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Cherry energy bars with white chocolate drizzle

Cherry energy bars with white chocolate drizzle

Healthy nutty snacks, perfect for a mid-morning snack or in a lunch box.

  • Serves: 24

What you need:

  • 100g rolled oats
  • 50g pecan nuts, roughly chopped
  • 50g pistachios, roughly chopped
  • 75g desiccated coconut
  • 50g pumpkin seeds
  • 30 French glace cherries, quartered
  • 140ml honey
  • 75g salted butter
  • 160g dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 75g puffed rice cereal
  • A pinch of salt
  • 100g white chocolate, chopped

What you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 180c. Line a 30cm x 20cm baking tin with non-stick parchment paper and set aside. Arrange the oats, pecan nuts, pistachios, and pumpkin seeds on a baking tray and bake for 8 minutes. Remove from the tray and pour into a large bowl with the coconut, puffed rice and French glace cherries.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, honey, butter and a pinch of salt. Let simmer until the sugar is dissolved and is caramel like, for about 5 minutes. Add the vanilla extract. Pour over the cereal-nuts mixture and stir well. Press the mixture into the lined tin. Place another sheet of parchment over the mixture and place something heavy like a book over the top and let sit for an hour.
  3. Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl suspended over a saucepan of boiling water. Keep stirring until melted. Alternatively, you can melt in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds.Slice into 12 bars and drizzle each one with the chocolate.

Cook's tip:

Store them in a sealed container to keep fresh for over a week.

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French Glace Cherries

French Glace Cherries

French Glacé Cherries retain their flavour, shape and texture throughout the baking process. As such, they offer unbeatable quality, and reliable results every time. So don’t just use them in a traditional fruit cake, why not try them in other sweet (or savoury) dishes?

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