microwave breakfast granola bars and eureka! I think I have just created the most amazing granola bar ever...
I was thinking apple pie when I made these. Dried apples and walnuts with cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg. The smell while they are cooking is enough for me to want to make these over and over again. It really does smell like apple pie. And the taste is gorgeous! Not too sweet, with just the right amount of cinnamon and nutmeg. The walnuts not only add lovely texture and taste, but I like the additional nutritional benefits. Walnuts are rich in fiber, B vitamins, magnesium, and antioxidants. They are also a great source of the cholesterol reducing omega 3's...
Who would have thought you could get all those benefits in a delicious, amazingly good little granola bar?
Apple Pie Granola Bars
(Makes one 9x9 pan of bars)
2/3 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup firmly packed soft brown sugar
4 tablespoons golden syrup
3 1/3 cups quick oats
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup dries apples, chopped into bite sized pieces
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
Grease a small shallow microwave safe 9x9 baking dish. Set aside.
Place the butter or margarine, sugar, and golden syrup in a microwave safe bowl and cook on high power for 1 to 2 minutes, or until butter or margarine is melted. Stir in the oats, dried apples, walnuts, cinnnamon, and nutmeg and mix well.
Press mixture into dish. Cook on high power for about 6 minutes or until the centre is bubbling. Allow to cool a little then press down hard with the back of a spatula. Completely cool then cut into squares. Store in fridge for up to 2 weeks.