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 Selfies
h 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.
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
Toss in 1 cup of dried fruits. I used mango bits,pineapple bits,raisins and chopped mejdool dates.Mix well.
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.
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.
Slice into bars. This should make approximately 10 bars of this size.
Wrap the individual bars in buter paper or chocolate wrappers and store in fridge or gift to someone you care about.
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..