This is a pretty quick recipe to put together, and if you're after some sustenance for something, or maybe to create your own lunchbox snacks - you can tweak the fruit and nuts you add to suit your tastes - maybe macadamias instead of almonds for a really grown-up treat, or chopped dried apricots with chocolate chips instead of nuts, for example. Think of all the yummy possibilities!
There's a sort of mini chemistry experiment in the middle, where you melt the golden syrup and butter in one container, and mix the baking soda with boiling water in another, then combine the two so that the syrup/butter mixture fizzes up excitingly (I really should make some hokey pokey).
Then you just mix it all together. So easy! This is one of those recipes where hands do a better job than a spoon at combining everything - since the mixture isn't excessively endowed with wet ingredients and you don't want any patches of dry oats/flour. Plus then you'll get to lick your fingers clean!
It turns a luscious golden colour when baked. If you like you can dribble chocolate over the top like I did - but it's pretty tasty on its own too.
If you want some and you'll be in Christchurch on Saturday and don't mind getting your hands dirty you're more than welcome to come along. ;-)
Cranberry Almond Muesli Bars (adapted from the Edmonds cook book)
70g slivered almonds
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup coconut
3/4 cup rolled oats
150g dried cranberries
1 1/2 Tbsp golden syrup
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 Tbsp boiling water
Preheat oven to 180 C. Spread almonds on a tray and toast in oven for 7-10 minutes or until brown.
Combine almonds, flour, sugar, coconut, oats and cranberries in a bowl.
Melt the golden syrup and butter together. Mix the baking soda with the boiling water in another container, then add to the golden syrup mixture. Mix into dry ingredients until all combined.
Press mixture into a greased brownie pan or 20cm square cake tin and bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden and cooked through. Cool in the tin. Turn out and drizzle with chocolate if desired. Cut into pieces to serve.