This recipe for snack bars is so easy and they are so good for you that I'll be making it time and time again. They're made with natural ingredients, including spelt, honey, almonds and dried fruit. They need to be stored in the freezer to keep them together, which in theory means they'll last for ages. The reality here was rather different with the whole batch disappearing in just a few days. In fact they should probably come with a warning along the lines of "Watch out! These bars are dangerously moreish."
The bars are made with Rude Health organic honey spelt puffs. This is Rude Health's first product that is specifically aimed at children. It has just two ingredients - honey and spelt - and lovely packaging with gorgeous drawings of an owl and a mouse.
All three of my kids absolutely love this cereal. R has it with milk and the other two prefer to eat it dry. It's great for breakfast, it's great for a snack and it's also great for keeping a toddler in his highchair just a little bit longer while you clean up - because the small grains take time to pick up and eat one by one.
Here's what to do:
Ingredients (makes abour 20 squares)
20g coconut oil
110g honey or maple syrup
100g honey spelt puffs
70g ground almonds
75g dried fruit - I used dried cherries
50g cacao nibs or chocolate chips - optional
1. Grease a 20x30cm baking tray and line with baking paper.
2. Heat the coconut oil and honey together in a small pan over a low heat until the coconut oil has melted. Allow to cool a little.
3. Place all the other ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir.
4. Pour the coconut oil and honey mixture over the top and stir well until thoroughly combined.
5. Tip into the prepared baking tray and smooth out with the back of a wooden spoon.
6. Freeze for an hour, then remove from the freezer and cut into squares or bars. Transfer to a Tupperware dish with a lid and store in the freezer.
Rude Health Honey Spelt Puffs are available to buy now from Waitrose and selected independent retailers. They'll be on sale in Wholefoods from 10 June and from the Rude Health website and Ocado later this month.
NB: This recipe is adapted from one for Healthy Rice Crispy Squares by Cooking Them Healthy.
Disclaimer: this is a collaborative post with Rude Health. All opinions are honest and my own.