I am always keen for ideas of something healthy to put in the boys lunch boxes or to give them for afternoon tea that is home made. I refuse to buy commercial muesli bars or give the boys those snack packs of savoury biscuits or cheese and biscuit mini packs and so on because they are full of sugar, high in salt and often fat and don’t even get me started on the role of thickeners, preservatives, colours and the list goes on.
Muffins are a great one but you need to be able to freeze them or they just turn into paper weights the day after baking. And well, our tiny freezer has been known to be the straw capable of breaking this camel’s back. Biscuits are also great but in our house they don’t last long and while I would love to think I could just whip up a batch each day let’s get real. And then beautiful Krista posted this on her flikr page. I’ve slightly changed it as I am want to do – no sugar in the stewed apricots, no added salt, sultanas instead of dried cranberries as I suspect in Canada you have quite a selection of dried cranberries to choose from as opposed to here where you get craisins and I hate craisins. But I have thrown in a handful of choc chips as she suggests. You know, country to country.
- 1 cup dried apricots
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 cup rolled oats (not quick)
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup wheat germ
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup sultanas
- 1/4 cup choc chips
- Chop apricots* and combine with water in a saucepan. Bring to boil, cover and turn down to simmer for 20 minutes adding some extra water if necessary
- Combine brown sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla in a large bowl
- Mix in the oats, wheat germ, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, sultanas and choc chips
- Stir in apricots
- Pour into a lined 8×8 cake pan (I used a rectangular one that I think is 7×11 or so, bake for 35 minutes at 350 F (170C)
- Turn out when cool and cut into 16 squares.
* I completely forgot to chop them, infact, hadn’t read this bit and was wondering if I should chop them, but folded them in as they were (halved) and they sort of mushed in. I thought it was really clever but now realise I should probably have chopped them.