Monday, March 2, 2015

HOMEMADE KIND BARS



Ingredients

  • FOR NUT MIXTURE:
  • 1-1/4 cups whole roasted* unsalted almonds
  • 1 cup whole roasted* unsalted peanuts
  • 3/4 cup roasted* walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 7 dates, diced
  • 7 dried apricots, diced
  • 2 tablespoon raisins, diced
  • 1/2 cup puffed millet
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal

  • FOR SYRUP:
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup)
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla



*IF NUTS AREN'T ALREADY ROASTED:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread nuts  on large baking sheet and bake for 10 min. until lightly toasted and fragrant. 




Directions
Grease/spray a 9x13 baking sheet/pan, Set aside. (I also lined with parchment paper for easy removal).

Add toasted nuts and dried fruits to large bowl; breaking apart clumps of fruit to distribute evenly throughout mix. 
Add puffed millet and flaxseed meal. 
Stir to combine; set aside.



In 1-1/2 or 2 quart saucepan, combine honey, corn syrup, apple juice, salt, and vanilla over medium-high heat. 
Cook, stirring frequently, until mixture reaches 260 degrees (hard ball stage) on a candy thermometer. Immediately, pour mixture over nut mixture, stir until evenly coated. 
Quickly transfer to greased/sprayed 9x13 pan, use hands to spread mixture evenly in pan; press the mixture to close in holes and distribute evenly all over the pan. 
Let cool 20 minutes (pan should still be slightly warm). 
Invert pan on cutting board and tap until mixture falls out in one piece. 
Cut into 20 bars.