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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Apricot, Cranberry and Almond Spelt Oat Bars.




I spent the few days last week working on a cake for a friends 3rd birthday.  I hadn't made a cake in a few months so it was fun to get back in the groove. I have a few more cakes to work on in the next several weeks, one more thing to add to the busy list.



This past weekend we had our first trip of the season up to the cottage.   I don't know why we go this weekend every year, the bugs are terrible.  We basically go from car to boat to cottage and stay indoors for 3 days and then go from cottage to boat to car.  It is too annoying to be outside, especially for me.  I find the bugs love me and my dark hair, no matter how many light coloured clothes I wear.   I think after long cold winters, we are just so happy summer is here and we're dying to get to the cottage.   Even if we are stuck in doors it is relaxing and fun.

This was our first cottage trip with the little one.  As if we didn't bring enough baggage before, PAH!  Add baby stuff and add three more bags plus baby.   I can't imagine how that will change with a second child in the mix one day.  Maybe I need to improve my packing skills.

Since I was away the last few days with no Internet I was unable to tell you this fun news.
I’m participating in a Good Old Fashioned Recipe Blog Swap! Julie {White Lights on Wednesday}Kelley {Miss Information} and Rachel {i love my disorganized life} have paired up 30 incredible bloggers to trade blogs for the day.


Brianna from Flippin Delicious and I will be sharing a fabulous recipe on each other’s blogs {but we can’t tell you what they are, because they’re a secret!}. Be sure to visit both of us on May 27th, we wouldn’t want you to miss out on any deliciousness!


These bars are a perfect cottage snack or anytime snack.  

Apricot, Cranberry and Almond Spelt Oat Bars.



INGREDIENTS:

  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup spelt oats
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped apricots
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 pear, grated
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
INSTRUCTIONS:
1) Preheat oven to 350F.  Spray a 10 inch square pan wit non stick spray. 
2) In a large bowl combine oats, almond, dried fruit and cinnamon. 
3) In a large measuring cup , whisk together honey, almond milk, apple and vanilla
4) Pour the wet mixture over the dry mixture and mix until well combined. 
5) Bake for 40-45 minutes, until golden brown.   Let cool and refrigerate until firm.  Slice into squares. 

Now I know why people make their own granola bars.  So much better!












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