Often finding amazing recipes happens by accident, by typing in something that leads to an odd source and comes out as pure brilliance. These are from a kids website, although not necessarily very child friendly they are definitely adult friendly and so so much better than any packaged muesli bar I have ever tried.
¾ cup dried apricots, chopped
½ cup water
¾ cup brown sugar
1 ¼ plain flour
1 ½ tablespoons baking powder
1 cup of nestle white choc bits
1 cup of rolled oats (not instant)
Preheat the oven to 180’C. Place chopped apricots and water in a small saucepan over a medium/high heat, stir occasionally until boiling and then turn down to medium/low and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed. Once absorbed remove from heat and stir in the butter until all melted. Then stir in the brown sugar and mix until all combined. In a large bowl, sift flour and baking powder together, pour in apricot mixture, stir quickly then add choc bits and oats. Mix well until all combined, making sure all the flour is combined. Line a 18-20cm x 28cm baking tin, press mixture into the tin to your desired thickness, I left a bit at the end without any mixture. Bake in the oven for 25-35 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean and the top is light golden in colour. Cool in the tray for 10 minutes then on a cooling rack until completely cool. Then cut into as many slices as you like I got about 22. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
These are one of the first things I baked for Daniel when we were first together. Easy to make with the limited kitchen utensils he had when we met. A saucepan and a bowl and a spoon is really all you need, oh and something to sift the flour with, I don’t think I bothered back then. Although the apricots are so tasty it is hard to get them into the pan it is so very worth plumping them up with the water before they go in because they stay so beautifully moist in the oven. I think that is what I like most about them the crunchy, biscuity, apricottyness of them, also the addition of my favourite chocolate. White chocolate. Yummy!
Kind of like a mix and melt cake this recipe has no challenges. A second pair of hands is helpful at the last combining step to get them all in at the same time but by no means necessary. Happy tummies all round at work today, everyone thought they were lovely. I suppose you could change the ingredients a little if you don’t like apricots, dried apples, sultanas maybe some dates could all be nice. I personally love the combination of white chocolate and apricots though. Make sure you get the actual dried apricot halves, not the Turkish apricots. They are expensive about $6 for 200g but they have a much better flavour which is what you want, no point having a cheap but horrible tasting tray of muesli bars.