My son loves chocolate. That, in itself, isn't so bad. Trouble is, he craves those really nasty chocolate goo-covered sponge cake industrial garbage wrapped in plastic. I'm currently on a quest to find something we can make, something easy hopefully (and this recipe is EASY!), that he won't trade away at snack time for some crunchy chocolate cookies with strawberry frosting and bits of concentrated sugar sprinkles.
I snagged this recipe from Katy at Sugarlaws. I was feeling a bit lazy tonight and the recipe was so easy to do. I liked the sound of it.
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons / 100g oats
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 4 tablespoons corn syrup
- 1 egg white
- 1/2 cup / 50g raisins
- 3 tablespoons / 20g pistachios, shelled and chopped
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
This one is so very easy. Just set your oven to 325F (163C).
Mix all the ingredients together well. They should all hold together, sort of, but there should be no excess liquid. If there's extra, add a little bit more oats and stir. Repeat until no liquid.
I poured my mixture into one of my silicone tart pans. These made perfect molds. The original recipe said it made eight small bars. I figured I'd just chop these in half to make reasonably sized servings. I am trying to make something healthy here. Excessive size is almost as bad as sugar death bomb cakes.
Into the oven for 35 minutes.
Done. Like I said, so easy!
Primary Test Group: Only a partial group tonight. Various members are out and about. This is probably good because I cannot imagine the look of disdain on my son's face if I asked him to eat these.
Honestly, I like them. They remind me of Boy Scouts many, many years ago. It gives your mouth a workout much like raw celery does. You know you're eating something of substance and something that tastes good. There is something very satisfying about this.
The batch didn't make enough to have for other testers. Probably good, anyway. I'm not sure these would be to their liking, either.
Not sure were to go. I think a little sugar would go a long ways with these. The honey just didn't cut it. Brown sugar, of course.
I won't make these again. Since I'm the only one here who would eat them, not worth my time.
These are definitely for hard-core granola eaters. They're not sweet or gooey ... nor are there thick chunks of chocolate in them.
What they are is good, solid food that provides great nutrition.
Honestly, this kind of food is what we should be eating. Trouble is, it just doesn't taste good enough ...
And therein lies my problem. I need to find something nutritious that will also please the five year old palette. Unfortunately, this isn't it.
If it were just me, I'd play with these a little, but keep making them.