,dates,oats,coconut,choco chips,orange and lemon peels and honey these mini snack bars are full of energy and can be an ideal kick start for the day especially for those teenagers or people rushing to colleges or work places and have no time for a sit down breakfast. You can make them in advance on a weekend perhaps,pack them in individual butter papers/chocolate wrappers,keep them in the fridge and just pick one or two of them when you are leaving home. It has to be out of the fridge at least ten minutes before you eat or better still you can warm it up in the microwave for 10 seconds. They look pretty and taste delicious and chewy.

Why not make these yummy snack bars today and be rest assured that your family has  the energy to kickstart the day.

STEP ONE:

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Line a baking sheet with aluminium foil or parchment paper. Put in 2  and 1/4 cups rolled oats, 1 cup chopped nuts (almonds,walnuts,pecans) and roast at 350º F for 6 minutes. Add 1/4 cup dry grated coconut and roast further 6 minutes. Take out of the oven and let cool.

Total time taken in the oven: 12 minutes

STEP TWO:

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Toss in 1 cup of dried fruits. I used mango bits,pineapple bits,raisins and chopped mejdool dates.Mix well.

STEP THREE:

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In a saucepan put 1/2 cup+ 1tbsp honey, 3 tbsp. brown sugar,2 tbsp. butter,1 tsp. vanilla/pineapple essence,2 tsp. cinnamon and 1 tsp. salt. Bring to a boil while continuously stirring. Take off heat. Add the roasted oats,fruits and nuts to this sauce and mix well.

STEP FOUR:

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Line a 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper and grease it. Spoon in the oats and honey mixture into it and press lightly with the back of a spoon.Sprinkle some choco chips and some dried orange and lemon peels. Do not press it hard.It can make the granola bar tough and dense.Bake in a pre heated oven at 325º F for 20 minutes.Let cool.

STEP FIVE:

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Slice into bars. This should make approximately 10 bars of this size.

STEP SIX:

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Wrap the individual bars in buter paper or chocolate wrappers and store in fridge or gift to someone you care about.

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I am taking this delicious snack to party with my Fiesta Friday friends. Wow! Can’t believe it is the 90th Friday already and it just seems like yesterday. We have some new party co-hosts  Effie @ Food Daydreaming and Lindy @ Lindy Mechefske to help out dear Angie. So let’s not waste time and rush to the party..

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70 thoughts on “Fruit ‘n Nut chewy Granola bar – and a Selfiesh world!

    1. Yes Vidya. I relived all those fun moments spent with my friends. I really enjoyed the visit. The granola bars turn out very delicious and stay in the fridge for more than a week.

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    1. Haha😉 I am sure our younger generation was at the back of my mind while I was conjuring up this health bar. They just never seem to have enough time for breakfast 😓
      Thank you Anshu for liking the recipe.

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  1. Oh what lovely treats these are Ana. Always love granola bars, and I’m sure the home made variety is much better than store bought. I love all the ingredients in these, they would definitely make for a gorgeous snack or in a lunch box. I’m sure your visit to your college brought back some cherished memories. 🙂

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    1. Thank you Loretta ☺ Once we start making these customised beauties at home we will never go back to the store bought ones. And yes I really enjoyed my trip to the college. However none of my teachers are teaching there. They have all moved on. So couldn’t meet any of them.

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    1. Thank you Sandhya 🙂 They turned out so good that I am all set to making another batch. We can customise them with our choice of fruits and nuts. Makes a good nutritious snack ☺

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    1. Thank you so much dear Arl ☺ I am sure your son wouldn’t mind grabbing a couple of them when going out.
      Even I was planning to pack them for my son when he comes for a break from his University to take back. Because his hectic schedule makes him miss his break fasts most of the time.

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  2. I also just visited my Alma mater. So interesting to go back. I had to laugh at your comments about selfies. So true.
    As for the granola bars – I love the combination of the toasted nuts and oats and then all the fruits. Just beautiful. Thanks for bringing these to Fiesta Friday!

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    1. Thank you so much for the motivating words. Visiting our alma mater after a long time gives mixed feelings right? Can’t explain in words. There is happiness and excitement on one side then there is also a sense of having lost on time, a feeling of growing older when you see the younger generation but still the feeling of happiness supercedes all the other emotions .

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