It was a drizzly and cold day yesterday so I couldn't get out in the garden. I was feeling under the weather so I couldn't clean out the barn.
I could, however, try out my new/used recipe book: Snackers by Maureen & Jim Wallace.
Published in 1977, it's full of recipes for everything from bars and squares to cakes and cookies, pies and pastries and even "soft" drinks (that are more like smoothies and shakes), using healthy, natural ingredients: no refined sugar, no artificial colourings, no imitiation flavourings, no chemical preservatives.
I love the dedication at the front of the book: "To the children, whose feet, we hope, will tread the path that is paved with good nutrition." Given that this book was written in the late 70s and having looked at the crap that goes into many families' grocery carts and school lunches nowadays, I fear many children still have a long way to go.
Pure food? I say, bring it on.
While my kids can't take anything with peanut butter to school due to an allergy alert (many schools are peanut-free zones) I thought this recipe for Bounty Bars would make a good after- school snack.
What's more, I had all of the ingredients.
• 3/4 cup natural peanut butter
• 1/4 to 1/2 cup honey
• 1 tablespoon milk (cow, soy, rice or almond milk should be fine)
• 1 well-beaten egg
• 3/4 cup rolled oats
• 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1.) Cream the honey and peanut butter; add the milk and egg, mix well. Add remaining ingredients.
2.) Pat into lightly oiled/buttered 10" square baking pan (I used a rectangular 10" x 8" pan). Mixture should be about 1/2" deep (mine was a bit thicker, so I baked it longer)
3.) Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes. When I pulled it out of the oven, it had a brownie-like look it it -- kind of soft and bubbly. But as it cooled, it hardened a wee bit.
4.) Cut into squares and serve.
The verdict: I used the lesser amount of honey and my kids found it a bit dense at first. But then I drizzled just a tiny amount across the top and that was it, they loved it!
The squares are quite crumbly, so they'd probably fall apart in a school lunch or picnic but they're perfect for an at-home treat.